Flipped Classroom Workshop Series 5
Teaching in a Digital Age: Humanoid Robots as Assistants in Education
Humanoid robots are becoming more and more popular in many areas of public life: nursing, banking, retail and, to some extent, teaching. In his government-funded project H.E.A.R.T. (Humanoid Emotional Assistant Robots in Teaching), Prof. Handke explores new ways in higher education by using humanoid robots as assistants, and is thus setting the trend here. In this workshop, Prof. Handke explained the current capabilities of humanoid robots, informed about the central research and development issues and provided ideas for the use of humanoid robots as assistants in education, especially in inverted classroom scenarios.
*There was a demonstration session in which Prof. Handke showed how humanoid robots can take up the role of “lecturing”, leaving more time for the teacher to facilitate learning activities especially in a flipped classroom setting.
Prof. Handke, Juergen
Department of English and American Studies
The University of Marburg, Germany
Awardee of the highest Hessian Teaching and Learning Award (2013) and the highest German teaching award - Ars Legendi Prize for Digital Teaching and Learning (2015).
Juergen Handke, Professor of linguistics at Marburg University, runs the Virtual Linguistics Campus, the world's largest learning platform for linguistic content. Its associated YouTube channel contains hundreds of freely available self-produced instructional videos and is the largest of its kind. Handke is the main German representative of the Inverted Classroom Model. In 2013, Handke received the highest Hessian Teaching and Learning Award for his Inverted Classroom Mastery Model, in October 2015 he was awarded the highest German teaching award, Ars Legendi Prize for Digital Teaching and Learning. 2016 he was awarded the DIE-prize for his MOOC #DEU4ARAB. Handke is a member of the national board "Hochschulforum Digitalisierung" and of the advisory board for the foundation of the new TU Nuremberg. In 2017, he started using humanoid robots in digital teaching and learning scenarios (state government funded project H.E.A.R.T).