Virtual space: how the metaverse will impact the future of education

Virtual space: how the metaverse will impact the future of education

When we talk about the metaverse and multiple, virtual or augmented realities, different representations, images and concepts come to mind. A world, somewhat diffuse, begins to be represented always associated with technology and innovations that will mark the future. But when we talk about the education of the future and the new virtual spaces, questions arise that ask us to start outlining an answer: What will the education of the future be like? Will virtual spaces coexist with physical spaces? Will the metaverse take place in the next education?

If one thing is clear, it is that this education will be without barriers, with technology as an undisputed ally, where the geographical limits vanish and the digital transformation continues its deployment. Education has given a break, we can say that the traditional model is no longer, it does not exist as such.

Today we are experiencing a new education that, without a doubt, is laying the foundations for the education of tomorrow.

What role do technology and new teaching methods have in education? I dare to say that its role becomes fundamental and its impact will be even greater than imagined. Technology has not only come to improve communications, to make them more real, but it has narrowed the distance gap between the links that isolation had caused. And it begins to propose a new scenario of virtual spaces where education will begin to coexist in the not so distant future.

These experiences could be thought of today as integrated into the teaching processes, at a time when very interesting concepts about thinking in other dimensions are also breaking out, where a human person with a virtual identity can also travel and be linked in metaverse environments, worlds that travel in parallel dimensions. with the same human beings, only in the form of avatars.

The metaverse is a virtual world that exists parallel to the physical world. Without leaving home and with virtual reality glasses, we can interact with other people and also study. It proposes a revolution in education, with an immersive and experimental learning method.

In this new environment of transformation, when we talk about technology we recognize endless new digital tools, software developments, multimedia resources, and even innovative pedagogical techniques that facilitate the linking of institutions with our peers and our students, in virtual environments. But the most important thing is how this technology has been integrated into teaching practices, breaking the paradigm of modernity and the classical university, getting closer than ever to constructivist models from the pedagogical point of view, transforming and evolving.

Likewise, the challenge of the third dimension arises. Education is approaching a new dimension that is already happening in other work spaces. What does it consist of? Where are we going? What does it offer us? We need to resolve all these questions and the way to achieve them is to explore that new space that today is not yet real.

This is how we consider it and challenge ourselves in the face of what is to come: exploring new possibilities and teaching and learning experiences, continuing to bet on technological innovations and, why not, also moving to the third dimension as a complement.

Here the challenge that arises is to be able to think of augmented reality tools, bring resources to the teaching environment that would be impossible in real life, achieve scenarios adapted to the disciplines and specificities of the courses, or career subjects. Being able to summon characters from the story and being able to share with the virtual reality space.

It is about incorporating 3D and virtual reality resources into teaching platforms, replacing synchronous meeting rooms. Enabling interactive spaces in a unique and transforming experience to what is known until today.

These changes are here to stay, but for them we need universities that are convinced of this, technology companies committed to higher-level education that must continue to incorporate experiences that make teaching-learning processes more accessible and dynamic. And above all, a large investment in teacher training that allows us to advance and sustain these transformations.

From our place we are taking the first steps so that this reality is immersed in the immediate context of our students and we hope to be able to materialize these initial steps throughout 2023.

Rachel Maga
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life's biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.