24/05/2022 - 09:00
24/05/2022 - 10:00
Educational Humanoid Robots as Learning Assistants
Tuesday 24/05 09:00-10:00
Educational robots, such as programmable toys like Bee-Bots and CleverBots, have been used in school education for quite some time now. However, the application of humanoid robots to support learning in other contexts, including higher education and work-based learning, is still at its infancy. Educational humanoid robots, such as NAO, Pepper or iCub, provide multimodal interfaces which allow for interaction through speech, touch, gestures, face recognition and eye gaze. Current research on applying humanoid robots in education as part of the field of robot assisted learning provides some promising evidence for enhanced learning experience and learning outcomes. This keynote will provide an overview of the affordances of educational humanoid robots compared to other instructional technologies and examples of how educational humanoid robots have been applied as learning assistants in different learning contexts including examples from own research at the Communication Lab. Part of the keynote will also address current limitations and challenges inherent to the currently available robotic platforms. The aim of the keynote is to ignite a discussion about how educational humanoid robots as learning assistants can best support students in school and higher education as well as learners at the workplace by providing new learning experiences.
About the speaker.
As a Professor of Media and Communication at Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, Dr. Ilona Buchem teaches courses in bachelor’s and master’s programs, both on campus and online, including Digital Business (BSc.) and Media Informatics (MSc.). As the head of the Communications Lab, Ilona Buchem leads a number of projects on the application of humanoid robots as learning assistants in higher education context. Ilona Buchem has led a number of national and international R&D projects dedicated to technology-enhanced learning. Dr. Buchem is one of the Chairs of the EATEL Special Interest Group on Wearable Enhanced Learning, and is actively involved in some of the leading TEL organizations in Europe, including the European Association for Technology Enhanced Learning (EATEL), the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN), and the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU).