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      Advancing educational
opportunities for people who
  are deaf or hard of hearing
                 Using Video Conferencing Technology to Provide
                          Interpreting Accommodations

                                TeleTraining – July 13, 2007

                                                                 PEPNet: A national collaborative
                                                                 network of four regional centers

PEPNet is supported by cooperative agreements with the U.S. Department       
of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.
An Inside Look:

   Using Video Conferencing Technology to Provide
            Interpreting Accommodations

             TeleTraining Co-Moderators

      Katherine Bruni             Cindy Camp

Lisa Caringer,
Senior Interpreter/Coordinator for Sensory Disabilities
Disability Support Services
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Carbondale, Il 62901

Chris McCuller
Computer Support Specialist I Video Conferencing
Special Education & Communications Disorders
College of Education
Valdosta State University
229.249.2725 (w) (webcam)
Nanci A. Scheetz, Ed.D., CSC
Professor, Valdosta State University
ASL/Interpreting & Deaf Education

Bambi Riehl
UW-Milwaukee Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program
Sign Language Interpreter
Student Accessibility Center
PEPNet Midwest Center for Postsecondary Outreach Specialist
PantherCom Remote Interpreting and Captioning

1. What is video conferencing technology, and how can it be used to
   provide interpreting services?

2. Would each of our panelists please share information about the
   emerging technology and equipment that they are currently using that
   is successful and explain its capabilities?

                                Two simple, new developments
                                1. Software and 2. Microphone

What is Skype?
“Skype is software that lets you make free calls to anyone else
on Skype, anywhere in the world. And even though the calls are
free, they are really excellent quality. If you and your friends,
family or business contacts are using webcams, you can also
make free video calls.”

    •   Calling other people on Skype
    •   Video calls on Skype
    •   One-to-one and group chats
    •   Conference calls with up to nine people                             Skype Microphone = $50

3. What technology and equipment have the panelists experimented with
   that has not been successful, and why was it not successful?

4. Can video conferencing technology be used to deliver interpreting
   services to several sites?

5. Can the equipment track an instructor if he/she moves around the

6. What infrastructure is needed at institutions and within bureaucracies
   in order to use video conferencing technology? What technology
   infrastructure (network infrastructure, bandwidth, etc) needs to be in
   place to reliably provide interpreting services? How do we overcome
   technological obstacles at institutions and within bureaucracies (such
   as firewalls?)

7. Please address difficulties that might be anticipated when
   using video conferencing technology to provide interpreting services.
   Please address troubleshooting issues and share some
   troubleshooting tips?

      AIM: pepnetsouth

8. What do you do if the technology fails in the middle of service

9. What is the cost of using this technology? What might be the
   financial implications for institutions and systems?

10. How does an institution determine how they are going to begin
    using video remote interpreting? Can a campus be both a provider
    and a purchaser of remote services?

Read and Share !

Read Chris McCuller’s white paper, and share it with
your technology specialists. Here is a link to the

Read and Share !

Read Dr. Nanci Scheetz article on Remote Access
 Interpreting: Providing Service and Training for
 Interpreting Interns

Read and Share !

Bambi Riehl’s article in the RID View: Beyond VRS: Video
 Interpreting in Postsecondary Environments

This article will be available on the website:


1. How do you begin to provide interpreting services via video
   conferencing technology? What do we need (on our campuses for
   example) to provide interpreting services via video conferencing
   technology? Please explain the process or routine of setting up
   interpreting services with video conferencing technology? Who is
   responsible for what on a daily basis? What does the interpreter do?
   For what is the student responsible? How do we decide which policies
   should be followed?

2. Is the technology department "on call" during these interpreting

Take A Look !

   Links to remote interpreting videos from
   Valdosta State University:

   Remote Interpreting:

3. Using video conferencing technology, how does the interpreter voice for
   the person who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing? How does the interpreter
   hear the instructor and student comments in the classroom?

4. When using video conferencing technology, do you still need to team
   interpreters for assignments?

5. How do we (and should we) encourage schools and institutions to
   consider the use of video conferencing technology to deliver
   interpreting services? When is it appropriate to consider delivering
   interpreting services via video conferencing technology?

6. What policies and procedures need to be established with regard to
   interpreting equipment use and settings?

      AIM: pepnetsouth

7. When would it be best to use a Video Remote Interpreting agency, as was
   discussed in the May TeleTraining, rather than to set up video
   conferencing technology to provide interpreting accommodations?

8. What are the advantages and disadvantages, Pros and Cons, of using
   video conferencing technology to provide interpreting services?

9. What qualifications does an interpreter need to use video conferencing

10. What advice do the panelists have for free-lance interpreters who are
    considering using video conferencing technology as part of the services
    that they offer?

11. Please discuss training regarding the use of video conferencing
    technology and interpreting services - training for: students/consumers,
    interpreters, educators/instructors, administrators?

12. What are the roles and responsibilities of students/consumers, interpreters,
    educators/instructors, administrators, and technology personnel?

13. What role should the technology specialist play in the training process?

14. How do you evaluate the effectiveness of delivering interpreting services
    through video conferencing technology? (- - - when the technology is going

15. Why is consumer satisfaction a critical part of the Remote
    Interpreting Process?

      AIM: pepnetsouth

Appropriate Settings:

1. When is it appropriate to consider delivering interpreting services via video
   conferencing technology?

2. Regarding classroom settings, please comment on age appropriate and
   discipline appropriate settings for video conferencing delivery of interpreting
   services? What academic disciplines are served well through video
   conferencing technology, and are there specific classes and situations that
   are not a good match for video conferencing technology delivery of
   interpreting services?

3. Could video conferencing technology be used to provide interpreting
   accommodations to students who are studying abroad? If so,
   what challenges might be anticipated, and how would you
   work with the student, the DSS office, and the receiving
   university to prepare for this experience?
4. What advice does the panel have for professionals in multi campus
   settings that are considering the use of video conferencing technology
   to provide interpreting services? What about the use of video
   conferencing technology in rural or remote settings?

5. Please comment on the appropriate or inappropriate use of video
   conferencing technology to provide interpreting services in the
   following settings: in postsecondary classes, in high level or difficult
   courses, in K-12 programs, for extra curricular activities, for IEP
   meetings and parent conferences, in the workplace.

Collaboration of Educators and Technology Specialists:

1. Nancy and Chris, you are an example of a successful collaboration of
   educators and technology experts. Would you discuss your collaboration
   and advise our participants on how to establish their own collaborations (the
   Do's and Don'ts?) Chris, from your specific perspective as a technology
   specialist, would you comment on how best to establish collaborations and
   relationships with technology personnel and departments?

2. Bambi, would you explain PantherCom and the collaborations that you have

3. Lisa, would you comment on the unique collaboration you have established
   with other postsecondary institutions?

Creative Use of Video Conferencing Technology:

1. It would be of interest for participants to gain some insight into
   creative uses of video conferencing technology. How have the
   panelists used video conferencing technology for projects that were
   not specifically related to interpreting services on their campuses?

 Links to remote interpreting videos from Valdosta State University:

  Distance Learning:
  Remote Observation:
  Remote Tutoring:

2. What is the future of video conferencing technology, and what are the
   implications for services and accommodations for people who are Deaf
   and Hard of Hearing?

Special Thanks to Our Panel Members
What Does PEPNet Do?
• Conducts training with secondary, postsecondary,
  vocational, and adult education professionals and
  support staff regarding transition and postsecondary
  educational services for students who are deaf and
  hard of hearing

• Develops a technical assistance network for the
  target groups

• Demonstrates how technology can be used to
  provide access and accommodations within programs
  for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing

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