Emerging up from across VL2’s different SFAs are synergistic scientific discoveries that advance 3 prevailing scientific constructs or themes. These discoveries and their overarching scientific themes have important implications for science at large as well as for VL2 translational efforts with the potential to impact both educational practice and policy.
The VL2 center publishes research briefs as a resource for educators and parents. The goal is to inform the education community of research findings, to summarize relevant scholarship, and, in the form of practice guides, to present recommendations that educators and parents can use when addressing the multifaceted challenges of educating deaf and hard of hearing children.
The VL2 Data Sharing Project provides an online portal for access to information about VL2 research projects. It gives descriptions, methods, codebooks, links to papers, and access to sharable data from these projects for future secondary analysis.
RAVE is a robot-avatar learning tool that senses when babies’ emotional-attentional interest is most engaged and “ready to learn." Information about the baby’s emotional interest is then sent to the avatar to begin signing rhythmic nursery rhymes in American Sign Language and engage in other social interactions and contingent (meaningful) two-way conversations. When babies are disinterested, the system signals the avatar to stop the language conversation.