From 2D to Kubi to Doubles: Designs for Student Telepresence in Synchronous Hybrid Classrooms

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John Bell
William Cain
Amy Peterson
Cui Cheng


This paper introduces the efforts of Michigan State University’s Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education/College of Education (CEPSE/COE) Design Studio to utilize robotic telepresence devices in synchronous hybrid learning classes for the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology (EPET ) Ph.D. program. Robotic telepresence devices are digital devices that can be piloted from a distance for the purpose of interacting with people in a remote location. Synchronous hybrid learning classes refer to classes in which online and face-to-face students interact during shared synchronous sessions. This design case describes the context, technologies, and strategies used to integrate robotic telepresence devices in a synchronous hybrid learning class format. We conclude by discussing our insights gleaned from our existing designs for student telepresence in synchronous hybrid learning contexts.


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Bell, J., Cain, W., Peterson, A., & Cheng, C. (2016). From 2D to Kubi to Doubles: Designs for Student Telepresence in Synchronous Hybrid Classrooms. International Journal of Designs for Learning, 7(3).


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