Acting on this concern, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) has taken the step to design a product using multimedia technology to help hearing-impaired individuals called the 'Assistive Courseware for Hearing Impaired Students' (AC4HI). This innovation was developed by researchers from Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) specifically Dr Sobihatun Nur Abdul Salam and Dr. Ariffin Abdul Mutalib from the School of Multimedia Technology, Multimedia and Communication (SMMTC) and Sharifah Nadiya Syed Yahya.
Dr. Sobihatun Nur said, the innovation was the product of a research project which received a funding, amounting to RM59,040, from UUM through the high impact individual project (PIBT).
"AC4HI was specifically tailored to assist the target group in learning especially at the institutions of higher education (IPT).
"It was developed by implementing the Madeline Huntertheory of sign language as the language of instruction, multimedia learning theory, inclusive learning theory and the theory of multiple intelligences.
This innovative product is the result of successful collaborative effort between UUM and Politeknik Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin, Perlis and this product has certainly benefitted the hearing-impaired students at the polytechnic.
AC4HI has won numerous awards and medals which includes attaining the Diamond Award twice at the Research Innovation Symposium & Exposition (RISE2015), Invention, Innovation & Design Exposition (IIDEX2015), Gold medal at the Innovative Research, Invention & Application (I-RIA 2015) and a silver medal at the Exposition on Inventions by Institutions of Higher Learning (PECIPTA 2015).
Translated by Nur Ida Faradilla binti Aziz
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