Use of Videos in Teaching and Learning: Creating Language Video Resources for British Sign Language (BSL)

Use of Videos in Teaching and Learning: Creating Language Video Resources for British Sign Language (BSL)

Amanda Elizabeth Smith (York St. John University, UK) and Dai O'Brien (York St. John University, UK)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2724-4.ch001

Abstract

This chapter outlines the experiences of the authors when using video technologies in creating resources for teaching British Sign Language (BSL). The authors outline their own experiences of creating resources for teaching and how the increasing availability of video technology and video hosting websites has impacted on their teaching practice. The chapter outlines some practical stages in creating online video resources for the teaching of sign language, and also how to ensure that less computer literate students can engage with this new technology. The authors conclude with some suggestions about future research directions to measure the impact and effectiveness of such resources and technologies and call other teachers of sign languages to explore the potential of these approaches for themselves.
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This chapter discusses the use of new video technologies in the teaching and learning of British Sign Language (BSL) harnessed within our higher education setting, with predominately hearing students. Before the mass availability of affordable, easy to use technology which made it possible to create, edit and share videos online, BSL teachers, and indeed teachers of any sign language, were reliant on static 2D images or written descriptions of signs to produce teaching resources for students to use outside the classroom. However, the growing availability of high definition video cameras, cheap storage media and file-sharing websites such as YouTube1 has ushered in a revolution in the way in which resources for teachers and students of BSL can be created and shared. This chapter describes how one BSL teaching team at a university in the UK has exploited this new technology to create a virtual library of online resources for students of BSL, ranging from beginners to advanced level students, outlining some of the content of such videos for different learners. We describe the technology used in creating these videos, the practical issues which must be considered when filming. We also discuss some ethical issues with using such videos, including how to ensure privacy for students who submit videos for assessment, and how to ensure that the use of file-sharing websites complies with the institution’s policies on intellectual property rights and copyright. We conclude with some suggestions for future research in order to measure the impact that the use of video technology has on the experience of our learners, both as learning resources to support their classroom learning, and as a means of submitting their work for assessment. It is hoped that this chapter will encourage other teachers of sign languages to explore the possibilities offered by these new technologies and share their experiences and tips for exploiting them to their full potential.

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