Confidence to Succeed Deaf ICT

Ref: C3672220

For Deaf people, British Sign Language (BSL) is their first language. BSL is a visual language and it has no written format. The present internet technology gives them an opportunity to record their BSL onto media and pass BSL messages to their families, friends and organisations via online. More critically, Deaf people shall be able to pass comments, complaints and complements in BSL to organisations online the same way as the hearing counterparts in English in different means, ie by letters, emails and telephone messages. By the Equality Act (2010), organisations would have to respond in return in BSL. Deaf people will then be active participants in Society.

Course aim

This course aims to provide Deaf learners the skills to develop online video media in British Sign Language (BSL) using smartphones and tablets.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • Learners need to be Deaf and users of British Sign Language.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand that smartphones and tablets can be used for every day tasks such as checking your bank accounts and buying train tickets.
  • Use smartphones and tablets to film self and send off to service providers.
  • Appreciate that there are many different video editing apps.
  • Compare the use of WhatsApp and SMS.
  • Use the Settings on smartphones and tablets appropriately and manage the memory storage effectively

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Learners ideally should have smartphones but tablets can be used in place.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Further, the learners can use present internet technology to prepare and make online BSL video messages. More importantly, learners should be able to send BSL video letters to organisations.

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Confidence to Succeed Deaf ICT

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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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