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June 2, 2012

Gallaudet presentation at Lilly DC

A project run by Gallaudet University faculty Marina Dzougoutov and Kristin Mulrooney and presented at the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning on Friday has found one of the shortcomings of iPads: the coveted tablets don’t allow users to add captions. And for students at the federally chartered university for the deaf and hard of hearing, that’s a big deal.

Dzougoutov and Mulrooney were leading teams of senior and freshman students in a project to create an online bilingual linguistic glossary system on the iPad. Mulrooney’s freshman students and Dzougoutov’s seniors worked together on the project, which involved researching a term, defining it, signing it and then filming it and editing it all together. The iPad was used from beginning to end for the project — with the one hiccup being that it does not allow captions to be added to an image.

To get around that problem, the students exported the final product from their iPads to Macs, added captions and then returned it to the iPad.

The project not only produced a slick, polished glossary, but also taught the students to work as part of a team, the professors said in sign language, which was simultaneously interpreted for the audience.

The iPad glossary is one example of the unique ways that technology is used at Gallaudet. The university uses Echo 360, a technology that “captures class lectures and converts them into video, rich media, and more for anytime, anywhere playback,” according to the app’s website. Students can post homework answers on Blackboard using video, and Gallaudet also uses the A screenshot of Mythreadcloud-based Mythread app, a “collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate pages and leave comments.”

April 12, 2012

Need class resources? go to the library

We know them for their millions of books, but the University Libraries are a mine of useful classroom resources beyond hardcovers and paperbacks. Librarian Maggie Saponaro tells you how to tap into them.

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