Seeing Double: the iPad Telepresence Robot

Double in Sydney controlled from London

Double in Sydney controlled from London (by courtesy of Prof Eeva Leinonen, University of Wollongong)

Videoconferencing has been around for several decades, but it has never been as mobile as the iPad Double robotic device. Imagine an iPad on Segway wheels that is remotely controlled with Skype-like capabilities that transports you to any Double robot anywhere in the world…now that’s mobile telepresence! See it working here.

I first saw this simple robotic device when visiting the University of Wollongong in Sydney, earlier this year. Continue reading

Analyzing student behaviors

Learning analytics enables tutors to gain useful insights on the behavior of students in the online learning environment. This information can then be utilized to:

  • customize the educational space
  • optimize the learning resources and activities
  • personalize the student experience

Our paper (access it here), published at the international “2nd Moodle Research Conference ” last year, presents an original approach, developed in collaboration with Dr. Cat Grafton from the School of Arts and Humanities, for analyzing the data of users’ behaviors recorded in the KEATS (King’s Moodle) logs.

The main Learning Analytics interface in Microsoft Excel (anonymised)

The main Learning Analytics interface in Microsoft Excel (anonymised)

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A meeting to drive CTEL’s research strategy

A meeting on the 17th of September brought together a group of TEL experts from across the College to discuss how the ‘stimulating and contributing to research vibrancy in TEL’ CTEL activity area would be suitably developed. The objective of the meeting was to invite contributions towards the development of a research strategy.

The meeting generated some very interesting ideas about the direction that the Centre’s research strategy would need to take for maximum impact across the College and the UK/internationally.

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