NTID Online Learning Program for People with Hearing
Deaf and hard-of-hearing people now have
the opportunity to improve their technical skills as well as earn
college certificates and degrees in computer programming through the
any-time, any-place distance learning courses and certificates developed
at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), a college of
This spring, the Applied Computer Technology Department at NTID will
offer distance learning courses to earn a certificate in introductory
programming. These distance learning courses use a variety of
instructional and communication methods including: groupware such a
First Class or Blackboard, videotapes that include sign language,
captioning, and voice, world-wide web delivered instruction, sample
executable and source code examples and a reference text.
These NTID distance learning courses are an opportunity for deaf and
hard-of-hearing adults who often cannot take traditional courses due to
career or family obligations to re-train or learn new skills. "NTID
is now able to satisfy those needs allowing the deaf adult to take
courses and earn a certificate from the comfort of their home."
Said James R. Mallory, associate professor, who developed NTID's first
distance learning courses and will be the primary instructor for the
courses in the "Introductory Programming" certificate. This
course is unique because most distance learning classes are developed
for the general audience.
Information about distance learning courses offered at NTID can be
found at the URL: http://www.distancelearning.rit.edu. Information on
the flexible degree program can be found at the URL: http://www.rit.edu/~801www/flexdegree.