Talk Title: Head Mounted Displays in Deaf Education


Children who are deaf receive all instruction visually.  In  education, this means that the student can either look at what the  teacher is saying or look at what the teacher is talking about.   Dividing visual attention is particularly difficult when visual learning  materials are distributed over a large area in the students’ field of  view because the student must split their visual attention over a large  area.  Head mounted displays may reduce this difficulty by allowing a  child to view sign language wherever they look.  We have evaluated head  mounted displays in sign language based instruction of children who are  deaf.  Preliminary results suggest that viewing sign language in a  head-mounted display is comfortable and useful.  In this talk we will  present our work on head mounted displays in deaf education and present  an overview of current research opportunities for new graduate students  in Computer Science at Brigham Young University.
[14 Nov 2013]