Creating an Effective Online Curriculum
For face-to-face courses, developing an ASL curriculum is centered around the students. However, in developing ASL online courses, technology is a critical component as this is the gateway for pedagogical delivery of content to students. Virtual education requires curriculum builders to veer away from traditional schooling and move towards innovative education and organic approaches that benefit students in language learning. This presentation will discuss the various tools, including the technical vehicle, language mentoring, and educational content and its objectives, that enables students to succeed. Not only do online students benefit from resources that promote effective language learning, students are also able to learn about the cultural aspect of American Sign Language with implementation of multicultural content. Like technology, the curriculum is a work in progress and will continue to evolve over time.
Christina Hopewell-Albert is the coordinator for Gallaudet University’s American Sign Language Program. She pursued her interest in American Sign Language linguistics, obtaining a B.A. in Linguistics with a concentration in Deaf Studies at California State University, Northridge, followed with an M.A. in Linguistics at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. With 16 years of experience in business management and ownership, contracts for studio work, and industry marketing, it made perfect sense to transition to a position that oversaw a marriage between ASL education and business entrepreneurship. After having taught ASL courses at various higher education institutions in California, Maryland, and D.C. since 2000, Christina gained a deeper understanding and appreciation for online ASL curriculum and pedagogy by furthering her education as a doctorate student at Northeastern University. In her spare time, Christina enjoys adventures of the palate with her husband, son, family, and friends.
Frank Griffin is the founder of 10 Digit Learning Innovations. Specializing in digital and online pedagogy, Frank is an accomplished instructional designer, having consulted on multiple programs of study online, he enjoys the challenge of creating engaging content while bridging the social gap that often exists in online education. Prior to founding his company, Frank worked as an ASL instructor for Gallaudet University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In addition to consulting, Frank enjoys innovative projects that involve interactions of deaf persons in online gaming and virtual reality. In his free time, Frank and his family enjoy trips to the beach, barbecuing, going camping and playing board games.