|Communications on Applied Electronics|
|Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA|
|Volume 5 - Number 5|
|Year of Publication: 2016|
|Authors: Victor O. Matthews, Felix O. Olowononi, Emmanuel Adetiba, Oluyinka Oni|
Victor O. Matthews, Felix O. Olowononi, Emmanuel Adetiba, Oluyinka Oni . A Conceptual Semi-Humanoid Wireless Robotic Lecturer for Distance Learning (DL). Communications on Applied Electronics. 5, 5 ( Jul 2016), 9-15. DOI=10.5120/cae2016652296
Information and Communications Technology is causing a worldwide revolution in virtually all fields of human endeavor. The education sector is not left out as the delivery of course content is no longer limited to the traditional teacher-student classroom interaction but also via electronic media. This paper presents a novel approach to e-Learning by leveraging on advancements in Machine-to-Machine communications (M2M), Internet-of-Things (IoT) and robotics technologies to design and construct a semi-humanoid class teaching robot that aids teachers, lecturers and other educational personnel in communicating effectively with the students irrespective of their location and the distance using a plastic mannequin. The implementation of the system is achieved through hardware (mannequin) and software designs. The authors successfully developed a plastic mannequin with embedded electronics systems to work as a telepresence lecturer, allowing the elimination of time and distance between a professional remote educator and the students. The device was tested and compared with existing remote teaching technologies such as teleconferencing, telepresence with tablet screens and found to be more reliable, cheaper, and easy to use than the existing ones. The paper therefore concludes that the semi-humanoid robotic lecturer is a disruptive innovation in the world of Distance Education Learning (DEL).