How Metaverse Education Can Revolutionize Learning
The ever-changing metaverse technology has been a catalyst for significant changes in all domains, but metaverse education is still in its infancy.
The introduction of e-learning can be dated back to the 1990s; nevertheless, its global appeal has been greatly accelerated by the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Effective education depends on the ability to engage learners, since improved engagement correlates with higher retention of newly acquired knowledge.
A vast body of evidence suggests that in numerous developing and least-developed nations, including Bangladesh, e-learning may not always be particularly beneficial. It is important to note that there is a regional (urban, semi-urban, and rural) digital divide in education due to unequal access to devices and internet connectivity across regions. This disparity has consequences for the overall quality and equity of access to education.
Possibilities of Metaverse Education
The virtual learning opportunities of the metaverse are the most powerful motivators for engagement. The use of a virtual and fully immersive digital environment has the potential to transform the education sector.
Regardless of restricted resources or physical distance, anyone with access to a basic internet connection and a suitable device can participate in metaverse education. To achieve this goal, technology such as smartphones and virtual reality (VR) headsets must be affordable.
Students can join in classes, connect with instructors and peers, and participate in collaborative learning experiences regardless of where they are. The incorporation of virtual simulations and real-world interactions within the metaverse could be a valuable supplement to metaverse education.
This technology means that students in underserved locations will have access to a wide range of digital resources, such as textbooks, exercises, and experienced instructors, that may not be freely accessible in their location.
Furthermore, educators from these fields can take part in training and professional development events within the metaverse. This would allow teachers to improve their digital literacy and teaching approaches, ultimately leading to better outcomes for their pupils.
Barriers to Metaverse Education
Simultaneously, some minority groups, particularly indigenous populations, experience barriers to excellent education due to linguistic restrictions. The use of metaverse education technology has the potential to increase inclusion and relevance by offering instructional content in a variety of languages and cultural settings, thereby catering to the requirements of diverse people.
Although metaverse education has the potential to reduce the digital divide, it also has some concerns, such as the possibility of increasing inequality if not carried out honestly and impartially.
For example, a lack of high-speed internet may prevent students from participating in virtual classroom activities and benefiting from the metaverse’s educational resources. Furthermore, despite the availability of sufficient resources, the shortage of educators capable of correctly exploiting metaverse education may continue to pose a severe barrier.
The most important factor is continuous power supply. It is critical to recognize that the provision of internet services alone is insufficient, as the continuous promotion of metaverse education will be hampered without consistent electrical supply.
To summarize, it is critical to overcome the digital divide in order to ensure equitable access to high-quality education for all children, regardless of their geographical location. The usage of metaverse education has the potential to be an effective tool for bridging this difference and giving students with equal access to learning opportunities.
However, given metaverse education’s immaturity, it is clear that the government alone may not be able to handle this endeavor. Non-governmental organizations and donor agencies should explore investing in metaverse education infrastructure and pilot projects to ensure that poor populations have equitable access to educational opportunities.