Metaverse: The Next Big Thing in Education


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Community learning or group learning environments offer many benefits to learners. Community learning has evolved tremendously over the years to become more rewarding and empowering for students. Students can make meaningful connections to their social and physical environment through community learning. According to experts, the fun element of community learning helps students complete their courses better.

Currently, the metaverse is making inroads into almost every industry, and the education industry is no exception. Metaversity, derived from the combination of the terms metaverse and university, is currently the buzzword that is poised to transform the education sector by removing the gaps in online learning. But before we dive deeper into the concept of metaverse and metaversity, let’s focus on the benefits of community learning:

  • A community’s greatest asset is its network. Being part of a community with a strong bond where everyone grew up together (eg, a school or college) adds a lot of value to a student’s life.
  • Students who participate in community learning programs may retain information for long periods of time.
  • In community learning, students do not want to be left behind. Also, if the course is divided into levels, students will want to grow with their peers and do their best to succeed.
  • When students see their fellow students working hard, they are inspired to learn from them.
  • Also, if a student gets stuck, they easily get help from the community.

Online learning has evolved significantly since the PC-based internet boom of the late 1990s. Additionally, with the advent of mobile computing and social media platforms, the concept of micro- learning, an approach to delivering information in small chunks, has become popular through smaller, engaging video learning programs. Now, with the advent of the Metaverse, industry experts are speculating that we are entering the third era of computing.

Metaverse – the next big thing in education

The Metaverse is a virtual learning space that can replace static web pages on PCs and smartphones with 3D environments in which we participate as fully immersive avatars. The metaverse can act as a bridge between the physical and virtual worlds using augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and other related technologies.

The best thing about the metaverse is that it facilitates social interaction so that learners are never alone in the metaverse. Unlike a scheduled Zoom call, which closes all communication when you hang up, the Metaverse is constantly driven by activity and allows for seamless peer interaction. This change has profound ramifications for capacity building and education. Thus, the metaverse has the potential to solidify community learning to a great extent.

Distributive learning is the essence of the meta-university concept. It helps students access education through various teaching methods including smart classrooms, e-learning, etc. using information technology resources.

How can metaversity facilitate community learning?

With the outbreak of the Covid-19 induced pandemic, online courses have grown in popularity. However, the pandemic has also exposed the shortcomings of online courses as an isolated and monotonous experience for learners.

Since humans are social by nature, group learning models provide us with better opportunities to foster critical thinking skills. Moreover, while students can thrive in community learning, why should online learning be a solitary experience? This is where metaversity comes in.

Some of the advantages of Metaversity are:

  • Through this 3D virtual world, users can engage virtually through advanced technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), social media and online gaming platforms. Additionally, Metaversity’s three-dimensional classrooms allow students to virtually interact with their teachers and classmates.
  • Metaversity offers a perpetual, real-time environment that is always active.
  • It offers a social learning platform that facilitates collaborative learning.
  • Metaversity also transcends geographical barriers. A metaverse-based learning setup allows students from any geographic location to be engaged and learn beyond the confines of a traditional classroom.
  • The Metaversity program promotes healthy peer pressure, which helps students in their academic pursuits.
  • Additionally, Metaversity allows students to participate in various extracurricular activities such as arts, sports, music, dance, and quizzes, in a virtual setup. They can also take a virtual tour of campus from home using VR headsets.

Final Thoughts

Social interactions largely shape human behavior. In addition, social interactions foster a spirit of learning, cultural awareness, and community building among students.

Considering the above factors, it seems logical to assume that although the concept of metaversity is at a nascent stage, it is poised to bring educational best practices and revolutionize the existing education system. Additionally, Metaversity will also rebuild the educational framework in a more sophisticated, innovative and relevant way by breaking down the boundaries of the physical world. Thus, educational ecosystems must begin to prepare to fully explore the benefits of metaversity.

The author is the founder and CEO of Invact Metaversity.

The thoughts and opinions shared here are those of the author.

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