“The Metaverse: An Educational Engine?”

Today, let’s prepare for a new swell that will change our education systems for a long time to come: the metaverse

A universal shared experience

Mohit Joshi, Chairman, Infosys

Kwang Hyung Lee of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) said that “the whole world took part in a learning experienceduring the pandemic. Are campus in Kenya, expected to open in 2023will rely on a hybrid approach reducing the need for students and staff to commute between Nairobi and campus.

These new tools include the virtual environments that will help students practice in real-world conditions, providing a more realistic learning and assessment environment than traditional courses and exams. The virtual simulationsmeanwhile, they can handle any scenario, be it corporate emergencies for students in business school or teaching medical students to perform invasive surgery. For example, they offer students spaces where they can practice under real conditionswhile seeing their outcome with no real world consequences.

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Real challenges just like metaversal

However, the use of metaverse for educational purposes raises a number of concerns, the most pressing of which is that: to overcome the vulnerability of young users† If we don’t think of the metaverse as one big space, but as the aggregation of different virtual spaces, built and managed by many separate organizations, there will be only one entity for the moderation – be it content or protection measures. Critics point to issues that are already very apparent in pre-existing virtual spaces for children, such as: Habbo Hotel and his scandal in 2012. More recently, there have been concerns about the difficulty of moderating content on social platforms, such as: facebookinstagram and TikTok

Real problems in higher education, such as: abuse of power and freedom of expression, will not disappear in the metaverse and will require even more monitoring as we navigate this immersive world

Regulators, meanwhile, are looking at options that either “difficult to implement“such as the UK’s Online Safety Bill to require age verification on a range of social platforms”heavy and heavy‘, such as the Australian move that forces tech companies to give law enforcement access to encrypted messages.

This vision of a educational metaverse is also based on the need for adequate infrastructure and to ensure its participants have the necessary hardware and bandwidth to take full advantage of it.

The metaverse offers many possibilities to make education attractive at all levels. However, it will be essential to rely on a solid infrastructure, to ensure broad access to this technology and to respond to the new regulatory challenges it poses. If these issues are properly addressed, the next generation of students will only be enriched.

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