American Sign Language 1A

Course Description:

This is the first course in a two-course sequence and focuses on everyday communication in ASL. It introduces students to the basic signs, techniques, and culture knowledge, which will support the students to start signing beginning level conversational ASL. Each lesson is built upon a familiar topic such as family, self and friends so that students will find meaningful connection to the lessons. Students will be asked to use various media tools including online resources, online dictionaries, a web cam, and the web based audio-visual tool VoiceThread to master the content presented in the course. Students will be producing their own signing videos to demonstrate their learning. The goal of this course is to help develop fundamental ASL skills, knowledge, and interest that students will need to advance to the higher levels of ASL courses. The learning objectives target Mid-Novice-High Level of MI World Language Standards and Benchmarks.

The school's computers and network must meet the required technology requirements.

This is a limited enrollment course.

ASL is a sign language that is different from Signed Exact English (SEE).

Course Details:

Course Title (District): American Sign Language 1A
Course Title (NCES SCED) : American Sign Language I
Course Provider : Michigan Virtual
Content Provided By : Michigan Virtual
Online Instructor Provided By : Michigan Virtual
Standards Addressed : National Collegiate Athletic Association
Alignment Document :
Academic Terms : Accelerated, Semester, Trimester
Subject Area : Foreign Language and Literature
Course Identifier : American Sign Language I
Course Level : High School (Secondary)
Available Credit : 0.5
Sequence : 1 of 2

How To Enroll:

Enrollment Website :
Email : [email protected]
Phone : (888) 889-2840

Students and Parents: It is important to work closely with your local school counselor or registrar to follow the school's enrollment procedures. By clicking the "Start Registration Request" button below, you will be able to notify the school of your interest in registering for the online course. However, it is the responsibility of the district or school to review the registration request and approve or deny the request. Please make a note to follow up with your school after submitting a registration request.

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Additional Course Information:

By the end of the course students will be able to:
  • greet appropriately in ASL in everyday situations;
  • initiate and maintain a short ASL conversation; and
  • explain Deaf perspectives and general myths regarding Deaf culture

iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses

Academic Content Standards and Assessments Rating Comments
The goals and objectives clearly state what the participants will know or be able to do at the end of the course. The goals and objectives are measurable in multiple ways. Fully Met There is a clear explanation in the syllabus.
The course content and assignments are aligned with the state’s content standards, Common Core curriculum, or other accepted content standards set for Advanced Placement® courses, technology, computer science, or other courses whose content is not included in the state standards. Fully Met Meets the requirements of the Michigan World Language Standards and Benchmarks.
The course content and assignments are of sufficient rigor, depth and breadth to teach the standards being addressed. Fully Met
Information literacy and communication skills are incorporated and taught as an integral part of the curriculum. Fully Met
Multiple learning resources and materials to increase student success are available to students before the course begins. Fully Met There are introductory requirements for learning Voice Thread and other media skills.
Course Overview and Introduction Rating Comments
Clear, complete course overview and syllabus are included in the course. Fully Met This is in the syllabus.
Course requirements are consistent with course goals, are representative of the scope of the course and are clearly stated. Fully Met This is clearly explained in each lesson, unit, and test.
Information is provided to students, parents and mentors on how to communicate with the online instructor and course provider. Fully Met Yes, this is found under MVU main page the Course Info. The Course Introduction covers this well for students/parents.
Legal and Acceptable Use Policies Rating Comments
The course reflects multi-cultural education, and the content is accurate, current and free of bias or advertising. Partially Met The Dr. Bill videos include advertising.
Expectations for academic integrity, use of copyrighted materials, plagiarism and netiquette (Internet etiquette) regarding lesson activities, discussions, and e-mail communications are clearly stated. Fully Met Found under the MVU Home Page and Course Info.
Privacy policies are clearly stated. Fully Met Under the MVU Homepage.
Instructor Resources Rating Comments
Online instructor resources and notes are included. Fully Met There is an organized format of each unit with resources and notes.
Assessment and assignment answers and explanations are included. Partially Met Answer keys are difficult to make since most assignments and assessments are essays, projects, VoiceThreads, videos, etc. It would be helpful to have a short synopsis.
Accessing Course Effectiveness Rating Comments
The course provider uses multiple ways of assessing course effectiveness. Fully Met End of class survey.
The course is evaluated using a continuous improvement cycle for effectiveness and the findings used as a basis for improvement. Fully Met MVS uses feedback from instructors to improve courses. MVS also creates an improvement schedule for courses that are aligned to new or changing standards (such as AP or CCSS), student survey feedback, and outside course reviewers' feedback.
Course Updates Rating Comments
The course is updated periodically to ensure that the content is current. Fully Met Courses are updated as a result of changes in standards or requirements. Courses are also updated by instructors to fix broken links, replace content, or to supplement course content.
Certification Rating Comments
Course instructors, whether faceto-face or virtual, are certificated and “highly qualified.” The online course teacher possesses a teaching credential from a state-licensing agency and is “highly qualified” as defined under ESEA. Fully Met
Instructor and Student Support Rating Comments
Professional development about the online course delivery system is offered by the provider to assure effective use of the courseware and various instructional media available. Fully Met
The course provider offers technical support and course management assistance to students, the course instructor, and the school coordinator. Fully Met Yes, all under the MVU Main page and Getting Help sections.
Course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, have been provided professional development in the behavioral, social, and when necessary, emotional, aspects of the learning environment. Fully Met Required as part of Teacher Certification.
Course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, receive instructor professional development, which includes the support and use of a variety of communication modes to stimulate student engagement online. Fully Met
The provider assures that course instructors, whether face-to-face or virtual, are provided support, as needed, to ensure their effectiveness and success in meeting the needs of online students. Fully Met
Students are offered an orientation for taking an online course before starting the coursework. Fully Met
Instructional and Audience Analysis Rating Comments
Course design reflects a clear understanding of all students’ needs and incorporates varied ways to learn and master the curriculum. Fully Met
Course, Unit and Lesson Design Rating Comments
The course is organized by units and lessons that fall into a logical sequence. Each unit and lesson includes an overview describing objectives, activities, assignments, assessments, and resources to provide multiple learning opportunities for students to master the content. Fully Met The units are organized with logical sequencing. This has been done with excellence.
Instructional Strategies and Activities Rating Comments
The course instruction includes activities that engage students in active learning. Fully Met
The course and course instructor provide students with multiple learning paths, based on student needs that engage students in a variety of ways. Fully Met There are paths within each unit to help student engagement.
The course provides opportunities for students to engage in higher-order thinking, critical reasoning activities and thinking in increasingly complex ways. Fully Met Unit projects and homework require higher level thinking with open-ended questions.
The course provides options for the instructor to adapt learning activities to accommodate students’ needs. Fully Met Flexibility is provided for instructor to accommodate individuals.
Readability levels, written language assignments and mathematical requirements are appropriate for the course content and grade-level expectations. Fully Met
Communication and Interaction Rating Comments
The course design provides opportunities for appropriate instructor-student interaction, including opportunities for timely and frequent feedback about student progress. Fully Met The pacing guide is a constant reminder to check in on deadlines.
The course design includes explicit communication/activities (both before and during the first week of the course) that confirms whether students are engaged and are progressing through the course. The instructor will follow program guidelines to address non-responsive students. Fully Met Engagement of Discussion Board and Blogs. Students will be allowed to redo any assignment during Unit 1 to meet the expectations.
The course provides opportunities for appropriate instructor-student and student-student interaction to foster mastery and application of the material. Fully Met Students get feedback on discussion boards, responses to short answer and essay questions, feedback from projects and assignments. Students can also access the "My Grades" page.
Resources and Materials Rating Comments
Students have access to resources that enrich the course content. Fully Met Yes, there are many videos and resources to access!
Evaluation Strategies Rating Comments
Student evaluation strategies are consistent with course goals and objectives, are representative of the scope of the course and are clearly stated. Fully Met Students may redo Unit 1 work if they are not meeting expectations.
The course structure includes adequate and appropriate methods and procedures to assess students’ mastery of content. Fully Met There are unit projects, essays, assessments, and exams.
Feedback Rating Comments
Ongoing, varied, and frequent assessments are conducted throughout the course to inform instruction. Fully Met
Assessment strategies and tools make the student continuously aware of his/her progress in class and mastery of the content. Fully Met The pacing guide is a constant reminder to check in on deadlines.
Assessment Resources and Materials Rating Comments
Assessment materials provide the instructor with the flexibility to assess students in a variety of ways. Fully Met
Grading rubrics are provided to the instructor and may be shared with students. Fully Met There are excellent rubrics within the course. They are readily available for assessments, essays, projects, and exams.
The grading policy and practices are easy to understand. Partially Met Course requirements for assessments are very clear but the overall grade for the course is unclear.
Course Architecture Rating Comments
The course architecture permits the online instructor to add content, activities and assessments to extend learning opportunities. Fully Met Yes, and the instructor is able to add new content and activities for students.
The course accommodates multiple school calendars; e.g., block, 4X4 and traditional schedules. Fully Met There is Semester and Trimester schedules.
User Interface Rating Comments
Clear and consistent navigation is present throughout the course. Fully Met
Rich media are provided in multiple formats for ease of use and access in order to address diverse student needs. Fully Met There is a variety of media for students.
Technology Requirements and Interoperability Rating Comments
All technology requirements (including hardware, browser, software, etc...) are specified. Fully Met There is a clear explanation of technology requirements under the Course Info tab.
Prerequisite skills in the use of technology are identified. Fully Met The technology requirements such as Voice Thread are clear.
The course uses content-specific tools and software appropriately. Fully Met Voice Thread is necessary for this course.
The course is designed to meet internationally recognized interoperability standards. Fully Met
Copyright and licensing status, including permission to share where applicable, is clearly stated and easily found. Fully Met MVU homepage-->Students-->Getting Started-->CEMS Copyright and EULA.
Accessibility Rating Comments
Course materials and activities are designed to provide appropriate access to all students. The course, developed with universal design principles in mind, conforms to the U.S. Section 504 and Section 508 provisions for electronic and information technology as well as the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility guidelines (WCAg 2.0). Partially Met The reviewers believe so, but the actual documentation isn't present. This should probably be included on MVU Homepage.
Data Security Rating Comments
Student information remains confidential, as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Fully Met The link to the Privacy Policy is on MVU Homepage and on the Course Info page.

Review Conducted By: Michigan Virtual
Date of Review: 07/18/2014

  • Unit 1 Getting Started – Introduction to the course, tools and media;
  • Unit 2 Introduction to ASL – Basics of ASL handshapes, fingerspelling, and Simple Sentence technique;
  • Unit 3 My Family – Simple Yes/No Question and Information Seeking techniques, and family related signs;
  • Unit 4 My Favorite – Introduction to Topic/Comment Sentence technique, and signs to express one’s preferences;
  • Unit 5 Welcome to My Life – Introduction to ASL Directional Verb signs, and signs to express one’s daily activities; and
  • Unit 6 My Friends – Importance of Facial Expression, and signs to express one’s invitation, plan-making, and help-offering
Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends Random Draw Date Enrollment Drop Date Course Starts Course Ends # of Seats Course Fee Potential Additional Costs
Trimester 04/01/2020 01/04/2021 06/01/2020 10/23/2020 04/02/2021 100 $325 $0
Trimester 04/01/2020 04/12/2021 06/01/2020 01/08/2021 06/18/2021 100 $325 $0
Semester 04/01/2020 03/29/2021 06/01/2020 11/27/2020 06/18/2021 300 $325 $0
Accelerated 01/26/2021 07/06/2021 04/30/2021 08/13/2021 100 $325 $0
Drop Policy Completion Policy Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends
Students may access their course from their enrollment Start Date to their enrollment End Date. For reporting purposes, a completion is a 60% final score or higher. Trimester 04/01/2020 01/04/2021
Students may access their course from their enrollment Start Date to their enrollment End Date. For reporting purposes, a completion is a 60% final score or higher. Trimester 04/01/2020 04/12/2021
Students may access their course from their enrollment Start Date to their enrollment End Date. For reporting purposes, a completion is a 60% final score or higher. Semester 04/01/2020 03/29/2021
Students may access their course from their enrollment Start Date to their enrollment End Date. For reporting purposes, a completion is a 60% final score or higher. Accelerated 01/26/2021 07/06/2021
Students can use chat, email or private message system within the course to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance.
School Year Enrollment Count Pass Count Completion Rate Notes
13-14 193 145 75.13% Enrollment data include all enrollments (21f and non-21f) for the Spring and Summer 2013-14 school year.
14-15 870 671 77.13% Enrollment data includes all enrollments (21f and non-21f) for the 2014-15 school year.
15-16 916 711 77.62% None
16-17 1097 832 75.84% Enrollment data include all enrollments (21f and non-21f) for the 2016-17 school year.
17-18 1537 1150 74.82% Enrollment data includes all enrollments (21f and non-21f) for the 2017-18 school year.
18-19 1460 1071 73.36%
19-20 1458 1071 73.46%
If students are completing course work in school, the school's computers and network must be configured properly in order for VoiceThread content to be browsed, recorded, and played back properly. Browsers must be able to accept cookies from the following URL's:
  • Both http and https:// (for browsing content)
  • Both http and https:// (for playback of recordings)
  • Both http and https://
The following links describe these and other network requirements, and how to enable cookies: Additionally, students will need:
  • a web cam to record their signing assignments.
  • the latest Adobe Flash Player for their computer's web browser.
YouTube access is required to view some aspect of this course.

MVS Technical Requirements