The different forms of telepresence in education, in distance learning, in student support, in the use of learning environments or even at the heart of robot systems, are developed in universities and higher education facilities specializing in professional training. They constitute opportunities to reform arguments and give rise to important questions: how should we think about the hierarchy of presence and absence in these techniques in order to make possible “the presence of the absent”? What is the effect on mediation processes? On the perception of the body and on identity? How does it transform collaborative work?
Telepresence in Training brings together research that attempts to answer these questions by using studies and practical supports from higher education, with regards to teacher training and telepresence robots in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Quebec.
Part 1. Telepresence and Student Support
1. Feelings of Telepresence and Proximity: the Perspectives of E-tutors on a Hybrid Learning Environment, Brigitte Denis.
2. Reinforcing Telepresence in Research Training with Learning Communities: Remote Collaboration between Student-Researchers,
Gustavo Angulo and Cathia Papi.
3. Facilitating Problem-Based Learning: A Reflective Analysis, Ann-Louise Davidson and Nadia Naffi.
Part 2. Telepresence in Teacher Training
4. Contribution of Virtual Classes to the Construction of Professional Knowledge for Teachers, Romaine Carrupt.
5. Support for Work through Telepresence: Teachers’ Feelings of Self-Efficacy and Strategies for Self-Management, Stéphanie Boéchat-Heer.
Part 3. Telepresence Robots
6. Effect of a Telepresence Robot on Remote Students’ Bodily Impressions: Extended or Mended Body, Françoise Poyet.
7. Co-construction of Tangible, Dispersed and Multi-semiotic Spaces through the Use of a Telepresence Robot, Dorothée Furnon.
8. The Telepresence Robot in Universities: Between Subjectification and Unlinking, Jean-Luc Rinaudo.
9. A Telepresence Research Set-up in a Doctoral Seminar: the “Digital Presences” Workshop, Christine Develotte.
Jean-Luc Rinaudo is Professor of the Science of Education at the University of Rouen-Normandy, France. His research focuses on education and training practices, covered by information and communication technology from a clinical, psychoanalytical perspective.
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