ASL program uses online software to enhance curriculum

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Students have access to ASL resource labs in Nail.

By Marissa Macias

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Students in American Sign Language and interpreter training courses use videos created in GoReact to turn in assignments that show their progress in signing.

ASL students are required to record themselves signing and turn it into their professor for feedback.

“I have even more information as a teacher,” Coordinator Julie Razuri said Feb. 6.

Through the online software GoReact, self-diagnosing and receiving comments from professors has proved to be the best advancement in that curriculum, Razuri said.

“Because ASL is visual, we’ve always had to turn in a visual format for homework and testing,” she said.

Before computer software was created to do this, everything was turned in on VHS tapes, Razuri said.

With technological developments like CD ROMS, Dropbox, USBs and now online sharing platforms, the ways of distributing the course material continue to evolve, she said.

GoReact also eliminates difficulties such as lagging and low quality videos, which were common in older technologies when students were assigned to self-record.

The picture quality has gotten better and better, Razuri said.

“Every word is on the hands, the body, the face, so we need to see all of those things very clearly,” Razuri said.

Part of the course curriculum requires students to sign alongside instructional videos while recording their movements.

Students and professors can pinpoint when and where improvements need to be made while comparing the two videos side by side.

“I have the original source, their side and their own self-analysis,” she said. “I can help in so many more ways once I understand their line of thinking.”

Students have access to technology in two ASL/interpreting resource labs, six recording rooms and three computer classrooms in Nail Technical Center.

Having the labs readily furnished with the proper technological resources benefits students who do not have access to the internet at home.

“It’s not just having the technology like GoReact, it’s having the technology available so that students have access to it in the classroom,” Razuri said.

This helps students when they take the internship course requiring 336 internship hours with supervising mentors in interpreting jobs, she said.

“Everything that the student learns through technology is a two-dimensional figure,” Razuri said. “When they get in front of deaf people during their internship is when it’s all about three-dimensional things.”

Lab hours are 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. every first Saturday of the month.

Summer lab hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

For more information about American Sign Language and interpreter training, visit the college website or visit Room 114 in Nail.

For advising, contact Chair Tom Cox at 210-486-1106 or tcox@alamo.edu or Razuri at 210-486-1120 or jrazuri@alamo.edu.

For more information on ASL labs, visit Room 110 in Nail.

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  1. I am really interested in getting better at ASL I know it rather well but need to get more confidence in myself .I love teaching it to little kids and singing and signing at the same time . Can u call so we can discuss this further Thank you for your time Gina Rossio

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