A collaborative tool for synchronous distance education
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In this paper we report results of the use of a telepresence application in a simulated distance education setting. The application combines video-conference with a networked virtual environment in which the instructor and the students can experiment with virtual object in a collaborative manner. The teaching for Understanding (TFU) framework is used as the pedagogical approach. Current preliminary results show that the combination of the telepresence application with TFU, can compensate for the lack of physical presence of the instructor in the classroom.