Nursing Faculty and Students' Satisfaction With Telepresence Robots During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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BACKGROUND: Telepresence robots provide real-time audio, video, and mobility features, allowing faculty and students to engage in learning experiences without being physically present. PROBLEM: With multiple students and faculty members needing to quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a flexible learning environment was essential. APPROACH: The telepresence robots were used as an innovative approach for both faculty and students to engage in learning experiences offered in a variety of settings. OUTCOME: Feedback was obtained from faculty and students about the use of and satisfaction with telepresence robots. The robots were easy to use and posed only a few technological challenges, which were easily overcome. CONCLUSIONS: Telepresence robots were effective tools in overcoming teaching and learning barriers caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The telepresence robots have many applications, including use in clinical and community settings.