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Exploring the Potential of Immersive Virtual Environments for Learning American Sign Language

Wang, Jindi; Ivrissimtzis, Ioannis; Li, Zhaoxing; Zhou, Yunzhan; Shi, Lei

Authors

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Jindi Wang jindi.wang@durham.ac.uk
PGR Student Doctor of Philosophy

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Zhaoxing Li zhaoxing.li2@durham.ac.uk
PGR Student Doctor of Philosophy

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Yunzhan Zhou yunzhan.zhou@durham.ac.uk
PGR Student Doctor of Philosophy

Lei Shi



Abstract

Sign languages enable effective communication between deaf and hearing people. Despite years of extensive pedagogical research, learning sign language online comes with a number of difficulties that might be frustrating for some students. Indeed, most of the existing approaches rely heavily on learning resources uploaded on websites, assuming that users will frequently consult them; however, this approach may feel tedious and uninspiring. To address this issue, several researchers have started looking into learning sign language in a game-based environment. However, the majority of the existing work still relies on website-based designs, with only a very few proposed systems providing an immersive virtual environment, and there are no user studies comparing website-based and immersive virtual environments. In this paper, we present an immersive environment for learning numbers 0–9 in American Sign Language (ASL). Our hypothesis is that an immersive virtual environment can provide users with a better learning experience and that users will show a higher level of engagement compared to website-based learning. We conducted a questionnaire-based user survey, and our initial findings suggest that users prefer to learn in an immersive virtual environment.

Citation

Wang, J., Ivrissimtzis, I., Li, Z., Zhou, Y., & Shi, L. (2023). Exploring the Potential of Immersive Virtual Environments for Learning American Sign Language. In Responsive and Sustainable Educational Futures: 18th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2023, Aveiro, Portugal, September 4–8, 2023, Proceedings (459-474). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-42682-7_31

Conference Name ECTEL 2023: Eighteenth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning
Conference Location Aveiro, Portugal
Start Date Sep 4, 2023
End Date Sep 8, 2023
Acceptance Date May 27, 2023
Online Publication Date Aug 28, 2023
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date Jun 26, 2023
Publicly Available Date Aug 29, 2024
Publisher Springer Verlag
Volume 14200
Pages 459-474
Series Title Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Series ISSN 0302-9743
Book Title Responsive and Sustainable Educational Futures: 18th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2023, Aveiro, Portugal, September 4–8, 2023, Proceedings
ISBN 9783031426810
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-42682-7_31
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1133824
Publisher URL https://link.springer.com/conference/ectel