ARE ROBOTS THE FUTURE OF UNIVERSITY EDUCATION?

Machine learning is soon becoming a core aspect of future learning globally. It incorporates human features into robotics, allowing the robots to deliver integrated knowledge to the students at a university or college level. Though this is still at an experimental stage, it has raised many questions about whether social robots would be able to take over the education system and replace the human teachers in their entirety. Who knows soon students of York University Housing would also be taught by these social robots. Here is all that you need to know about this.

How can robots be used in classrooms?

Telepresence has been a common phenomenon in recent times and the use of humanoid robots takes this presence to another level. It always the teacher to be present in the classroom virtually through a display mechanism. The choice of the robot could vary with a different age group of students and the field of study.

What are the various kinds of robots being used in the classroom?

  1. Boe-Bot Robots: Simple robots which have a microprocesser placed on wheels. On the basis of the program which has been incorporated into the system, the robot can detect distance from an object, navigate and steer by sensing light. Boe-bots have been equipped with light and sound mechanism for reporting sensor status and escape edges of a room.
  2. Advanced Toolkits: Generally used to deliver lessons on robotics and computer science. They have been designed to be physically handled by the students to gain hands-on experience on a wide range of topics.
  3. Humanoids: They are more feasible for students for interaction purposes as they are human-like. They usually deliver language lessons as they have the ability to deliver real time feedback.

How do robots teach?

Robots are being used as a supplement to classroom teaching and are more likely to be used as learning tools. The speech recognition helps the robots to interact with their human counterparts. This enhances the reading and comprehending abilities of the robots. They have an inbuilt projector which allows them to discuss the subject matter interestingly while building curiosity among the students.

What are the advantages and disadvantages?

There are several advantages of robot teachers. First, interacting with a robot can be helpful in understanding technology in a better way. Second, they are cost-effective as they don’t need to be paid and deliver on the duties according to the program which has been installed. As they have been programmed with updated information they deliver the latest methodologies to the students.

Some of the disadvantages are, that the robots require charging to function smoothly. As robots lack emotions, they can’t help you through your rough time and won’t be able to understand the concerns of the students due to personal issues.

Can robots replace teachers?

Though the robots have engaging educational tools but it seems unlikely for them to replace the humans as teachers anytime soon.

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