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Using Open-Source Software for Sign Language Learning and Assessment

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Haug Tobias, Ebling Sarah,
Project SMILE: Scalable Multimodal sign language Technology for sIgn language Learning and assessmEnt
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET)
Volume (Issue) 14(19)
Page(s) 188 - 196
Title of proceedings International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET)
DOI 10.3991/ijet.v14i19.11123

Open Access

Type of Open Access Publisher (Gold Open Access)


This study reports on the use of an open-source software for sign language learning and (self-)assessment. A Yes/No vocabulary size test for Swiss German Sign Language (Deutschschweizerische Gebärdensprache, DSGS) was developed, targeting beginning adult learners. The Web-based test, which can be used for self-assessment or placement purposes, was administered to 20 DSGS adult learners of ages 24 to 55 (M = 39.3). The learners filled out a background questionnaire, took the Yes/No test tests, and filled out a feedback questionnaire. The comments provided by the learners about the suitability of the Web-based DSGS vocabulary self-assessment instrument provided concrete feedback towards improvement of the system.