College

College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2021-04-25 18:45:54

Major

Computer Science

Honors Course

Senior Honors Project in Computer Science

Number of Credits

3

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2021

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed a substantial shortcoming in the modern American educational system: there is a sufficient need for our educators to be trained in the practices required to provide an educational experience for their students that is as effective as in-person instruction. There exist already systems of online instruction for various academic subjects, such as math and the sciences. In the subject of linguistic studies, educational programs have been developed to evaluate student proficiency in both the written and spoken forms of the language in which they are studying. However, there exist few programs that can effectively provide a similar experience for students studying any variation of sign language. This report details the design process of a proposed system for an interactive online system for learning American Sign Language through the use of hand-tracking peripherals, such as Ultraleap’s Leap Motion controller, and a course structure designed to teach the most commonly used words in American Sign Language through the use of time-spaced learning practices. This report details the course structure, the technical specifications for this system, and the methods through which academic institutions can effectively implement this system.

Research Sponsor

Yingcai Xiao

First Reader

Will S. Crissey, Jr.

Second Reader

Zhong-Hui Duan

Honors Faculty Advisor

Zhong-Hui Duan

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