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Table 11 Academics’ responses regarding the potential benefits of employing telepresence robots in virtual transnational education

From: University academics’ perceptions regarding the future use of telepresence robots to enhance virtual transnational education: an exploratory investigation in a developing country

Potential benefits % Academics identified as
Strongly disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly agree M SD
Pb1 Make virtual international education feel a little more like face-to-face transnational education 0 0 0 3 (6.5%) 34 (93.5%) 4.93 0.250
Pb2 Help remote students to stay connected to educators and other students 0 0 0 3 (6.5%) 34 (93.5%) 4.93 0.250
Pb3 Enhance and improve educational experiences for remote learners 0 0 0 8 (17.4%) 38 (82.6%) 4.83 0.383
Pb4 Promote collaborative learning in an authentic and interactive environment 0 0 0 8 (17.4%) 38 (82.6%) 4.83 0.383
Pb5 Enable remote international students to exchange their ideas and opinions with their peers 0 0 0 9 (19.6%) 37 (80.4%) 4.80 0.401
Pb6 Develop positive attitude about virtual transnational education 0 0 0 9 (19.6%) 37 (80.4%) 4.80 0.401
Pb7 Help students to gain the skills they need for living and working in the digital age 0 0 0 9 (19.6%) 37 (80.4%) 4.80 0.401
Pb8 Encourage students to pursue their international education 0 0 0 11 (23.94%) 35 (76.1%) 4.76 0.431
Pb9 Can tackle the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis on international students 0 0 0 13 (28.3%) 33 (71.7%) 4.72 0.455
Pb10 Improve technology literacy of academics and students 0 0 0 21 (45.7%) 25 (54.3%) 4.54 0.504
Pb11 Empower international students to learn with their peers, despite geographic distance 0 0 1 (2.2%) 22 (47.8%) 23 (50.0%) 4.48 0.547
Pb12 Can tackle the challenges of virtual internationalism of higher education 0 0 3 (6.5%) 21 (45.7%) 22 (47.8%) 4.41 0.617
Pb13 facilitate teaching and learning activities 0 0 3 (6.5%) 27 (58.7%) 16 (34.8%) 4.28 0.584
Pb14 Offer new opportunities for academics to be learning facilitators rather than knowledge providers 0 0 3 (6.5%) 27 (58.7%) 16 (34.8%) 4.28 0.584
Potential benefits       4.67 0.442