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Can Metaverse be Used in Online Education?

There’s some confusion about what Metaverse is but we’ll summarize it and break down how it works and why it may be used in higher education and online learning in the near future. 

What is Metaverse?

But most importantly, Metaverse provides many different ways to improve online learning for students and faculty. 

As Meta’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, describes it, “Instead of just viewing content — you are in it.”

How does Metaverse work?

Facebook’s Metaverse blends different elements of virtual reality and augmented reality, social media, gaming, digital communication tools, and even e-commerce. 

How can higher education institutions use Metaverse?

Pretty much every aspect of Metaverse can be used in higher education and online learning. 

Some institutions use bits and pieces of the foundational digital tools used in Metaverse, such as incorporating virtual reality, using gamification, and connecting with students and other faculty members through a variety of communication technologies. 

So, institutions that embrace digital spaces like Metaverse have opportunities to get ahead of the technology curve while it’s still “young” to help further engage students and improve the educational experience.

Creating online classrooms that feel real

Online teaching and learning can be difficult for many students and instructors. While online classes are convenient, it leaves some feeling disconnected from others in the class.

Online classrooms can feel as “real” as possible.

Instructors can create rooms with life-like objects

Instructors and students can use ultra-realistic avatars

Organizing student study groups and conducting faculty meetings

Students can build study rooms to meet at
Faculty can conduct internal meetings

Improving interaction and communication

Using virtual reality and augmented reality

Incorporating gamification

  • Gamification in online courses makes learning fun and interactive, and it applies to pretty much any subject.
  • Instructors can incorporate game-based learning activities that are further emphasized through realistic environments and the virtual/augmented reality Metaverse brings. 

While Metaverse is a new platform that’s in the early stages of development, it has the potential to create engaging online courses that improve the teaching and learning experience for students and instructors in the future.

Read our recent blog if you’re wondering what to expect from educational technology and online learning in the near future.