Blurring Lines: Using Telepresence for Instructional Equity
Abstract: Instructional equity is more than addressing race and culture, it is ensuring that each student can participate meaningfully in coursework. Universities offering teacher education are challenged with offering courses to both online and face-to-face students. It is very difficult to meet the needs of both onsite and online learners effectively through blending modalities. Likewise, the costs associated with offering two parallel courses is expensive as budgets shrink and enrollment fluctuates. These issues drive universities to continue blending coursework using screen-based video conferencing technologies. However, with this approach, the instructional equity can be sacrificed when one type of learner faces barriers that others do not. In this study, the use of telepresence robotic devices was investigated as a technique to support social presence and equity. The results indicated that telepresence devices can be a viable option to an equitable blending of online and onsite course deliveries.
Presider: Abdul Habib Khalid, Indiana University of Pennsylvania