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Friday, December 01, 2017

Robot learning improves student engagement | EurekAlert - Education

"The first-ever study of Michigan State University's pioneering robot-learning course shows that online students who use the innovative robots feel more engaged and connected to the instructor and students in the classroom"

Robot-learning could be the wave of the future for online classes.
Photo: Michigan State University

Stationed around the class, each robot has a mounted video screen controlled by the remote user that lets the student pan around the room to see and talk with the instructor and fellow students participating in-person.

The study, published in Online Learning, found that robot learning generally benefits remote students more than traditional videoconferencing, in which multiple students are displayed on a single screen.
Christine Greenhow, MSU associate professor of educational psychology and educational technology, said that instead of looking at a screen full of faces as she does with traditional videoconferencing, she can look a robot-learner in the eye - at least digitally. 

"...students participating with the robots felt much more engaged and interactive with the instructor and their classmates who were on campus."  
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Original Source
http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2017/robot-learning-improves-student-engagement/
 
Source: EurekAlert (press release) 


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