It seems that everyone is getting ready to embrace the metaverse, with more corporations and agencies supporting the online platform. Capitalizing on the world’s interest, Meta announced that they will be opening 10 metaverse campuses as part of a project.
With more universities accepting digital media and making courses about them, having schools focused on the online platform makes sense. Are people going to widely accept this as a form of education from here on out? Let’s wait and see.
Metaverse campuses are becoming a reality
According to Forbes, Meta and Victory XR are opening 10 metaverse campuses, comparing these classes to the Magic School Bus. Students will have VR headsets strapped in, as they explore new digital worlds and learn in a more interactive way.
“Teaching in the metaverse is like being able to leave your physical reality and immerse yourself in a complete, digitally simulated environment. It can be anywhere in the world, in any timeline,” said Muhsinah Morris, principal investigator of the Morehouse in the Metaverse project.
Morehouse’s metaverse project is only one of the 10 campuses that Meta is planning to launch, with more to come. The University of Maryland Global Campus is going to be one of them as well, with employees sharing their excitement.
“We’ve never had a campus before, and now we have our first,” said Daniel Mintz, chair of UMGC’s department of information technology. “It has a duck pond.”
It’s not good yet
Despite plenty of enthusiasm from those involved, it seems that these metaverse campuses still need work to impress upcoming students. Apparently, the virtual campus has been compared to an early PC game, which makes sense when compared to Zuckerberg’s selfie.
The Forbes report claims that these virtual schools feel “unnervingly empty,” failing to capture the feeling of being in school. Admittedly, it seems that the developers are aware of this, as there’s an option to teleport to specific areas instantly.
Will these online schools for the metaverse become the new normal? It’s going to take some time.