Sign Language Structure, Learning and Change MOOC Launches on edX

Where does American Sign Language (ASL) come from? How is grammar expressed in ASL? How do signed languages evolve and change over time? Georgetown University Medical Center Professor Ted Supalla explores these questions and many more in the edX course “Sign Language Structure, Learning, and Change.”

GUIX401 Sign Language Structure, Learning, and Change, supported by CNDLS’ Initiative on Technology-Enhanced Learning (ITEL), is the latest Georgetown-affiliated MOOC on edX. The multidisciplinary course is taught in American Sign Language (ASL) with English subtitles and voiceover. It is divided into three general themes: structure, learning, and change. These themes delve into topics such as the variation among signed languages, the role of movement and facial expressions in ASL, and how the knowledge of ASL grammar has been sustained through its history.

Each of the four modules include 9 subsections which delve into specific topics. Each subsection features video-based exercises for students to practice analyzing signs, optional additional resources for exploring topics further, and a quiz to test a student’s understanding and knowledge of the section. The course is self-paced, so students can dive in for an immersive experience or take their time digesting all of the rich content.

Georgetown’s partnership with edX is another way to expand the University’s outreach across the globe. We look forward to welcoming you to GeorgetownX: Sign Language Structure, Learning, and Change, which starts on February 15, 2018.

Register for the full version of the course here.