PhD Students Showcase Telepresence Robots at School of Medicine's Fall Resource Fair

PhD students Veronica Newhart and Jessica Oviatt presented information about using innovative technology to attend education programs to families and medical professionals at the 6th Annual Pacemakers in Children and Adults Fall Resource Fair, October 19. The fair is sponsored by UCI's School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics.

Ms. Newhart has been studying the use of telepresence robots, robotic surrogates, to allow chronically ill, homebound children to "attend school" and connect with classmates and teachers. Her work has been featured in the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine, in UCI News, and on the NHK documentary "Interacting with Robot Avatars."

Ms. Newhart, a fourth year PhD in Education student specializing in Language, Literacy, and Technology (LLT), researches virtual inclusion, telepresence, emerging technologies to facilitate teaching and learning, online/distance learning, social context of learning, motivation, student health, and academic achievement. Ms. Oviatt, a second year doctoral student specializing in Learning, Cognition, and Development (LCD), researches the effects of illness and treatment on academy success, peer development, and school connectedness and motivation for chronically ill students.

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