New York, New York (PressExposure) July 16, 2008 -- Telepresence refers to a set of technologies which allow a person to feel as if they were present, to give the appearance that they were present, or to have an effect, at a location other than their true location.
Telepresence requires that the senses of the user, or users, are provided with such stimuli as to give the feeling of being in that other location. Additionally, the user(s) may be given the ability to affect the remote location. Therefore information may be travelling in both directions between the user and the remote location.
Telephony allowed us to hear and interact with people far away; television brought us pictures from a distance. By combining the interactivity of telephones, the visual environments of television, the virtual environments of cyber world, and new kinds of information systems, it is now feasible to develop telepresence systems.
The ongoing revolution in computing infrastructure is having a profound effect on the entire process of education. Not only is technology being used to extend educational opportunities to populations and communities previously underserved, but it is also transforming the way and form in which learners are absorbing knowledge. Some fundamental aspects and motivations remain unchanged, however. The technological innovations are rapidly revolutionizing our traditional methods of education, transforming and enhancing these basic notions of classrooms, laboratories, discussion groups and books.
It is well-known that the effectiveness of classroom teaching diminishes in proportion to the number of students in a class. Once a class size reaches more than about 25 students, several deteriorations occur. The interactivity in class decreases dramatically and the instructor loses any personal touch with the class. Not every teacher or professor possesses the talent to explain the material well. And with other pressures mounting, many instructors are either not experts in their class material or are not good performers in class, or are not interested in teaching.
The Multiple Perspective Interactive system allows interactive viewing of the classroom, and works both in live and archival modes. The live mode allows any person anywhere to be telepresent in the class and participate in it.
A student can be observing reactions of other students physically present in the classroom while the instructor is explaining some complex concepts. A remote student can electronically copy the contents of the classroom material, including what is displayed on the board. In fact, a student may give instructions to automatically store everything that is displayed on the board, and concentrate fully on understanding the material being presented. A remote student can ask questions in class at any time
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