Educause 2010 highlighted some key trends that are transforming the way students, faculty and administrators approach the education experience. With the expansion of technology, traditional boundaries are being blurred and students have access to far more resources than ever before. As a result, we are seeing far more online courses to complement traditional classroom instruction, increased collaboration through social networking and innovative technologies are enabling professors to teach in new ways.
As we see this expansion from the traditional classroom to “distance learning”, the question becomes, “how do we harness the technology driving these trends to create a rich learning environment outside the classroom walls. One answer is telepresence. Telepresence is giving students greater access to subject matter experts, enabling universities and schools to expand their teaching curriculum and increase collaboration between students. Educause 2010 featured some innovative telepresence solutions that expand the concept of collaboration to include high definition, face-to-face communications with anyone, anywhere, while sharing, evaluating and revising content.
Technology is continuously evolving to expand student and faculty opportunities. Telepresence will be integral to that evolution, providing an immersive and robust educational experience to far more students.