Education and Foreign Language in the Metaverse World
What is the metaverse? What is its relationship with education and especially with Foreign Language Acquisition? In order to answer these three important questions, I wanted to start by explaining the root of the word. The prefix “META” is synonymous with the English word “beyond”, meaning “beyond something”. “VERSE” refers to the word “universe” which means “universe”.
This term, which was first used in 1945, has always been used by technology companies to describe what will happen after the Internet enters our lives.
Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, who changed the name of his company to “META” last year, says in the launch video of Meta, “This may sound like science fiction to you, but here we are starting to build a world where we see all today’s technologies together” and “In the next 5-10 years, we will begin to see most of them in the mainstream, and when this is complete, our reality in the physical world will merge with the digital universe, in other words, we will step into the world of digital reality where people do their jobs, play games, get their education and socialize,” he continues. .
While I was doing my research, I heard people saying “mirror world” or “3-dimensional internet” for Metaverse. In this world where augmented physical reality is brought together with our life experiences, online interaction is expected to be with our digital avatars and the first trials have already begun. The first wedding in the world of the Metaverse has already taken place, and the lessons in the world of education have begun.
Education in the world of the metaverse
My 17 years of experience as a foreign language instructor has shown me how much we need to prepare the course contents for the needs of the participants while they are learning French and English, in the fields they study or work in, as well as to make them speak the foreign language in an environment that invites them to experience the foreign language. However, the physical classroom environments, where they could not use visual elements and experience what they learned, always prevented them from doing this and pushed them to complain constantly that “we did not have the opportunity to go abroad so we can live the language”.
However, the technological developments that accelerated with the pandemic, the use of all these developments in distance education and new trials made us see that we can all be involved in distance education in two years, and that we have various advantages. Despite all these technological developments, the education of 1.6 billion children from 192 different countries, that is, 91 percent of the world’s student population, has been disrupted. What is a digital twin campus? How is the digital twin campus different from the atom-based campus? The future of hybrid education in schools? How will the digital twin campus create new revenue streams for schools and universities?
Stanford University started teaching Anatomy with VR glasses. In the Digital Twin Campus, students can communicate with other users and other students in the same environment, as in the real world, thanks to augmented reality. Thanks to the connected sensors, they can find themselves while navigating in a tunnel, in a car or even in a flying jet.
The picture below is they are preparing for an astronomy class and spacewalk in the metaverse world with their own avatars.
Students come together, learn together, ask questions, make plans, and play games, just like in the classes they attend in the physical environment. This new paradigm in the world of e-learning (online learning) brings us some questions.
How will Digital Twin campuses make the school or university more efficient and innovative?
A space for students to get together and hang out at The VictoryXR Quad.
In this digital campus, which is very similar to the real world, all digital objects can be changed and copied as never before. For example, you are in an anatomy class, in the anatomy class you go face to face, there is only a cadaver in front of you. Here, however, students can hold their own hearts in their hands and start learning from it ( heart to hold and learn from ). They can enlarge this heart in their hands up to 8-feet, they can walk inside their own hearts, imagine standing in the middle of your own heart and examining it closely! Click in the parentheses to watch the video. Or, let’s say you are in an art history class, you can wander around the museum, create your own exhibition in line with the tasks assigned to you and present it to everyone. In biology class, you can cut, divide and examine animals or insects many times, and since you are working on digital forms, you will not be dealing with any living or non-living thing. And the best thing is, you can see all the organs you examine in their most detailed form by making them the size of a basketball.
Source: https://onedio.com/ Seda Yekeler