How the Metaverse will change education
(ORDO NEWS) — About a month ago, a friend showed me a VR app he’s working on as part of an international team.
For twenty minutes I was engaged in cleaning the cell channels, establishing the work of the mitochondria of the plant cell and understanding why the energy exchange of the cell does not work as it should.
My field of activity is far from biology, nevertheless, now I can remember the organelles of the cell when I wake up. It’s hard to forget what a cell center looks like aft
What is the metaverse?
Within the framework of this article, we consider metaverses, or metaverses, as multi-user virtual spaces based on the fusion of different technologies, such as virtual and augmented reality.
The term “metaverse” was coined by science fiction writer Neil Stevenson in his 1992 novel Snow Crash. It was used to describe a virtual 3D world in a nuclear disaster.
The Metaverse is an interconnected network of social, immersion and entertainment platforms that forms a single system. Roughly speaking, quite soon a sculpture made in the “artistic” metaverse, the user will be able to take it with him to the “working” universe and put it on the table there to amaze his colleagues.
What will school look like in the metaverse?
When it comes to school in the metaverse, we instinctively represent the class. Yes, avatars sit in it, and behind the painted windows there is a fantastic landscape.
Yes, the teacher may be physically located on another continent, but still a class is presented, a kind of lecture. We listened to the lesson, completed the exercises, move on to the next topic, see you online, dear avatars. Meanwhile, most likely training will change almost beyond recognition.
Interestingly, Buddhist practitioners and modern scholars largely agree on the assimilation of knowledge. Getting information is only part of the process.
There are three stages: learn the information, comprehend it and put it into practice. For the reader who is not disposed to the study of Buddhism, Maxim Dorofeev, author of the bestseller The Path of the Jedi, has an excellent video on this topic.
If everything is quite simple with obtaining knowledge, the Internet has given us the opportunity to learn anything, understanding is also a problem to be solved, then problems arise with the application of knowledge in practice.
It is quite difficult to put into practice a philosophical concept or a biological pattern… As long as we are not talking about the metauniverse.
To get inside the cell or to the very center of the physical reaction, to see what happens if the equation is put into practice? See the fission of an atom, find a dinosaur egg, start the process of the birth of the universe?
Individual educational trajectory
Now AI technologies are involved in building educational trajectories. The educational platform for younger students iSmart itself builds an individual approach to learning for young users, based on their success and test results.
The Diagnostics service helps to identify gaps in knowledge and poorly learned topics so that the child interacts with the platform as efficiently as possible.
Neural networks analyze the student’s progress, the time spent on solving tests, mark pauses and draw conclusions about whether the topic is fixed. In the metaverse, this technology will develop powerfully, as the amount of data collected will increase disproportionately.
Someone will better remember the history of the war of the Scarlet and White Roses, joining the battle on the side of the British, someone will prefer to formulate a peace agreement, and someone will arrange the supply of goods to the occupied zone.
In the not so distant world of the future, the system itself will select the ideal option to captivate the student with the educational process.
For example, you choose a field of knowledge and an educational platform, fills your “daily life” with a specially selected “routine”, the game requires the application of knowledge from a special field, you meet people with similar interests more often, the system will require you to learn and apply knowledge, but not an ultimatum.
High education efficiency
According to the study , students trained with virtual reality, applying knowledge in practice, acted 40% better than in the classroom, and 35% better than when learning online.
Experts believe that the fact is that the brain is not able to separate lived in the metaverse from reality, so the gaming experience deeply affects the user. Given the virtually endless possibilities of the virtual world, it is easy to predict that learning will become much more efficient.
Blurring boundaries between subject areas
When learning is integrated into virtual life and is a continuous process, there is no need to strictly follow the curriculum – the boundaries between subject areas are blurred.
If in the Middle Ages it was possible to devote your entire life to chemistry and nothing else, then in the 21st century it is much more difficult to achieve success with this approach, especially when it comes to the field of humanitarian knowledge.
Any theory becomes applicable in practice, the student naturally has an interest in related areas, and also has the opportunity to satisfy it.
It is generally accepted that online education, unlike the “traditional” school one, does not give the child opportunities for socialization. Metaverses have the potential to provide a balance that offsets the negative effects of digitalization.
People now spend a lot of time at the computer, and in the future the percentage of “screen” time will only grow, however, the quality of communication will also increase. Virtual and augmented reality technologies blur the lines between real and virtual communication.
The Metaverse can provide a high level of socialization in the learning process, even taking into account the health limitations of students or global pandemic periods.
Evaluation of factual knowledge
- With the help of the Virtual Speech app and virtual reality glasses, you can improve your public speaking skills and practice communicating with an audience.
A certificate of course completion means that you have attended the required number of lectures and coped with practical tasks, but the level of assessment of your knowledge remains approximate. If we are talking about school, then each of us can remember a good classmate who was actually only good at cheating.
People learn in different ways: someone grasps on the fly, someone cramms, but in the end it only matters how knowledge is learned and whether a person can put it into practice without hesitation.
It will be easier to assess the level of knowledge in the metaverse, and this assessment will be more accurate, since in the conditions of the virtual world, any situation can be simulated.
- Right now , doctors , pilots , police officers and construction workers are being trained with the help of virtual reality.
The idea that school and higher education may not be standardized often seems seditious to the layman. A school is not only a place where children receive knowledge, but also a public institution that instills in a child useful, from the point of view of the state, qualities. So far, the question of whether state educational metaverses await us remains open.
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