1. Judy Vesel
  2. Principal Investigator
  4. TERC
  1. Tara Robillard
  2. Lead Researcher
  4. TERC

Signing Glossaries for Science Exhibits

NSF Awards: 1602284

2019 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Adult learners, Informal / multi-age

This video will showcase the unique and innovative features of six glossary apps that have been researched and developed for use by visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing before, during, and after visits to aquariums, botanical gardens, natural history museums, nature centers, science museums, and zoos. The video will highlight integration of the three principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) into both the iPhone, iPad, iPod and Android versions for the purpose of making exhibit STEM content more accessible to visitors who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and use ASL for communication. It will share the methodology and key findings from a formative evaluation for usability and effectiveness as well as lessons learned. Comments and images from visitors who have used the apps will be integrated into the video. Emphasis on approaches used for design and integration of the glossaries as well as outcomes for users will be relevant for viewers interested in increasing accessibility of visitors to informal STEM learning environments through technology. Expected learning objectives are for viewers with a wide range of backgrounds to become aware of the features of a new technology and ways of integrating it to create museum experiences that are more inclusive of visitors who are deaf or hard-of hearing.


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