Providing complete language accessibility for students who are deaf or hard of hearing in synchronous online classrooms
Wednesday, June 25 2:45 PM-3:05 PM
Presider:Godwin Okeke, University of North Texas Denton, United States
In higher education, students with sensory deficits often have difficulties accessing synchronous online coursework. For students with hearing loss enrolled in coursework that depends on oral interaction, this is especially difficult. Traditionally, for students who rely on sign language, lip reading, or the written word in order to access course content and participate in interactive discussion, synchronous web classes have been inaccessible without an interpreter or real-time captioner (CART) located at the students' home. After several attempts to find "workarounds" or locate existing programs to ensure accessibility, the presenter achieved success using low cost and readily available technologies that allow all students to fully interact in video conferencing courses, and to do so from the comfort of their own homes without the need to employ multiple interpreters and/or CART servicers. Video clips of several attempts and the current solution will be shared with the audience.