The Erasmus+ project “TRinE – Telepresence Robots in Education” (Project Reference: 2020-1-MT01-KA227-SCH-092408) addresses the use of Telepresence Robots in educational institutions at upper secondary and higher education levels.
Throughout the course of TRinE, three Intellectual Outputs (IOs) were developed:
- IO1 consisted of extensive research to produce Decision Support Materials for prospective educational institutions, teachers and students who intend to uptake this innovative education technology
- IO2 resulted in the publishing of guidelines for the implementation of TR in the context of education, a set of innovative teaching scenarios, as well as a DIY buying-, building-kit for students to create their own Telepresence Robot as well as an operating guide.
- IO3 created an interactive toolkit, where the results of all intellectual outputs have been published and made available to the public.
The TRinE Multiplier Event at MCAST on Monday 27th February 2023 was organised and hosted through the Erasmus+ Projects and Mobility Office in collaboration with a team from the Applied Research & Innovation Centre, who have been leading the project for the last 2 years.
The main target group for this project were educational institutions who could benefit from the implementation of Telepresence Robots, so the event consisted of Education Officers, Teachers and Management staff representing different schools and educational institutions around Malta. Amongst attendees we had two students from St. Ignatius Secondary School, Handaq who enjoyed trying out the Telepresence Robot MCAST has on campus.
We were especially happy to host a representative from Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD), Telepresence Robots can be a great tool for improving inclusive practices in educational institutions in Malta. One example of this would be in the case of students who must travel abroad for treatment. Unlike a virtual meeting on a laptop, the Telepresence Robot allows for a sense of embodiment which could lead the student to feel more ‘present’ in the classroom with their peers.
For more information and any of the materials published by the Erasmus+ TRinE Project you can check out the Toolkit on: www.trine-platform.com