Educating in the Metaverse

from SERENDIPTHY35

There is not much mention of education in all the discussions this year about the metaverse, but it is thought that it will better allow students to have a cyber-physical learning experience. The virtual world will merge with the real one more and more seamlessly.

For the past 20 months, there has been a global educational experiment in online learning. But don’t think that what has happened in education because of the COVID-19 pandemic is an accurate account or prediction of what teaching and learning are at their best, or what they will become in a metaverse. The forced move to online education was awkward for most schools, students and teachers, particularly in the first two semesters. By the spring of 2021, all parties were better adapted to learning online. For the fall 2021 semester, many schools were able to go back to their pre-pandemic methodologies and content delivery. The best schools and teachers have not abandoned what was learned in those online days, and for them learning has continued to shift between online and in person. Online delivery has become more of an integral component of education. The whole move online in 2020 and 2021 should lead to more inclusive and creative pedagogical solutions.

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  1. Ever since the Covid 19 pandemic took place in 2020, there have been so many new ways to receive an education. The pandemic forced teachers and kids to do school from their own home to stop the spread of the virus. At first it was difficult for everyone to adapt to using technology for school but eventually people got used to it. Even in my high school when people were allowed to go back to school, some people still chose the option to stay home. With the metaverse now being introduced to us it again opened up many new ways to do things in the comfort of your own home. The metaverse allows you to do pretty much everything you could do in the real world from your own home, including an education. It is the direction the world is now heading in. Schools are starting to offer only online classes without having to go in person at all. People have realized why go into work when they can do everything they need to online. I feel it has made my generation lazier. Instead of going into school and getting that in person experience people rather stay behind a screen. Also Jobs nowadays look for people who have the skills of working online and seeing how you handle it. Even if you are very good at your craft, not having the skills of working online can set you back. I believe that if the pandemic never had happened, virtual school would not be as normal as it is today. It is very important for kids to actually be in school getting that in person experience. For me, learning is way more affective in person then it was virtually. There were so many distractions which took my attention away from the class going on. In high school I was also able to just stay in my bed without having to put my camera or mic on. It was very hard for teachers to tell who was engaged or not. That is just from my personal experience. There are also many good things about virtual learning but it all depends on how you use it.

  2. With the expansion of the Metaverse, growing more and more every day, opportunity seems to be limitless. Being that the real-world applications have already been evident throughout the Metaverse, more and more people are curious as to just how many things can come from this. Education is arguable one of the most important aspects of our world today. Many different aspects of education can already be found within technology uses. For example, if someone needed to complete a task at hand and didn’t have the past knowledge to understand the right way it would need to be done, they can simply us YouTube to find a video explaining the right way said task should be completed. This academic application into technology uses has only expanded from the origination of the internet. Why not include it within the Metaverse? There is no limit to what can be done in these circumstances. For all we know, full on classrooms can be found and attended in the Metaverse. This has already been evident in group-oriented applications such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams. It wouldn’t come to a surprise to anyone if an application for educational purposes can be made in addition to The Metaverse.
    Throughout the pandemic, students across the globe started their academic day from the comfort of their homes. This was simply done by signing onto the meeting established by their instructor through an application online. From there they can virtually experience everything they would within a regular in-person classroom setting. This proved to be a challenging concept for many students for they were said to be distracted within the setting of their home. This could possibly be a huge downfall to the likes of educational means within The Metaverse. However, students around the world, still today, choose to continue their academic career virtually. Without knowing how The Metaverse will accompany educational applications, the question stands with regards to how effective it will be compared to applications already established. Will this benefit the idea of virtual education or will this only lead students to become distracted in an impersonal environment.
    Personally, I have had my fair share of experience with virtual schooling. This has led me to appreciate the classroom setting in many ways. I feel as if the idea of people choosing to attend school on a computer when given the chance to attend a classroom is nothing but sad. It shows how people have become detached with applying social skills to their everyday lives. By doing this, the person will lack those necessary social skills when it comes to finding a job in the real world. This would create a wave of socially unskilled people finishing their education and looking to find a career. I believe this ideology is both scary and unbeneficial to society as a whole.

  3. The article speaks of how much knowledge is being thrown at us in this day and age; it can overwhelming, and we all don’t want to be the ones left behind when the next talked about/relevant thing hits. The article offered the advice of setting a Google Alert through our Gmail, and setting the topic as any topic of interest. There is so much new and exciting info in circulation with the coming of the Metaverse, and it can be difficult to keep up with it all. At the end, the author asks some thought provoking questions:
    – How far away is this from being a reality?
    – What does this mean for teaching and learning?
    – What about equity and accessibility?

    My answers to the above questions would be the following:

    Metaverse is far from becoming a true ‘reality’, like one as portrayed in The Matrix, but I do believe it can be considered as a reality by some already. The Metaverse may not exist tangibly, but it can be a reality to those that wish to escape from the real one. Once the Metaverse becomes indistinguishable from the original, only then will it become just as good as a ‘true reality’.

    I feel that once the Metaverse becomes accessible to all people, only then can it be used to enact Government-backed, official schooling. This would entail getting VR headsets into the hands of countless children in the US, which is unrealistic for the time being; one day it may become reality though. After all, we turned schooling virtual for the pandemic, which is something that many never would have thought possible.

    Lastly, as I said, not everyone would be able to afford a VR headset if there were to be school in the Metaverse; the government can’t force people to go out and get VR headsets, so they would have to provide them themselves to those who don’t own one (which would be absurdly expensive), or wait until headsets are in wide enough use to consider the prospect of starting school in the Metaverse (as was the case with computers).

  4. So this article caught my eye today because the first blog comment that I posted (or second) was the article about how the world is not ready for the meta verse. In that analysis, I explained how unique and complex yet extremely effective the meta verse is. With the meta verse being an ongoing project in its development stages, it still gives us a perspective as to just how advanced and interesting it really is. What I find to be most interesting is society’s involvement in the meta verse such as people buying and selling land already in it. With this much involvement comes the increase in both popularity and need for the Metaverse. Things such as education, which is the most powerful thing a human being can hold, is something that is soon going to be implemented in to the Metaverse. Given that any form of education can be obtained online with typing and a few clicks, it is no question that developers have considered implementing it into the Metaverse. You may be wondering what exactly will this look like or what does it mean, well it is still the same as your regular everyday classroom, but it is all online in a world outside of reality’s boundaries. A good statement for this phase would be that the Metaverse is creating the classrooms of tomorrow wit easy access to education and various learning environments generated by the power of the Metaverse.
    I think that this would be a nice transition because due to the effects of COVID 19, students are used to already being at home for long periods of time. Although we are somewhat out of that stay at home phase, it still creates an opportunity for everyone to be involved in education. For example, if someone is sick and can’t attend school, the Metaverse is just a headset away, and with this can reduce the risk of the student going to school and risking getting other people sick. Though, we must not forget that distraction still does occur in the home of the student, which can pose a serious disadvantage to the student and even the instructor as well. Another disadvantage to this is the social skills that people would develop (or not). Meaning that if we are put in virtual reality all day, then it almost acts as poison to our social skills in the real world because we don’t need to implement them as often as we used to. Overall, the concept of establishing a form of education in a virtual reality aspect is one that I feel needs to be funded even more and analyzed more. It is a really great idea considering students would prefer to be at home learning because they are more comfortable in that environment.

  5. I believe that the metaverse could be a huge step for the education process and help the world move forward quite a bit. The world is constantly evolving and changing and so that means that the education system needs to continue to do so as well. When the world was forced to shut-down in march of 2020 due to the covid-19 pandemic, many that had the ability to, had to switch over to a virtual world. We went from being having to go in person to work and school everyday, to being stuck at home unable to leave our houses to do the things that we loved. With this the education system had to adapt as well. Schools started heavily relying on platforms such as zoom, google meets, and skype. Many of which were never used before. The educational system had to find a way to educate their students because even though our norms may have paused, children did not just pause growing and maturing and they still needed to learn. This is why something such as the metaverse will be extremely helpful to not only the educational system but also the rest of society. The metaverse is being used and experimented with and there is potential that it is only a matter of time that the metaverse becomes popular and used in everyday lives. There are companies using them for people to meet people, have concerts, and explore. If this technology is perfected this can be extremely helpful to educators and to companies to help train and explain things to employees. In school if there is a need for students to not come into school such as a snow day, the metaverse will let students attend class in a way rather than just showing their foreheads and ceilings on zoom. When new technology comes out it is constantly questioned, when the phones first came out people were hesitant, but as more people bought the product there was more a demand because people had more people with the same technology so they could communicate, this is the same concept with the metaverse, the more that people buy into the technology, the more demand there will be and it can “take off.” Schools use Minecraft which is a video game in order to teach things like physics and engineering. That was questioned at first but now it used in a lot of programs. One last thing that the metaverse can do for education in particular is give students cheaper alternatives to visit places such as colleges. This would allow for students to have college visits without having to pay the costs of traveling. Overall I believe that the metaverse can be a huge bonus to our education system to help people evolve.

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