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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

College in a MetaVersity?

Change is coming,  but the metaverse is also not ready.     Based on our own experiences,  there is much yet to be done to prepare content, delivery and users of training and interaction in this way.  Meta-reality is still hard.  

College in the Metaverse Is Here. Is Higher Ed Ready?

By Inside Higher Ed, August 8, 2022

This fall, students at 10 universities will attend metaversities, immersive virtual reality platforms where remote faculty and students don virtual reality headsets and meet synchronously as they would on a physical campus.

This fall, students at 10 U.S. universities will attend metaversities, virtual reality (VR) platforms where educators and students wear VR headsets and interact synchronously.

Advocates claim VR increases student engagement, achievement, and satisfaction, but some scholars worry about metaversity technology licensors putting revenues above academic freedom, exploiting students' data, or replicating biased narratives in VR.  Many such challenges can be addressed by aligning educational best practices, commercial incentives, and political resolution, while students may find metaversities better than engagement via remote, two-dimensional screens.

Last year, Morehouse College tested a proof-of-concept metaversity with courses in world history, biology, and chemistry, and participating world history students improved their grade point averages 10% compared to grades in the same class facilitated through Zoom and face-to-face. ... 

The University of Massachusetts' Nir Eisikovits believes on-campus education will ultimately supplement metaversities, not vice-versa. ... 

From Inside Higher Ed

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