In this MERLOT Elixir case story, American Sign Language (ASL) faculty member Bill Vicars describes his experiences integrating technology into his instruction in order to promote accessibility and enhance learning for all his students. Information and examples on the evolution of his practice are provided in text and in accessible video clips of him and some of his students. There are links to his favorite tools and resources including articles, newsletters, and interactive tutorials.
Type of Material:
Independent study, training material, basis for discussion by instructors developing course material consonant with the principles of Universal Design. Professional development and Pre-service teacher education
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
This resource raises awareness about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the role that technology can play in making course materials and activities more accessible while enhancing learning for all.
There are links to text articles, a newsletter, and interactive tutorials for those specifically interested in ASL.
Target Student Population:
Any faculty or instructors at any level of teaching.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Evaluation and Observation
This case story provides excellent information in text, images, and video from both the professor and students in his class. In addition, there are a multitude of text resources and two interactive tutorials on American Sign Language.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Vicars discusses the thought processes, implementation, and results underlying the evolution of his work. This will be both instructive and reassuring for instructors turning their Universal Design and technologies for the first time.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Video clips cannot be viewed on mobile devices that do not support flash.
Viewing text is controlled by clicking up or down arrows. Though there is a bit of overlap in the text from one click to the next, it makes it a bit harder to read and comprehend.
Some of the icons are not obvious and they lack tooltips; however, once one clicks them, they are easily understandable and do not detract from navigating the resources.