Metaverse education or Education 4.0 are two sides of the same coin.
By Abass Alzanjne AI Researcher
Washington D.C. Prosperity and human development can only be achieved through education. Scientists, doctors, lawyers, engineers, writers, etc., are all determined by education. Consequently, it is out of the question that the education wheel stops for any reason. Yet abruptly, the education systems around the world almost caved.
During the pandemic, education faced significant challenges, forcing specialists to devise new approaches to providing people with long-term education.
It was not surprising that everyone panicked when such an event occurred; governments, educators, researchers, and even families didn’t expect it.
There was no alternative to online education, despite the lack of preparation. In order to provide more effective solutions, experts took advantage of “Education 4.0“, which was available on a certain scale.
Social interaction was the major issue, parents, students, and educators encountered when this type of schooling was implemented.
When the going gets tough and everyone recovered from the shock, the opportunity for technological advancements, aligned with the fourth industrial revolution, rose.
The fourth industrial revolution is impacting the traditional education models.
Education 4.0 is a new educational model, based on a combination of online and offline learning methods. This model is not only efficient, but it also allows students to learn at their own pace, wherever they are.
To address the lack of social interaction in Education 4.0, metaverse education starts to surface. Using of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology to connect students with content, resources and each other in an engaging way.
Allowing students to collaborate with teachers and other students, help them learn new things and improve their social skills.
The metaverse education advantages over traditional schools:
- Allows students to interact with teachers and other students from all around the world.
- Provides access to information that cannot be found anywhere else.
- Provides students with interaction with others, who have similar interests, hobbies, or professions that will help them grow as individuals.
Education in the fourth industrial revolution based on the following principles
- Continuous and collaborative learning process – Use of metaverse (virtual reality) to interact with 3D simulations.
- Customized education, a personalized curriculum for each student based on their needs, using big data, AI algorithms, and mixed reality.
With Education 4.0 mankind bears witness to a new evolution and transformation in the future of education. It is based on a new technique of learning that relies on four principles: participation, collaboration, personalization and technology.
This new learning model, metaverse education and Education 4.0 incorporate the principles of participation, collaboration, personalization and technology.
Somehow the pandemic was a blessing in disguise, giving AI a chance to shine. During the lockdown, researchers and inventors were harnessing their brain power to develop AI-based education projects.
Reaching a fever pitch, the pre-existing applications and technologies, such as VR and AR, facilitated the metaverse development.
With bated breath, in 2021 Meta company announced the launch of the metaverse platform.
A proclamation of a new horizon, not only for entertainment, tourism, media, and work settings but also for all. Most importantly, the educational system. When Facebook drew media attention to the “metaverse,” a concept that includes VR, 3D gaming, and many other trends.
A proclamation of a new horizon an open world, for all, most importantly, the education system.
Likewise, for the development of remote working methods, Horizon’s virtual workspace, workrooms are a unique feature.
A gold rush
AI technology evolution has sparked other businesses all around the world. Big companies and even small entrepreneurs join the race and allocate huge capital to invest in the metaverse arena.
Meta, Google, Microsoft, NVIDIA, AIJRF and many more in the digital tech and AI arenas start investing in the metaverse.
In the first half of 2022, McKinsey & Company predicts that investment in the metaverse will hit $120 billion.
Facebook announced plans to invest millions of dollars in hardware and software. To achieve its vision of creating a digital world that is interconnected and improves our interactions online.
According to Microsoft, Microsoft announced plans to acquire Activision Blizzard for approximately $68.7 billion. Also, will provide building blocks for the metaverse.
On a government level, the UAE aims to become a world leader. By 2030, the UAE intends to increase the sector’s contribution to Dubai’s economy to $4 billion.
With the establishment of Dubai’s authority over virtual assets, it became the emirate’s official virtual headquarters.
Dubai’s government believes virtual assets are an integral part of the future digital economy, according to the Emirates News Agency.
According to the agency, the Dubai Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority is the world’s first controlling authority to enter the metaverse.
The time is ripe, the potential implications on education
The study of VR and its use in education is shown to be a hugely valuable tool in today’s society. Used by many known educational institutions in various ways. The widespread use of the metaverse is a crucial component in future education. Metaverse education will bring experiences from outside the classroom into the classroom and the world beyond, for students who might not have had access to those experiences otherwise.
Metaverse has been used as a tool for social intervention, Education, work, entertainment and training. It is also being used as a marketing tool, to showcase and create virtual reality worlds.
The potential implications of virtual reality on education Virtual Reality Education can be broadly categorized into three categories:
- Social Interaction and Collaboration in VR
- Experiential Learning in VR
- Audiovisual Interaction and Immersive Environments in VR
Ace In The Hole
Metaverse is a social phenomenon, as it enables people to communicate, interact, and collaborate in seemingly real environments.
Metaverse education enables students to communicate with one another, in a multitude of ways, through various platforms.
The metaverse extends beyond the concept of virtual worlds in games to include all aspects of life, including real life. By integrating and linking the physical and virtual worlds.
For instance, in the future, people will be able to hold meetings, interviews, shop, travel, attend parties, even get married, earn money and establish an economy through the 3D world that metaverses create for us and with just one browser.
It’s not long before everyone finds themselves holding a meeting or going to school, using Oculus VR glasses in their virtual offices or classrooms, from the comfort of their home.
Summing up all these descriptions in one sentence, the metaverse will be the future 3D version of the current internet and all its contents.
The upcoming new education form will be much easier and more profitable. Where every individual from the east side or west side of the earth can enroll at any school anywhere in the world, through the metaverse world. While ensuring the existence of all traditional education components that any student desires to enjoy and can experience using the Metaverse education.
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