Meta creates virtual teaching spaces at ten universities in the US. Collaboration with VictoryXR is being made for this project. Meta says the goal of the project is to help companies create virtual spaces to understand the requirements. The "Meta Immersive Learning Project", spanning ten universities, allows institutions to offer virtual reality courses through a VR headset.
Universities have long considered virtual reality teaching spaces. However, they have always had to postpone these thoughts due to bulky headphones and engineering costs. However, the pandemic has forced learning institutions to think more seriously about virtual and augmented reality solutions.
Company VictoryXR created a virtual campus with buildings, a grassy lawn and a pond. According to a university official, students can enter an administration building where they can put on the headset and chat with the financial aid avatar. Five metaverse courses are offered at the university this fall, including biology and astronomy courses.
All the universities involved said they would lend the VR headset to students. Students do not need to pay extra for the use of headphones. There will be no need to spend a lot of time on the project to conduct experiments or take a trip. A nursing school will allow students to interact with patients from different backgrounds rather than working on a single model. Organic chemistry, anatomy, even history and English classes will be offered in virtual environments at other institutions.
However, for now, there are no strong indications that physical fields can replace them. For example, students can comfortably wear gear for only one hour. A commenter from Hacker News pointed out that their charting capabilities are also limited. There is also the question of whether this initiative in virtual teaching spaces can be termed the “metaverse,” since virtual classrooms are so abundant in the silo environment.
Meta helps universities pay for unique digital environments. However, it should be noted that the ultimate goal of Meta is to monetize the metadata warehouse. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company hopes to generate billions of dollars in revenue from the metaverse. Zuckerberg envisions the metaverse as a place where, at some point in the future, one can purchase digital goods and make them transferable between worlds. Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin believes that Meta's attempts to create a metaverse will fail.