A new MOOC on haptics, the science of touch, brings a hands-on element to the world of online learning thanks to a device called the Hapkit.

hapkit-stanford-touchPerhaps the largest criticism leveled at online learning is that it can be difficult for students to shake hands with, talk to, and form relationships with their peers or instructors in the way that on-campus students can. It's also difficult for online students to participate in hands-on experiments or exercises considered critical for skill-building.

In defiance of these drawbacks to online learning, Stanford University Professor Allison Okamura has...

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