Telepresence Robots Give Distance Students Their Own Seat at the Table

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

Story by John Bell, EdTech

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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