Sprint Relay Lab

Sprint Relay Experimental Distance Learning/Access Demonstration Lab: Purpose and Operational Principles


The Sprint Relay Experimental Distance Learning/Access Demonstration Lab serves as an RIT-wide resource for adapting, evaluating, and exporting innovative technologies in support of learners who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.

Key Features

·        A focus both on instructional activities for remote learners who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, as well as access strategies among deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing students and teachers participating in remote learning experiences;

·        A “beta testing” site for adapting, evaluating, and exporting as appropriate alternative technologies in the context of varied learning objectives, access goals, and student and teacher preferences;

·        A catalyst for fostering partnerships with Departments, Centers, and Programs throughout RIT having shared responsibility and interest in using technology to support remote learners…including those who are deaf and hard-of-hearing;

·        A forum for information exchange, exploration of new instructional and access strategies, and training among teachers, students, access service providers, instructional designers and technologists, and researchers; and

·        A site for vendor-display/consumer-testing regarding new products related to instructional and access technologies.

Operational Principles

A.   The Sprint Relay Lab supports an array of instructional, videoconferencing, and access technologies. These technologies are regularly upgraded based on user goals and emergent developments in the field.

B.   The Sprint Relay Lab tailors its technological resources to the desired applications of individual courses and projects experimenting with instructional and access strategies in support of remote learners.

C.   Beyond learning differences associated with deafness, Sprint Relay Lab technologies will accommodate to the maximum extent possible students and teachers possessing additional learning and/or access characteristics of educational significance (e.g., limited mobility, low vision, primary language other than English or ASL).

D.   The Sprint Relay Lab enables side-by-side comparison of alternative technologies regarding the support of remote learners who are deaf and hard-of-hearing (e.g., simultaneous evaluation of alternative conferencing software applications, simultaneous evaluation of C-Print and interpreter-supported access strategies, etc).

E.    The Sprint Relay Lab is networked to maximize inter-connectivity with classrooms and labs throughout LBJ, HLC, and the greater RIT campus.

F.    Priority scheduling for Sprint Relay Lab activities will be conducted in relation to its established Purpose (see above).