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Telepresence Robots: Applications and Issues in Higher Education

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Telepresence robots potentially open up access to education to people in remote geographical locations as well individuals who are unable to travel to campus due to health or social anxiety issues. This presentation explores the state of current learning environments, arguing for a multiaccess approach to designing education thereby increasing flexibility and choice to students.

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Telepresence Robots: Applications and Issues in Higher Education

  1. 1. Telepresence Robots: Applications and Issues In Higher Education Michael Paskevicius & Valerie Irvine Image https://pixabay.com/en/robots-computers-bots-character-764951/ License: CC0 Public Domain Presented in CSC 586A: Topics in Computer Systems and Software: "Computer-Supported Collaborative Work“ October, 2015
  2. 2. Lecture – Wikipedia image from - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lecture Licensed with Creative Commons https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0
  3. 3. Face to face classrooms Classroom – Wikipedia images from - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classroom Licensed with Creative Commons https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0
  4. 4. Asynchronous Fully Online or Blended
  5. 5. Video conferencing Videoconferencing – Wikipedia images from - https://commons.wikimedia.org Licensed with Creative Commons https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0
  6. 6. Synchronous online classrooms http://www.blackboard.com/platforms/collaborate/products/blackboard-collaborate/web-conferencing.aspx http://atate.org/mscel/archive/hp-blog-2011.html
  7. 7. Choice? Which configuration do you prefer? Where have you felt you had your best learning experiences? Do you feel you have choice in the selection of the learning format?
  8. 8. FACE TO FACE ONLINEOR Irvine, V. 2015. Video Conferencing via Robots: Needs and Implications of Access by Cyber Proxy. BCNet Conference 2015, Vancouver, BC. http://www.slideshare.net/virvine/video-conferencing-via-robots-needs-and-implications-of-access-by-cyber-proxy
  9. 9. FACE TO FACE ONLINE*AND* BLENDED Irvine, V. 2015. Video Conferencing via Robots: Needs and Implications of Access by Cyber Proxy. BCNet Conference 2015, Vancouver, BC. http://www.slideshare.net/virvine/video-conferencing-via-robots-needs-and-implications-of-access-by-cyber-proxy
  10. 10. F2F ONLINEMULTI-ACCESS Irvine, V. 2015. Video Conferencing via Robots: Needs and Implications of Access by Cyber Proxy. BCNet Conference 2015, Vancouver, BC. http://www.slideshare.net/virvine/video-conferencing-via-robots-needs-and-implications-of-access-by-cyber-proxy
  11. 11. Physical Flickr@faultlesspajamo CCBYNCSA2.0 Irvine, V. 2015. Video Conferencing via Robots: Needs and Implications of Access by Cyber Proxy. BCNet Conference 2015, Vancouver, BC. http://www.slideshare.net/virvine/video-conferencing-via-robots-needs-and-implications-of-access-by-cyber-proxy
  12. 12. Special Needs / Anxiety Flickr@gregous CCBYNCND2.0 Irvine, V. 2015. Video Conferencing via Robots: Needs and Implications of Access by Cyber Proxy. BCNet Conference 2015, Vancouver, BC. http://www.slideshare.net/virvine/video-conferencing-via-robots-needs-and-implications-of-access-by-cyber-proxy
  13. 13. Remote or Rural Flickr@Michel-Yves CCBYND2.0 Irvine, V. 2015. Video Conferencing via Robots: Needs and Implications of Access by Cyber Proxy. BCNet Conference 2015, Vancouver, BC. http://www.slideshare.net/virvine/video-conferencing-via-robots-needs-and-implications-of-access-by-cyber-proxy
  14. 14. Potential models for multiaccess Shared portals Personal portals Autonomous telepresence robots (Bell, Sawaya & Cain, 2014)
  15. 15. Multiaccess - shared portals http://designstudio.educ.msu.edu/virtual-flexibility-for- synchronous-hybrid-learning/
  16. 16. Multiaccess - personal portals http://designstudio.educ.msu.edu/research-and-practice/synchromodal/personal-portal-model/
  17. 17. Mutiaccess - Autonomous telepresence robots http://designstudio.educ.msu.edu/research-and- practice/synchromodal/personal-portal-model/
  18. 18. http://www.doublerobotics.com/ https://revolverobotics.com/ http://www.vgocom.com/ Kubi vGoDouble Irvine, V. 2015. Video Conferencing via Robots: Needs and Implications of Access by Cyber Proxy. BCNet Conference 2015, Vancouver, BC. http://www.slideshare.net/virvine/video-conferencing-via-robots-needs-and-implications-of-access-by-cyber-proxy
  19. 19. Remote participant’s view Irvine, V. 2015. Video Conferencing via Robots: Needs and Implications of Access by Cyber Proxy. BCNet Conference 2015, Vancouver, BC. http://www.slideshare.net/virvine/video-conferencing-via-robots-needs-and-implications-of-access-by-cyber-proxy
  20. 20. Faculty and student perspectives on using telepresence robots to support multiaccess
  21. 21. The argument against multiaccess • The technology to support this is costly and hard to setup • It will a challenge facilitating both in person and distance learners • This will have a negative impact on the sense of community in the classroom
  22. 22. • “The robot to me is an interesting idea. Part of my thinking is thinking about who are we, so it’s ontological but what essence or what physicality is different to me. It wouldn’t bother me, if I had 10 of those it still wouldn’t bother me, it’s just another way of being.” • “I can just teach normally to them and to them the same way as this face-to-face student. I don’t see that being an issue. ” • “I would love to try it as a student. I would love to try it as a teacher. As long as I have no responsibility for moving their screens around.” Irvine, V. 2015. Video Conferencing via Robots: Needs and Implications of Access by Cyber Proxy. BCNet Conference 2015, Vancouver, BC. http://www.slideshare.net/virvine/video-conferencing-via-robots-needs-and-implications-of-access-by-cyber-proxy
  23. 23. Student feedback Image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/natematias/13871008314 Licensed with Creative Commons https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0
  24. 24. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 Canada License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/ca/ Prepared by: Michael Paskevicius michael.paskevicus@gmail.com Follow me: http://twitter.com/mpaskevi Blog: http://wordpress.viu.ca/ciel/ Presentations: http://www.slideshare.net/mpaskevi
  25. 25. References • Bell, J., Sawaya, S., & Cain, W. (2014). Synchromodal classes: Designing for shared learning experiences between face-to-face and online students. International Journal of Designs for Learning, 5(1). • Herring, S. C. (2013). Telepresence robots for academics. Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 50(1), 1-4. • Irvine, V., Code, J., & Richards, L. (2013). Realigning higher education for the 21st-century learner through multi-access learning. MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 9(2), 172-186.
  26. 26. Face to face Asynchronous text based Video conferenced Multiaccess

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