Using a Social Robot to Aid Online Learning: Identifying Teachers’ Media and Digital Competencies, Barriers and Opportunities

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Abstract

Although the benefits of using social robots to increase engagement and boost learning are well documented (Belpaeme et al. in Sci Robot 3, 2018 [1]), less is known regarding the competencies to effectively incorporate them as a tool in online education, with the challenges and benefits thereof. This paper investigates the implementation of social robots as a pedagogical tool to support educators during online learning. Based on (Ferrés and Piscitelli in Comunicar 38:75–82, 2012 [2]) framework of media and digital competencies for teachers, this study investigates these skills, and the barriers and opportunities presented for teachers when using a social robot for online distance education. By means of a thematic analysis of in-depth interviews with educators in Chile, we identified main media and digital skills: basic programming; managing information and digital data; designing interactive activities; and developing work teams. The main barriers and benefits encountered are also provided. We conclude by providing advice for practitioners and avenues for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunication and Applied Technologies - Proceedings of ICOMTA 2022
EditorsPaulo Carlos López-López, Ángel Torres-Toukoumidis, Andrea De-Santis, Óscar Avilés, Daniel Barredo
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages117-132
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9789811963469
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Communication and Applied Technologies, ICOMTA 2022 - Cuenca, Ecuador
Duration: 7 Sep 20229 Sep 2022

Publication series

NameSmart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
Volume318
ISSN (Print)2190-3018
ISSN (Electronic)2190-3026

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Communication and Applied Technologies, ICOMTA 2022
Country/TerritoryEcuador
CityCuenca
Period7/09/229/09/22

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