International Association of Technology, Education and Development
Haaris Sheikh and Lorraine Leeson, SIGNALL: A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON DELIVERING DEAF STUDIES, ICERI2009 Proceedings CD, ICERI 2009, Madrid, Spain, November 2009, International Association of Technology, Education and Development, 2009
This paper presents interim outcomes of a European Commission funded project which brings
together industry, academics and practitioners in an innovative project to create an international
forum of learning through a Bachelor Degree in Deaf Studies. SIGNALL II builds on the
successes of SIGNALL I (a Leonardo da Vinci project). It is promoted by Interesource Group
(Ireland) Limited, partnered with the Centre for Deaf Studies, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), Irish
Deaf Society (Ireland), Finnish Association of the Deaf (Finland), University of Sussex (UK), the
Foundation for the Promotion of Entrepreneurship, Lodz, (Poland) and Grant Advisor, Brno
(Czech Republic). The theoretical content for the ‘Perspectives on Deafness’ (POD) course was
created by the Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS) at Trinity College Dublin. CDS has actively
engaged in the development of digital learning assets to support traditional delivery of
programmes. This course forms part of the new Bachelor’s degree in Deaf Studies which is
offered at Trinity College Dublin. POD was traditionally delivered within the Irish context. Now, via
SIGNALL II, a European perspective is added, allowing for the exploration of shared - and
differing - experiences of Deafhood (Ladd 2003) across Europe as well as notions of d/Deafness
as a medical, social, cultural, and historical construct. Particular focus is given to the Czech,
Finnish, Polish and British perspectives. Human rights issues are also explored in this wide
reaching course. This paper outlines the background to the development of this course, outlining
the rationale, content, creation of multi-modal digital assets in nine languages - 4 spoken and 5
signed languages, the nature of international involvement and the challenges to creating a
repository of digital courseware that will be accessible and relevant to Deaf and hearing students
and employers across the European Union, and beyond.
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