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The Effectiveness of ASL Online and Face-to-Face Courses

The demands for ASL courses have been constantly on the rise. Given that onsite ASL courses required that students be able to see each other, they tend to have lower student-to-faculty ratios; this limited enrollment and the rise in online learning has led to many universities developing ASL courses online. This raised the question of whether students’ resulting signing skills were equally proficient when they took an online course as when they took an onsite course. This quasi-experimental study investigated students’ signing skills within the two different course formats. The result of this study focused on assessing students’ signing skills to answer this question will be discussed. Comparing the two course formats will be done using the interactive learning theory framework. The results will help to identify if the online format led to the development of the same level of ASL skills as were developed within an onsite class.

About

Kim Pudans-Smith

Kim Pudans-Smith

Kim is the ASL as a Second Language Program Coordinator at Gallaudet University with ASL and Deaf Studies department, has been teaching ASL for more than 20 years at various universities and colleges in the Maryland, Delaware and DC area. Kim also gives presentations and trainings at various conferences, workshops, and centers on teaching ASL, Intercultural communication and Interpreting. Kim is an alumnus of Gallaudet University and McDaniel College. Kim also is a doctorate student at Lamar University, her primary research focus on which format would be an effective medium teaching ASL. However, her research interest includes online format, ASL classes, designing ASL and Deaf culture curriculum in America and Tanzania, Deaf identity, empowering Deaf individuals especially in Tanzania, and the power of language.