Research and Presentations

October 18, 2018

AACE: E-Learn 2018 Las Vegas

Using Virtual Reality and Telepresence Robotics in Making

Authors: Bradley Barker, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, US; Dagen Valentine, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, US; Neal Grandgenett, University of Nebraska at Omaha, US; Jennifer Keshwani, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, US; Andy Burnett, Knowinnovations, US

Abstract:  The Nebraska Innovation Maker Co-Laboratory (NiMC) project is developing a model to establish and support makerspaces in rural communities. As makerspaces gain in popularity a chasm has developing between urban access and lack thereof for rural populations. The NiMC model supports collaboration between university faculty and staff and rural makerspaces by utilizing virtual reality and telepresence robots. The exploratory research project deployed telepresence robotics to teach, co-teach and provide project support to a rural community (pop. 7,000) makerspace. Virtual reality was used to teach creativity concepts, VR digital creation and digital to physical manifestation of projects. The NiMC project will continue to explore the model of connection and support of rural makerspaces.

Link to Proceedings paper


Barker, B., Valentine, D., Grandgenett, N., Keshwani, J. & Burnett, A. (2018). Using Virtual Reality and Telepresence Robotics in Making. In Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 564-568). Las Vegas, NV, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).


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