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Telepresence robots can help chronically ill children enjoy the school experience

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A telepresence robot made by the company VGo.

Technologies like massive open online courses MOOCs have made decentralized distance learning more accessible than ever.

However, as anyone who has ever been to school will know, a large part of the learning experience isn t just absorbing the information contained in a textbook, but interacting in a classroom and social setting.

A new study by researchers at the University of California at Irvine examines how technology is making this possible for otherwise marginalized students through the use of telepresence robots in classrooms.

For this work we were looking at the use of technology to include vulnerable populations who have traditionally been excluded from educational studies, Veronica Newhart, a UCI doctoral student and lead author of the study, told Digital Trends.

In this particular study, that meant looking at children with chronic illness.

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