A local community college is using robots to put long-distance students inside the classrooms. Southeast Community College students are able to establish communication through a tablet computer mounted on a self-balancing chassis on wheels. They can then navigate the Southeast Community College campuses in Lincoln, Beatrice and Milford as robotic avatars, guided by personal digital devices.

Christopher Cummins is the college’s director of instruction technology, says robots give students the chance to interact in class, join small-group activities or linger behind after class to ask follow-up questions


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