Campus Units

Education, School of

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2017

Journal or Book Title

Online Learning

Volume

21

Issue

4

DOI

10.24059/olj.v21i4.1276

Abstract

Blended learning, which combines online and face-to-face pedagogy, is a fast-growing mode of instruction as universities strive for equitable and alternative pathways to course enrollment, retention, and educational attainment. However, challenges to successfully implementing blended instruction are that social presence, or students’ ability to project their personal characteristics into the learning space, is reduced with potential negative effects on student engagement, persistence, and academic achievement. Instructors are experimenting with robot-mediated communication (RMC) to address these challenges. Results from a study of RMC at a large public university suggest that it offers advantages over traditionally used video- conferencing, including affordances for fostering students’ embodiment in the classroom, their feelings of belonging and trust, and their ability to contribute ideas in authentic ways.

Comments

This article is published as Gleason, B., & Greenhow, C. (2017). Hybrid learning in higher education: The potential of teaching and learning with robot-mediated communication. Online Learning, 21(4). doi: 10.24059/olj.v21i4.1276. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Online Learning Consortium

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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