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COVID-19 Updates: CCAPS and the University

Telepresence Robots In (and Out of) the Classroom

60 minutes
Oral Presentation

There are times when it is just impossible to be somewhere you need to be. We have all had calendar conflicts, sickness, and travel times prevent us from physically being in attendance at class or another event. This presentation will examine several cases in which telepresence robots have been used by Winona State University to allow teachers and students to beam into another location to take part in classes, tours, and presentations when limitations of the real world would have prevented it.
1. Discuss ways in which telepresence can substitute for physical presence.
2. Generate ideas on how we can break down some of the barriers for teacher and student participation when obstacles arise.
3. Evaluate the educational value of telepresence.

Topic Area(s): Accessible & Inclusive Technologies, Adaptive & Personalized Learning, Digital Learning Resources; Effective Teaching Practices; Learner Engagement Strategies, Mobile Learning; Social & Collaborative Learning; Student Success


Dr. Norb Thomes is part of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology department at Winona State University. Norb has been involved in higher education for many years as both an adjunct and full-time instructor. He now works with faculty as an instructional designer with a real penchant for technology.