E-Learning without Text and Language: A Language-Free Learning Model

H. Kalinyaprak, G. Futschek, G. Blaha, E. Weippl:
"E-Learning without Text and Language: A Language-Free Learning Model";
Vortrag: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (EDMEDIA), Montreal / Kanada; 27.06.2005 - 02.07.2005; in:"ED-MEDIA 2005", (2005).

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E-learning is usually highly based on language understanding and addresses usually
those learners, who have certain basic skills in reading and listening a specific language. Persons
that cannot understand the languages that are usually used in e-learning units and also illiterate
persons, who are insufficiently educated, are not able to achieve enough profit from many elearning
courses. This paper shows how e-learning makes it possible for certain groups, e.g.
asylum-seekers coming from different countries, to learn without using text and language. This
paper gives also some examples of learning sequences for self-learning that are completely
independent of any language. Learning without text and language is based on the principle of the
request for imitating. This principle represents a didactical challenge for the authors of the learning
sequences especially in respect to graphical animation of universally understandable gestures,
signs and symbols. Of course the lessons learned from this sort of e-learning can also be used in
authoring ordinary e-learning content.