Let us prepare today for a new soil tumor that will change our education systems for a long time: the metavers.
A universal shared experience
- Mohit Joshi, President, Infosys
Kwang Hyung Lee of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) said that “the whole world participated in a learning experience“during the pandemic. Hans campus in Kenya, is expected to open in 2023will trust one hybrid access which will reduce the need for students and staff to commute between Nairobi and campus.
These new tools include virtual environments which will help students practice under real-world conditions, providing a more realistic learning and assessment environment than traditional courses and exams. That virtual simulationsmeanwhile, they can handle any scenario, whether it’s business emergencies for students in business schools or to teach medical students to perform invasive surgeries. They will thus offer students places where they can practice under real conditionswhile watching their result without consequences in the real world.
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Real challenges as well as metaversals
However, the use of metavers for educational purposes raises a number of concerns, the most pressing of which is to overcome the vulnerability of young users. If we consider the metaverse not as one large space, but as the amalgamation of different virtual spaces, built and managed by many separate organizations, there will be only one unit to take care of moderation whether it is content or safeguards. Critics point to problems that are already very evident in pre-existing virtual spaces for children, such as Habbo Hotel and his scandal in 2012. Recently, concerns about the difficulty of moderating content on social platforms, such as Facebook, instagram and TikTok.
Real issues in higher education, such as abuse of power and freedom of speech will not disappear in the metaverse and will even require increased monitoring as we navigate this immersive world.
Regulators, meanwhile, are looking at options that are either “difficult to implement“like the UK’s Online Safety Bill to require age verification on a number of social platforms, either”heavy and heavy‘, such as Australia’s move to force technology companies to give law enforcement agencies access to encrypted messages.
This vision of one pedagogical metavers is also based on the need for adequate infrastructure and to ensure that its participants have the necessary hardware and bandwidth to take full advantage of it.
The meta-verse will provide many opportunities to make education attractive at all levels. However, it will be crucial to rely on a solid infrastructure to ensure widespread access to this technology and to respond to the new regulatory challenges it poses. If these problems are solved properly, the next generation of students will only be enriched.