PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia is taking virtual learning to the next level. What may seem like a scene out of a movie is real life for some area students, and this kind of learning is making a huge difference.
For many of these students, it’s their only in-person class since the university went all virtual two weeks into the start of the school year due to rising COVID-19 cases.
Not only is this the only chance these students get to assemble and learn in-person, it’s also the only class where their professor is in their midst via a robotic presence.
“The fact that they now have a robot in their classroom it just sort of makes the whole thing — of course you, of course you have a robot, of course you do a show from home because everything is different now,” professor Amy Caples said.
Caples worked to make sure she could teach using a telepresence robot. She’s home guiding the robot around the studio while giving instructions to students.