For more than 20 years, two courses, History, Education, and Guidance of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Introduction to Instructional Methods for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, have been taught at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania using a traditional lecture format. A state grant provided funding to explore the use of technology to teach online courses to college-age learners who are deaf, hard of hearing, or hearing. Saba Centra software was used as the online tool for the synchronous presentation of course content, which included PowerPoint lecture material, text chat opportunities, sign language–interpreted video, and other forms of class participation (e.g., signaling for questions raised, responding in a “yes/no” format). The present article covers recent successes and challenges in offering online courses in a “virtual classroom” format to deaf and hard of hearing learners, as well as hearing learners, from a qualitative research perspective.


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