How Metavers Will Affect Education – Business Age

How Metavers Will Affect Education – Business Age

Programming students take part in a Digital House metavers class hosted at Horizon Workrooms (Meta) (Photo: Disclosure / Digital House)

Programming students take part in a Digital House metavers class hosted at Horizon Workrooms (Photo: Disclosure / Digital House)

Imagine you are an astronomy student. In a class on the Milky Way, the teacher takes the class to step on the ground of Mars, walk through the rings of Saturn, and get to know Pluto up close. You and your classmates can see all the details and feel as if you have actually traveled in space, without leaving the classroom.

This is one of the possible applications of the metavers at education. Since October last year, when the Facebook announced the name change to Goal, this was one of the main sectors that was shaken by the novelty. Researchers in the area already imagined that a convergence of technologies it was about to happen, and the process accelerated with the pandemic and the reduction of face-to-face classes. Now, with the return of face-to-face activities, the market is experiencing new teaching formats and models.

Medication

In Brazil, pioneering initiatives such as the MedRoom they take the lead in this movement. Edtech founded in 2016 offers training for medical education with virtual reality glasses. Its platform has a human anatomy laboratory, a clinical simulation office of patient care and a slide center for examinations.

Biologist Vinicius Gusmão, CEO and co-founder of the startup, says that one of the advantages of a class in the virtual lab is being able to perform realistic anatomical navigation on a living human body, which would not be possible in an ordinary classroom. where the observation is usually done with corpses or mannequins.

The human anatomy virtual lab offers a realistic view of the human body.

MedRoom’s virtual human anatomy lab promises a realistic view of the living human body, which is not possible in face-to-face teaching.

In the MedRoom metaverse, students can perform a clinical simulation of patient care.

In the MedRoom metaverse, students can perform a clinical simulation of patient care.

“The metaverse presents a different way of interacting with the content, more immersive than the two-dimensional format of the computer,” he says. “The idea is to enable activities that would not be possible in a face-to-face class or in distance learning.” Another example given by the biologist is MRI training. Traditionally, the class is based on equipment that costs millions of dollars and includes radiation, which can pose a risk to the health of students.

For Gusmão, virtual reality seems to make learning more secure and productive. The best format, he says, would be the hybrid, mixing face-to-face and virtual classes, with applications that “make sense.”

data programming

Digital House teachers have taken students to the metavers to demystify the issue in the programming market (Photo: Disclosure / Digital House)

Digital House teachers have taken students to the metavers to demystify the issue in the programming market (Photo: Disclosure / Digital House)

EL Digital house, an intensive course startup focused on programming and data, created in 2016, has been raising the same debate: “What is the value of wearing virtual reality glasses to attend a class?”, asks CEO Sebastian Mackinlay. “It takes time and investment, it has to be content that has value.”

In the company, the experience has been included in the curriculum on a timely basis by some teachers. “This first stage is about experimentation, to demystify the issue and understand how things can be done, what the limitations are,” he says. According to the entrepreneur, the students gave positive feedback and expressed interest in the new concept.

product development

In the Senai Cimatec University Centeren saviorvirtual reality has been included in the product development course, for engineering students, and also in workshops for different levels of training.

For Ingrid Winkler, principal investigator of the project, while there is realism in the metavers, there is also a fantastic aspect of “not having to obey the laws of physics,” which brings a different look at things. Compared to distance learning, the environment generates more concentration and connection within the classroom.

Students without virtual reality accessories can participate in the Senai Cimatec class using regular computers (Photo: Publicity / Senai Cimatec)

Students without virtual reality accessories can participate in the Senai Cimatec class using regular computers (Photo: Publicity / Senai Cimatec)

To achieve all these benefits, there are still challenges. “The technology isn’t mature enough yet,” says Ingrid, who granted her the interview BUSINESS SEASON from the Horizon Workrooms metavers, where the activities at Cimatec are carried out. “There is a question of ergonomics and physical well-being, the glasses are heavy, the eyes are dry. We are studying the extent to which this technology can be used. “

Another care has been to avoid excessive stimuli in the virtual space, so as not to leave the user intoxicated with the range of possibilities. “It needs to be calibrated so as not to be distracted from the content and skills to be developed in the classroom.”

For experts, the difference in metavers is the feeling of presence, concentration and connection within the classroom (Photo: Disclosure / Digital House)

For experts, the difference in metavers is the sense of presence, concentration and connection within the classroom (Photo: Disclosure / Digital House)

The last barrier, perhaps the most decisive, is access to glasses and gloves. All of the cases mentioned in this article have limited accessories and, for students who do not have them, participation can be done through a computer or mobile screen. The expectation, however, is that the devices will become popular.

“As with any new technology, hardware and software must evolve for the experience to be complete. The discussion in the United States is in full swing, I think it will come true in the next 12 months there,” predicts CEO Sebastian Mackinlay.

“People are very open to being part of the experiences and seeing new possibilities,” adds researcher Ingrid Winkler. “People bought the idea, now it’s just a matter of creating the solution,” concludes biologist Vinicius Gusmão.

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