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Turning Impossibility to Possibility: Creating an Effective and Engaging ASL Online Course

The past decade has seen an exponential boon in digital education and its popularity among students. While there is skepticism among educators and programs in the success of ASL online courses, the current and future demand for such course offerings merit a sincere effort to implement such options. This workshop will use 5 years of experience successfully teaching online ASL courses to demystify the notation that ASL instruction must be limited to the classroom. This workshop will discuss best practices for teaching ASL online including strategies, approaches, technologies, teaching/learning tools and cultivating student engagement.

About

Fallon Brizendine

Fallon Brizendine

Fallon holds a Masters in Interpretation from Gallaudet University, one of the few Deaf interpreters to hold this degree. As a RID Certified Deaf Interpreter, she has been interpreting in post-secondary, legal, medical, mental health, and educational settings and provided numerous workshops on interpreting topics nationwide. She has taught various ASL and interpreting courses in several approaches such as traditional, hybrid and online for ten years, coordinated internship program and is currently serving as Department Chair at Austin Community College in Austin, TX. She is most notably DeafMD.org where she is the primary translator of medical text to ASL. She served as RID Region IV Deaf Caucus Leader and as co-chair for 2015 RID National Conference in New Orleans. In summer of 2018, her contributed chapter “Hey Listen, Mainstream Students Deserve More!” was published in Tom K. Holcomb’s “Deaf Eyes on Interpreting”. A die hard Washington Redskins football fan, she hopes to one day score the game winning touchdown in the Super Bowl.

Lisa Gelineau

Lisa Gelineau

Lisa holds a Master’s degree in Deaf Studies/Deaf Education from Lamar University and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Texas State University. She has also completed all of her doctoral course work in Deaf Studies at Lamar University in Texas. In her 20+ years career, she has taught many ASL classes in various colleges and universities and presented workshops and training on various ASL-related topics. She is currently working as a full-time Professor at Austin Community College (ACC) in Austin, TX, teaching ASL in various capacities such as traditional, hybrid/flipped classroom and online. During her time at ACC, she has received a Teacher Excellence Award. Also, she has worked as an American Sign Language Proficiency Evaluator at ASL Diagnostic and Evaluation Services (ASL-DES) at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. In addition to her experiences, Lisa Gelineau co-authored and published four e-workbooks, TRUE+WAY ASL: Level 1-4.