DAVEE: A deaf accessible virtual environment for education

Prajwal Paudyal, Ayan Banerjee, Yijian Hu, Sandeep Gupta

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4 Scopus citations

Abstract

The post-graduate enrollment statistic for deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) in Science, Technology, Math and Engineering (STEM) fields is very low compared to the hearing population. This drastically reduces DHH representation in the Information Technology (IT) workforce or academic research. DHH students generally use sign language interpreters to understand lecture materials but technically qualified interpreters are rare. These days, traditional in-person classes are being replaced with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). MOOCs improve access to materials, but hinder opportunities for collaboration which is vital for the DHH population. In this work, we propose DAVEE, a Virtual Reality (VR) classroom experience that facilitates live interpretation. During live sessions, DHH students can ask questions, receive feedback and have interactions with other students. The lectures and the interpretations can also be recorded for offline viewing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationC and C 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 Creativity and Cognition
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages522-526
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450359177
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 13 2019
Event12th ACM Creativity and Cognition Conference, C and C 2019 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Jun 23 2019Jun 26 2019

Publication series

NameC and C 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 Creativity and Cognition

Conference

Conference12th ACM Creativity and Cognition Conference, C and C 2019
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period6/23/196/26/19

Keywords

  • Accessibility
  • Education
  • Sign language
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software

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