Acquiring Physical Skills: Exploiting Games Technology to Teach Sign Language

  • Ellis, Kirsten (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Fisher, Julie Lynette, (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Rinehart, Nicole Joan, (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Willoughby, Louisa (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Ray, Neil (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Description

Parents of deaf children must learn sign language to communicate with their children. However, learning sign language requires one-on-one tuition, which is often expensive or unavailable. Recent technology advances offer new interaction modes that can sense users' fine and gross motor movements and give feedback on their actions. This project investigates the potential to apply these advances to teach sign language. Demonstrating the applicability of games technology will enable parents of deaf children to have an inexpensive alternative for learning sign language. Other possible outcomes using a direct system feedback approach, include teaching other physical skills such as medical procedures.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/07/1115/12/14

Funding

  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD119,204.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD33,912.00
  • Victorian Deaf Society
  • Deaf Children Melbourne Australia: AUD75,000.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD30,000.00