Ambientes Virtuais e o Ensino Presencial na Modalidade Bilíngue (Libras/Português) (Learning Managent Systems and Face-to-Face Teaching in Bilingual Modality (Libras/Portuguese))

Daniela Satomi Saito (, Vania Ribas Ulbricht (

1Instituto Federal de Santa Catarina (IFSC) - Campus Palhoça-Bilíngue, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC)
2Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC)

This paper appears in: Revista IEEE América Latina

Publication Date: Sept. 2012
Volume: 10,   Issue: 5 
ISSN: 1548-0992

Discussions related to new approaches in deaf education are highlighting the underexplored potencial of the Information and Communication Technologies for this persons. This paper presents an study carried out under Learning Management Systems (LMS) in order to subsizide the selection of a LMS to support face-to-face classes in the form of bilingual education (Libras/Portuguese). The study was conducted in the context of Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia de Santa Catarina (IFSC) ‑ Campus Palhoça-Bilíngue. For this, the analysis was accomplished over open source platforms and grounded in issues related to accessibility of learning management systems to deaf people. In this way, subjects related to conformance with present accessibility guidelines and recommendations, the interoperability standards and the use of captions were analyzed, besides the identification of tools supporting interaction and communication in sign language and the engaged communities aiming the improvement of the environments studied. The selected LMS must have the featured characteristics to provide the assignment of a bilingual education propose, presenting the possibilities to explore the characteristics of the visual-spatial modality of communication present in the Língua Brasileira de Sinais (Libras), as well as the tools to stimulate the sharing and construction of knowledge in the teachers and students community. This is just the first step considering the need of development of a series of technological devices consonant with this approach.

Index Terms:
Learning Management System, Accessibility, Deaf, Bilinguism, Sign Language   

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