ASL Interpreter Guide

Getting Started

Each tab corresponds to each tool type. Select the tab that corresponds with the tool you will be using in your course.

Within each tab are sections explaining what the faculty member needs to do, what the interpreter and learner needs to do, and any tips to keep in mind.

  1. Prerecorded Videos
  2. Blackboard Collaborate Sessions
  3. Zoom Sessions
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Providing an ASL Interpreter for UTSA Tools

Prerecorded Videos

Faculty:

  1. Provide links to any media that will be interpreted in the course as videos become available.
  2. Provide the learner with the learner, and ASL interpreter to-do list below and the things keep in mind notes.

Learner and ASL Interpreter:

  1. For ASL interpretation, we recommend using the UTSA Zoom account.
  2. In your UTSA Zoom room, the ASL interpreter can play the video and sign while recording the session to share with the learner.
  3. Use the UTSA Zoom resources page for steps and information.
  4. Placing the video in UTSA Panopto will allow the video to be easily shared.

Things to Keep in Mind:

  1. Check where Zoom videos will save. There is an option to save recordings in the cloud and on your desktop.
  2. Cloud recordings delete after 7 days.

Blackboard Collaborate Sessions

Faculty:

  1. Before a session: If the interpreter is not enrolled in your course, share the guest link with the interpreter by selecting the session options or 3 dots on the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra page.
  2. Inform the learner to download and utilize the Zoom meeting tool where the interpreter will sign. The learner and interpreter will need to open the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra session and a meeting in Zoom. Zoom is where the interpreter will be able to sign for the learner.
  3. Provide the learner with the learner, and ASL interpreter to-do list below and the things keep in mind notes.

Learner and ASL Interpreter:

  1. Open the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra session room and provide the ASL interpreter with a link to your personal Zoom meeting room. Zoom is where the interpreter will be able to sign. Use the UTSA Zoom resources page for steps and information.
  2. Split the monitor windows to see the Zoom meeting and the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra session.

Things to Keep in Mind:

  1. It is not possible to use the web camera feature in both Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and Zoom. The interpreter should use Zoom, but the learner can choose which works best in the course.
  2. Google Chrome is the recommended browser for Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.
  3. If recording, check where Zoom videos will save. There is an option to save recordings in the cloud and on your desktop.
  4. Zoom cloud recordings delete after 7 days.

Zoom Sessions

Faculty To Do:

  1. First, contact Student Disability Services to determine if a captioner or ASL Interpreter is scheduled to attend your live class sessions.
  2. Provide the ASL Interpreter with the Zoom room link. Be sure when scheduling meetings not to select the authentication requirement for a particular meeting. You can turn it off manually beforehand to add the ASL interpreter.
  3. Select the more option or 3 dots next to the learner’s name in Zoom and select Allow to Multi-pin. Learners can pin the ASL interpreter and view the Zoom meeting with the multi-pin option. Provide the learner with the learner, and ASL interpreter to-do list below and the things keep in mind notes.

Learner and ASL Interpreter To Do:

  1. If an ASL Interpreter has been assigned to attend your live sessions, the student will have the ability to “pin” the interpreter and keep them in view throughout the class session.
  2. Select the more option or 3 dots next to the interpreter’s name and select Pin.
  3. Contact the professor or instructor of the course if they have not set up the multi-pin option for you.
  4. You should be able to keep the interpreter pinned throughout the presentation.

Things to Keep in Mind:

  1. If recording, check where Zoom videos will save. There is an option to save recordings in the cloud and on your desktop.
  2. Cloud recordings delete after 7 days.

Resources

Where Can I Go For Help?

Please contact Student Disability Services and DigitalAccessibility@utsa.edu if you have additional questions.