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Technology Plan 2004-2007

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American Sign Language

Description
The American Sign Language (ASL) department is a fairly new department on campus with one full time faculty that began in Fall, 2002. Additionally there are 5 adjunct instructors.
 
Currently, the level of technology in this department consists of a library of videotapes for instructors to use in their classes.
 
The current ASL curriculum consists of a videotext which is now available to students in DVD. Some ASL instructors have the DVD version, but several of the classrooms that ASL gets scheduled into do not contain a DVD player.
 
An interesting note: The Instructor that teaches ASL III, brings his own software to use. A Proxima projector is wheeled in to his classroom for every class meeting.
 
Curriculum Impact
The American Sign Language department offers ASL I, II, III, Deaf Culture, and Fingerspelling. The impact of technology could enhance these courses tremendously. Since sign language is a visual language, students need reflection of their signing skill and interaction with Deaf people. Technology would provide this through the use of digital camcorders, videotaped skills assessments, and software tutorials.
 
Approximate Number of Students Served
For the school year 2002-2003, 723 students completed the ASL classes. In the upcoming semesters, this number may increase as ASL now fulfills the foreign language graduation requirement at SDSU. Also, an additional section has been added to the Summer, 04 class schedule and the Fall, 04 schedule.
 
Many students are choosing vocations that require ASL fluency. Students continually request advanced sign language course to further their language acquisition. It is hoped that resources will allow continuing expansion of this program.
 
Support Impact
With the hope of program expansion, comes the hope of resources to acquire technology. As equipment is acquired for this program, support will be needed in the area of training instructors on using it.
 
The future hope is that a dedicated ASL lab will be established for students to practice signs and have a place to do their assignments with a lab assistant fluent in signs. If this comes to fruition, then technical support will be necessary to keep the lab running smoothly.
 

Year 1 (2004-2005)

Objective
The first phase of this plan entails submitting a plan with a request for funds. The funds would be used to purchase equipment that instructors have wanted for awhile. As described earlier, the program doesn’t have any technology other than videotapes. Instructors borrow these or bring their own. Funds would allow this program to purchase equipment to enhance student learning.
 
Action to Meet Objective
The action needed to meet this objective is the submission of a plan to acquire funds. Once funds are secured, the following types of equipment could be purchased : Digital camcorders, ASL tutorial software, DVDs for student use, TV monitors, VCRs.

 

Year 2 (2005-2006)
 

Objective
The second phase of this plan is to integrate the above purchased equipment into the curricula. Faculty would be trained on the equipment and students would be transitioned into the idea of being videotaped and using software with a visual language. Additionally, all sections of the ASL classes would incorporate software found in learning labs into the curriculum.
 
During this time, the department would work together with the Dean to secure a classroom to dedicate to the ASL program. For example, should a classroom like 535B become available for the ASL program, equipment could be stored in this room along with videotapes, DVDs, software, etc. The ASL courses could be taught in here. When classes weren’t scheduled, a lab environment could be coordinated for students to come in and use the equipment to enhance their acquisition of ASL.

Action to Meet Objective
The coordinator of the department would work with the ASL faculty in training and using the newly acquired equipment. Staff development workshops would be held to incorporate technology into the curriculum.
 
The ASL department will be working with Cuyamaca on increasing the unit value of the courses from 3 to 4. If this is successful, the staff would meet to explore teaching ideas to integrate the new equipment into the curriculum.
 
The ASL coordinator would continue to work with the Dean on exploring the feasibility of a dedicated classroom for the ASL department.

Year 3 (2006-2007)

Objective
Continue working on securing a dedicated classroom for the ASL department. Visit San Diego Mesa College’s ASL lab and Palomar College’s ASL Lab. Riverside City College is another college with a well-known dedicated ASL lab.
 
Explore the possibility of designing the classroom to have “studio” type booths with natural background lighting for efficient videotaping of students’ signing skill.
 
Action to Meet Objective
Continue to network and stay in touch with San Diego Mesa’s ASL instructors and Palomar College’s ASL program.
 
Continue working with the Dean on College support to expand and enhance the ASL department and the acquisition of new technology.
 
 
 

 


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