Educational Metaverse: Can the metaverse provide better classrooms?
For teacher-centric, probably not. Just lower costs.
For student-centric, learning goes beyond classrooms.
Can digital classrooms replace the physical ones? If they can replace half the contact hours, they offer a huge cost-saving in facilities.
- Watch on YouTube
- The Education Metaverse
- THIRTY handcrafted learning environments in one 'Educational Metaverse'!
- Designed to enhance online learning and connect with schools across the globe.
- Another example:
- Rock Museum - Dr Schultz
- Suited for inquiry-based learning
- These examples are more likely to replace the textbook than the classroom.
- After elementary school, most of my learning came from the textbook, not from class.
- From class, I got the reading assignment.
- Then in the next class we sat quietly while the teacher asked questions to embarrass the students who had not read the assignment.
- iLRN Virtual Campus
- Virtual Experience Center
What would the educational metaverse do?
- Following the teacher-centric model it would serve as a textbook, not the classroom.
- Even so, the school system could benefit from shifting part of school time to online.
- Online. Not necessarily to the metaverse.
- The reading assignment could certainly be given online.
- And with the online model every student could answer those formative questions.
- The shift might not do much to improve instruction, but it would reduce costs.
- With part time attendance, a school building might handle two or three times the number of students.
- Educational facilities: costs. Cost per square foot. Cost per student. Physical versus virtual. The savings could go into educational services
- I can hear teachers now saying "The savings would go to management."
- But a lot would have to go to digital management.
- I am sure some entrepreneurial teachers would think of becoming digital coaches.