TOWARDS BLENDED LEARNING FOR DEAF STUDIES AT THIRD LEVEL IN IRELAND
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Citation:Lorraine Leeson, Brian Nolan and John Bosco Conama, TOWARDS BLENDED LEARNING FOR DEAF STUDIES AT THIRD LEVEL IN IRELAND, EDULEARN09 Proceedings CD, EDULEARN 2009, Barcelona, Spain, 6-9 July 2009, ISBN: 978-84-612-980, 2009
Irish Sign Language (ISL), an indigenous language of Ireland, is recognized by the EU as a natural language. It is a language separate from the other languages used in Ireland, including English, Irish, and, in Northern Ireland, British Sign Language. Some 6,500 Deaf people use ISL on the island of Ireland. Deaf people are the most under-represented of all disadvantaged groups at third level, posing two challenges: (1) getting Deaf people into third level and (2) presenting education in an accessible form. Two institutions, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the Institute for Technology, Blanchardstown, Dublin (ITB) have partnered to create a unique elearning environment based on MOODLE as the learning management system, in the delivery of Deaf Studies programmes at TCD. We deliver third level programmes to students online to resolves problems of time, geography and access, maximizing multi-functional uses of digital assets across our programmes. Signed languages are visual-gestural languages and online content is required to be multi-modal in nature and utilize rich-media learning objects. This presents many important challenges, including (1) Universal design in an online curriculum for Deaf students , (2) Assessing signed language interpreting skill in an online context, (3) Using the Signs of Ireland corpus in blended learning contexts in a MOODLE environment and (4) Issues of assessment in an elearning context. In this paper, we introduce the Irish Deaf community and their language; the educational context that leads to disadvantage and negative outcomes in employment and our work to date in developing accessible elearning for Deaf Studies programmes at TCD.
Other Titles:EDULEARN09 Proceedings CD
Keywords:Elearning, Deaf Studies, Strategic Innovation Fund, Irish Sign Language, Accessibility, Inter-institutional collaboration
Series/Report no:ISBN: 978-84-612-980