Distance Learning Program for Deaf Role Models (DRMs)

Throughout the past decade, great leaps have been achieved in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). These advancements, coupled with maturity of research in educational methods utilizing ICT have led to the establishment of a sound and comprehensive framework for supporting distance learning.
However, it is a common remark among the professional in the fields of adult education, that despite of the tremendous evolution of computer communication networks and especially internet services and facilities, little has been done towards the direction of usage and penetration of these network services within the domain of education – training and mainly within the sub domains of lifelong training, continuing vocational training and distance training for the Deaf People.

UOWM being at the forefront of educational innovation and with a strategic focus on offering the best available educational service to its students, has embraced these new advancements and commenced offering complete programs of study via distance learning, ensuring always the highest quality standards and service
Our aim is to enable a large section of the population of Deaf adults to engage in quality education of real value, which would otherwise be excluded.
The user-friendly multimedia based, telecommunication and the information services of the Internet can be used as a standard electronic platform to support primarily the main procedures of distance, lifelong and continuing training for the Deaf people. The set of the telecommunication and information services, adjusted to their special needs via the means of Sign Language, is a certain method towards the general improvement of the educational and training services provided for Deaf adults.
The choice of the technical advanced video in the e-learning system plays important role. Video technologies offer great possibilities for better telecommunications for Deaf people who use Sign Language as their first language. Video communications (Video conference with transmission of pictures) or presentations including any form of multimedia, such as a movie, animation or slide show could offer great possibilities for better telecommunications for deaf people.

The expected impact for the Deaf and the Hearing Worlds is mainly that the training Program for Deaf Role Models (DRMs) will be the first of its kind done by a University in all partner countries. The environment of Open Pedia (Training platform) will use asynchronous services of delivery of the educational material and modern and asynchronous services of communication and collaboration, trying to exceed the exclusions that are related with the time and the place of training but also to satisfy the needs of Deaf participants with variety of possibilities of equipment and communication.

The services that are provided by the environment are categorized in four fundamental axes: Visual order: line of courses in real time with possibility of interaction via internet.
Self-instruction: access (search and recuperation) in training and informative material for various cognitive and more general subjects that interest teachers.