Michigan State University has recently been experimenting with telepresence robots with their online students. This has led to an integration of the online and face-to-face streams of the doctoral program in educational psychology and educational technology. This use of telepresence robots has been met positively by students and professors.
In a recent article on Lethbridge College Learning Connections we explored the concept of backchannels. Backchannels are essentially open lines of communication through the means of technology that allows for students to interact with the course content, communicate with each other, and provide feedback for the instructor/facilitator, all during a traditional instructional period.
Rob Jenkins, an instructor at Georgia Perimeter College, explores his institution's merger with Georgia State University and ponders whether this is the future of higher education. In this piece, Jenkins looks at the possible benefits for students at his institution, faculty, and the institution as a whole.