Automation in Education with Digital Twins: Trends and Issues

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Eric Hawkinson


Digital twins are now being envisioned as digital representations of living and nonliving organisms that will allow data to be effortlessly exchanged between the physical and computer-generated creations, in addition to optimizing manufacturing processes. Because they allow for the monitoring, analysis, and optimization of physical functioning, digital twins can give constant input for enhancing quality of life and general well-being in humans. As part of the literature review, the following icons were used as case studies: ABBAtars and Queen, Carrie Fisher of Star Wars, and Dead Professor. It was concluded that the use of digital twins is growing and becoming more widely implemented and discussions on its implementation in educational contexts have begun to surface. This study looks at emerging trends in the use of digital twins and relates these trends to recent use cases of digital twins in educational contexts. The result is an understanding of both risks and potential of this technology for teaching and learning moving forward.

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Hawkinson, E. (2023). Automation in Education with Digital Twins: Trends and Issues. International Journal on Open and Distance E-Learning, 8(2).
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Eric Hawkinson, Professor, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Japan