Metaverse - The New Dimension of Education

From studying in groups under the shade of a tree to blackboards to zoom meetings, the world has come a long way when it comes to teaching and learning methods. However, if you think that zoom meetings were the furthest peak we could reach, this article is worth a read! Metaverses are in vogue and it was not long enough before the world of education also logged into it. As the generations of students change with the evolving technologies, teaching methods must evolve too. Education in the metaverse is something that will slowly make its way into the lives of students and soon become a staple for teaching students most efficiently. 


The Concept of Metaverse


The metaverse is a 3D virtual world that blends online gaming, VR, AR, and social media where users can interact virtually. It is a perpetual, active, and real-time verse that conquers limitations brought forward by geographical boundaries to offer beneficial services to clients. This virtual world is the perfect space for shopping, socializing, learning, shopping and business too. 

The metaverse is a digital landscape where users can create their virtual environments. Moreover, users can also connect in a way that is more personal than other methods. The metaverse presents an innovative method of virtually interacting with others around the world. Just put on your virtual reality headset and log into a virtual world and communicate with anyone from anywhere. 

Just think of the metaverse as a virtual version of the world we live in. A place where developers and users can create anything from virtual arenas to metaverse schools. In a world that is becoming more and more geographically divided, the metaverse is the perfect way to travel around and learn new things. 



Why Is The Metaverse A Great Educational Platform?


Unlike zoom meetings which are considered over once you log out or disconnect from a meeting, the metaverse is always “on.” We have come a long way from a conventional blackboard and PC teaching. 3D animations have become a staple for understanding concepts and these animations must be used in an immersive and interactive manner. 

Metaverses can serve as very efficient educational platforms due to a variety of reasons.


Visualize and tell stories to explore diverse worlds.


Visualization and storytelling are two trademarks of a metaverse learning experience, and they are desperately required today after the deluge of dull Zoom sessions at COVID-19. Learners can step into an altogether different environment or the shoes of another individual using VR technology. DaVita, for example, uses an interactive, multi-sensory first-person story to enhance patient empathy.

Entering meta worlds makes it easier to visualize circumstances, including difficult development challenges. A learner, for example, can use a VR headset to investigate a street makeover in Africa or to experience life in a green Smart City. Learners "enter" critical global development concerns such as climate change, education, gender, urban development, and international trade through bite-sized 360-degree storytelling, virtual tours, and visualizations.

 Make it easier for those with impairments to get around.


The metaverse has the potential to increase educational and social opportunities for those with impairments. An immersive environment, for example, allows young adults with special needs, autism, and social interaction challenges to enhance their interpersonal and professional skills through activities such as visiting a mall or grocery store, shelving products at a store, or loading things into a truck. They can practice skills and engage with others in a safe setting using VR apps without feeling overwhelmed or scared.

 Increase data collection on learning performance.


Using the metaverse to develop immersive learning experiences enables enterprises to acquire previously untapped data to obtain insights into learner behavior to track progress, discover gaps, and continuously enhance the learning experience. Usage, performance, attention and engagement, sentiment, and predictive analysis are examples of useful data about learner actions. Teachers can also take a more active part in gathering data and assessing lessons on the success of such learning settings. Hand movements, for example, are tracked in Pfizer’s and Bristol-Myers Squibb's pharma simulators. If users cross their hands or angle them incorrectly under the biosafety cabinet, the sim quickly delivers feedback and restarts.

Improve real-world proficiency in virtual and hybrid contexts


The metaverse offers immersive, embodied skilling chances through real-world scenarios and high-pressure settings in which mistakes can be made without repercussions. It mixes VR with data science and spatial design to boost learner engagement, confidence, and application when appropriately developed

Students can study via experimentation. Novant Health uses high-fidelity, multiplayer VR simulation to develop life-saving lab skills. Students enter a virtual lab where they can engage with teachers while practicing numerous medical procedures. 



Applications Of The Metaverse In Education

A metaverse just doesn’t mean that a student will be roaming around in a virtual world. A metaverse offers a variety of methodologies for educating students. These methods are not only immersive but efficient and easy to understand as well. 

Digital Learning


When smart classes were brought into school curricula, they enhanced the way students could understand and learn concepts. Similarly, the metaverse can make classrooms smarter by allowing students to understand theories with immersive 3D animations, helping them experience content in more detail. Moreover, it will provide students with a space to experiment, fail and learn from mistakes. 

Creating real-life simulations


Learning in the metaverse is beneficial because it engages students by simulating real-life circumstances in which they can conduct scientific experiments, demonstrate prototypes, and even enter a documentary video, such as one about World War I. Subject-specific 3D spaces may be produced in the future to aid students' learning while also assisting professors in better explaining subject knowledge. 

Virtual 3D Classes 


With the rise of online classes in schools and universities, there came up a gap between immersive physical and virtual education. This gap can be bridged by creating 3D classrooms where students can virtually interact with teachers and classmates. Students from any geographical location can use this metaverse learning system and do things beyond a physical classroom.

Virtual Worlds


Imagine traveling to a specific place virtually instead of reading about it. Won’t that be terrific? By allowing students to travel to the spot they are learning about, the metaverse can help broaden their horizons and worldviews. 

Spreading Awareness


To arouse children's humanitarian interests, the metaverse can be utilized in classrooms to raise awareness of societal issues such as famine, pollution, and climate change. Students, for example, could be shown a documentary about famine in Somalia or poverty in Burundi to better understand how it impacts the people who live there. Students will take home not only theoretical knowledge but also a profound emotional sense of what is going on around them if such a teaching technique is used.



Applying the Metaverse to Different Subjects 


Geography

Students studying geography and astronomy can explore the different layers of the earth or constellations through hyper-realistic 3D animations offered in a metaverse.

Science

Students can access laboratories and experiment in a virtual environment. For example, students can dissect a cadaver to learn anatomy or mix chemicals without having fear of accidental spills or hazards.

Literature

Students can enter a metaverse and watch scenes of novels unfold, therefore helping them understand the story and relate to the characters.

History

Any historical era can be recreated in a metaverse where students can visit that era and learn about it in a more immersive way. 


Logging Out 

In short, emerging technologies have become a great enabler for the education industry. In terms of education, the metaverse is a brand-new concept that is compared to existing technologies. As discussed above, the metaverse can bring about a lot of innovation in the education sector. 

It is a very good time to get out of the 2D world and accept the breakthroughs in teaching. From helping the wheels of education turn to breaking different boundaries, technology has always helped evolve the ways we learn and teach. It would be interesting to see what will be the next big thing I n the education sector.