Robots tighten gap in distance learning

It is projected that the proliferation of technological advances will only increase the number of American workers who telecommute either from home or another location. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of Americans who worked from home at least one day per week rose from 9.5 million (7 percent of all workers) in 1999 to 13.4 million (9.5 percent of all workers) in 2010. Nicole Winkler, associate director for instructional design at the Wayne State University School of Business, said practical uses of such technology could also be found at the management levels. "If you have a physical office space, but you need to work from home for the day, you still want to be sure that things are operating smoothly and not be that nagging person," she said. "If that technology is in place, it's kind of like you're doing a walk-through. It allows people to kind of work flex, but not be so physically connected and have to rely on somebody else."

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