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  • Welcome to SignAssess

  • SignAssess is an online learning system developed as a complete package to support online teaching and assessment

  • for learners of sign language and sign language interpreting

  • SignAssess is a complete software solution including:

  • Assignment builder tools

  • Browser-based video and audio recording

  • Variable resolution video recording

  • Remote storage and content streamed to users on demand

  • Support for multiple media types

  • Support for multiple video repositories

  • and time-based video commenting, for precision assignment feedback or analysis

  • SignAssess adheres to e-learning industry standards

  • and as is compatible with Learning Management Systems such as MOODLE or Blackboard

  • simultaneously accessible via SignAssess Mobile

  • a specialist mobile app for smartphone and tablet users

  • You are now going to see a very simple demonstration of SignAssess

  • In the demonstration I will be accessing SignAssess through a web browser

  • the same way a user would access it as a learning object inside an LMS such as MOODLE or Blackboard

  • I will demonstrate how to create an assignment using the assignment builder tools

  • and then attempt the assignment

  • demonstrating the different SignAssess features along the way

  • We begin with the assignment builder

  • from which I choose the different videos I wish to use in the assignment

  • and some basic assignment settings

  • First I give the assignment a name

  • Second I configure the assignment settings:

  • Option 1 - Whether I wish to record audio or not, in this case NO

  • Option2 - Whether this is a sign language interpreting exercise, which would provide additional interface components

  • in this case NO as this is only a very simple demonstration

  • and interpreting exercises are explored in another video in this series

  • Option 3 – To allow synchronous recording

  • meaning the learner can record an assignment submission whilst playing the stimulus material

  • in this case YES

  • Option 4 – Whether recordings can be appended

  • such as in a consecutive interpreting exercise

  • as this is not an interpreting exercise the default is NO

  • Option 5 – Whether feedback can be viewed on the submission timeline

  • YES, this feature will be illustrated as part of the demonstration

  • Option 6 – The maximum number of recordings allowed, in this case 1 is sufficient

  • And Option 7 – Whether the learner is allowed to delete an assignment when submitted

  • in this case YES

  • The assignment settings you see here can also be added to

  • We have, when providing SignAssess to external organisations, added additional settings including:

  • Control over video autoplay

  • Control over video recording duration

  • Control over whether learners can add comments to a submission

  • for use in an analysis exercise

  • Control over the number of learner comments allowed

  • And limits to the number of times the stimulus material can be played in an assignment

  • I will now add videos to the assignment

  • This is the video file picker, providing access to a video repository

  • This repository can be searched or indexed, and the repository can be structured into folders

  • including private or shared folders between users

  • If I wish I can also toggle between different quality versions of recordings

  • Alternating seamlessly between different repositories storing content at different resolutions and rates of compression

  • I have beforehand prepared videos for this assignment

  • the assignment will be a very simple locations exercise

  • First I include the assignment instructions in British Sign Language

  • Second the locations exercise stimulus material

  • and thirdly the completed exercise to self-correct against

  • I could also add a sample video if I wish but in this case I will not

  • OK with my assignment now built I can save it and begin

  • OK here is the assignment I built previously

  • In the centre of the screen here you can see the live feed from the camera

  • If I wish I can toggle between recording resolutions

  • In this mode I will be recording high resolution

  • Or in this mode lower resolution

  • For the purpose of this demonstration I will record at a lower resolution

  • Just below the

  • video window you can see the maximum recording time which is set at 10 minutes

  • and these icons tell me that I am going to be recording video and not audio

  • On the right-hand-side of the screen I have the assignment instructions which are in British Sign Language

  • I will click play on those and give you a translation

  • This is an assessment of your BSL placement skills

  • First you will be shown a pictureof a table with a number of objects on it

  • Secondly you can film yourself explaining the layout of the objects

  • Thirdly you can compare your signing

  • with another signing

  • and If you wish you can film again

  • OK let’s start the assessment

  • Here are the table and the objects

  • and I going to describe their positions using British Sign Language

  • I will just click record

  • OK, click stop on that

  • Now I have the opportunity to self-correct against a model

  • and re-record if I wish

  • and I can use these dual controls to compare the recordings

  • Lets just try that

  • OK, now if I wish I can record again or I can submit that

  • and I think for this demonstration I will submit it

  • naming itSubmission 1”

  • OK, Now I can see my submitted assignment

  • I can see when it was submitted and the date

  • and if it has any comments or feedback attached

  • In some cases the learner would be asked to self-analyse their assignment by adding comments themselves

  • and/or feedback would be added by the educator

  • Let me add a comment myself

  • First I choose toView or add a comment

  • I can now pick a point on the timeline of the submission to comment on

  • So for example if I wanted to comment at this particular point of the video perhaps commenting on the handshape

  • I chooseAdd comment

  • Now I can record and attach a comment in British Sign Language

  • and along with my video I can add a written comment

  • In this casePoor handshape

  • If I wish to I can choose from a drop-down menu of predefined comments

  • I will just add that comment to my assignment

  • Now I can see that the submission has attached one comment

  • and that it appears at a particular point on the timeline

  • If I choose to view the comment on the timeline

  • I can see that at a particular point in the video

  • just here

  • I have a comment

  • And I can also see the text comment

  • If I wish I can also move the comment along the timeline

  • and fine-tune the position where the comment is meant to be

  • I will first unlock it

  • and now I can drag it

  • along the timeline

  • If I wish I can also review the entire assignment and all of the videos used

  • So its seamless assignment creation, delivery and precision time-based assignment feedback

  • This concludes my simulation

  • Please explore SignAssess further by choosing from the other videos in this series

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SignAssess - E-learning software for online sign language training

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