Using an inexpensive telerobotics platform to support distance students in traditional face-to-face classes and classrooms

2:00pm to 2:50pm
Catalina Room

Traditional telepresence classrooms are expensive to implement and often require technical and instructional support to successfully translate an instructor's pedagogy into activities that work for both resident and distance students.  In the first classes hosted in our telepresence classroom, we discovered that distance students were unable to effectively engage with their in-person peers in one-on-one or small group conversations.  We also found that our distance students were enrolled in courses that took place in classrooms unequipped for their needs. 

The College of Education has implemented an an inexpensive, portable telerobotics platform that allows distance students to engage with their instructor, peers, and course materials in traditional face-to-face classes and classrooms.  Where once students were on the front and back walls of the classroom or embedded on the main projection screen, the robots allow students to sit next to their in-person peers and control their own view of the classroom.  

This session will demonstrate the current solution in use at the College of Education and discuss the requirements and costs of implementation.  You may join the session in-person or through a Zoom meeting  If you join through Zoom, you must download and install the application to your computer or tablet and have a webcam and headphones.  The headphones that came with your mobile phone are fine.

Michael Griffith, Director, Instructional & Learning Technologies, College of Education