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Best Practices for ASL Interpreters in Videoconference Environments

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  • E. William Clymer, Associate Professor, NTID/RIT

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Length of Session (in hours): 1-hrFormat: Lecture Expertise Level: Intermediate Type of session: Not provided

Summary of Session

This presentation will report on research and evaluation conducted at NTID at the related to effective technologies and best practices for interpreting service provision for deaf and hearing individuals using videoconferencing technologies.


This presentation will summarize findings from research on variables that impact the quality of professional interpreting within different videoconferencing environments. Factors that were manipulated include the technological sophistication of videoconference systems, the location and placement of interpreters, level of realism in the video display and quality of audio. The professional interaction among interpreting teams and techniques used to manage the communication flow were also considered. In 2012, the scenarios had a hearing person leading presentations to a mixed group of deaf and hearing participants at remote and local locations. For the 2013 studies, the majority of the scenarios were structured so that the lead presenter were deaf, and the local and remote audiences were a mix of hearing and deaf participants. Technological recommendations will be offered, as well as best practices for videoconference management and interpreting services will be suggested.


  1. List important characteristics of videoconference systems when interpreters are used.
  2. Describe best strategies to ensure communication is effective during a videoconference session.
  3. Sequence the planning steps necessary for a successful videoconference when sign language interpreters will be

Speaker Bio(s)

E. William Clymer

• E. William Clymer, MBA, MS, is an Associate Professor in the Business Studies Department, at NTID/RIT. His primary professional focus is on the application of instructional design, instructional technology within deaf education. From 2001 through 2010, he was the Associate Director of PEN-International, a $12 million project supported by the Nippon Foundation. He served as the chair of the NTID Symposium on Technology and Education of the Deaf in 1994, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2010. He was the Principal Investigator for NSF awards; Summit to Create a Cyber-Community to Advance Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Individuals in (National Science Foundation Award No. OCI-0749253), and an NSF Enrichment grant entitled Testing the Concept of a Virtual Alliance for Deaf and Hard of Hearing STEM Students at the Postsecondary Level (National Science Foundation Award No. HRD-0903167). He was the PI for a Cisco grant, An Investigation of Cisco Technologies and Access Solutions, 2011- 2013.


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