[Athen] question of captioning vs. ASL

Heidi Scher hascherdss at gmail.com
Wed Jul 8 06:38:21 PDT 2015

Hi Howard,

I have to echo Ron's suggestion at contacting PEPNet. But I can tell you
from experience that I have had graduate students who were deaf and did not
have literacy skills. We suspected that it was due to a reading disability
based on other characteristics the students exhibited. (This was back in
the "dark ages" when some believed that individuals who were deaf couldn't
have learning disabilities. Thank goodness the field has past that false

I know at one time the University of Arkansas at Little Rock was doing a
tremendous job of including interpreters into their videos.


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On Mon, Jul 6, 2015 at 5:09 PM, Ron <ronrstewart at gmail.com> wrote:

> It was a considerable topic of conversation a few years back. I would

> contact our friends at Pepnet on the topic. It paralleled the early work on

> signing avatars, which seemed to have promise but could never deliver on

> the promise.


> The short answer is yes but most likely not spliced into the video stream

> but instead as it's own separate PnP display. I have seen it done very well

> with the verbiage stream in one inbeded display and the ASL in a second.

> From a teaching and learning perspective I always become concerned about

> cognitive load in these complex info processing environs.


> One project I was involved in while at Oregon State worked at developing

> multi-modal info streams and the end user could select the ones the wanted

> in the learning space. A great project and the end product was amazing, but

> so cost prohibitive to produce that it never went anywhere once the grant

> ran out.


> Ron Stewart


> On Monday, July 6, 2015, Howard Kramer <hkramer at ahead.org> wrote:


>> I've been having a discussion with some colleagues over whether

>> captioning is adequate as a means for access for all deaf or HOH students.

>> Someone suggested that because of literacy issues some students might need

>> ASL (spliced into the video in lieu of captioning). Has this issue ever

>> come up for anyone. It would seem that any students in this demographic

>> with literary skills that poor would not have the necessary skills for

>> attending college or university. Just wanted to see what other thought

>> about this.


>> -Howard



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