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Telepresence robots give distance students their own seat at the table

March 10, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Telepresence Robots Give Distance Students Their Own Seat at the Table

Michigan State University helps online students feel represented in a unique way.

John Bell is Director of the CEPSE/COE Design Studio and professor of educational technology in the educational psychology and educational technology PhD program at Michigan State University. His current research interests also include idea-based teaching and learning using technology and collaboratively embodied content.

Distance learning, or distance education, where students take online courses or attend classes virtually, is on the rise. More than one in four students (28 percent) now take at least one distance education course, according to a recent study conducted and co-sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium.

Remote learning affords opportunities but also presents challenges, including the loss of camaraderie and associated enhanced learning opportunities. At Michigan State University, telepresence robots have helped shift that dynamic in profound and promising ways.

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