The Effective Ways of Learning ASL: Comparisons of Learning Management Systems
Online learning continues to grow and evolve throughout the country. It is becoming widely popular. The universities and high schools begin to offer ASL online courses. Each university or high school should evaluate the pros and cons of using the learning management systems (LMS) before implementation of an ASL online course. These are several issues that will be addressed in the presentation as well as comparing two learning management systems (Blackboard and Canvas). We will discuss the value and components of Blackboard and Canvas as well as how to use them with the ASL online course. The participants will learn the importance of the quality of an ASL online course and understand the differences between LMS.
Dr. Smith-Warshaw, a third generation Deaf and a native ASL signer, is currently the President of National American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA) and the Director of Deaf Studies/Assistant Professor at the California State University, Fresno where she teaches courses related to ASL and Deaf Education. Dr. Smith-Warshaw received her B.S. in Management Science from the University of South Carolina, M.A. in Deaf Education from McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College), Ed.S. in Change Leadership from Gallaudet University, and Ed.D. in Leadership for Educational Justice from the University of Redlands. She holds ASLTA Master Level certification.
Dr. Radford is a faculty member in Deaf Education at Utah State University. He currently teaches American Sign Language, Deaf Culture, Academic use of ASL in the classroom and during the summer he teaches Curriculum Development at Gallaudet University. He has developed, coordinated, and supervised the online ASL program for Utah State University for the past 10 years using Blackboard and Canvas. Prior to teaching at USU, Dr. Radford served as principal (K-12) at the Sequoia School for the Deaf in Mesa, Arizona. He has been teaching ASL for 20 years in higher education.