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The Next Best Thing to Being There: Telepresent Data Collection (Eval17 Ignite Talk: Jennifer Borland) 

11-11-2017 10:04

Most evaluation professionals have encountered a desire or need to be in two places at the same time to collect data from geographically distant sites. Likewise, most evaluators have also likely experienced situations where travel to a remote site may not be feasible for one reason or another. While teleporters are still the stuff of science fiction, new technologies that facilitate telepresence may be the next best thing to actually being in two places at once. This presentation will explore the potential evaluation applications of mobile robotic devices that incorporate two-way audio/video functionality, such as the Beam Smart Presence System. Controlled by an off-site researcher, such systems enhance the types of data collection that can be performed from a remote location because they enable greater researcher-control as well as opportunities for live interaction. However, along with the promise of enhanced modes of telepresent data collection, challenges must be explored as well.  

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Most evaluation professionals have encountered a desire or need to be in two places at the same time to collect data from geographically distant sites. Likewise, most evaluators have also likely experienced situations where travel to a remote site may not be feasible for one reason or another. While teleporters are still the stuff of science fiction, new technologies that facilitate telepresence may be the next best thing to actually being in two places at once. This presentation will explore the potential evaluation applications of mobile robotic devices that incorporate two-way audio/video functionality, such as the Beam Smart Presence System. Controlled by an off-site researcher, such systems enhance the types of data collection that can be performed from a remote location because they enable greater researcher-control as well as opportunities for live interaction. However, along with the promise of enhanced modes of telepresent data collection, challenges must be explored as well.