Educational institutions are starting to see the value of leveraging metaverse platforms as tools for educational and instructional procedures.
One of Japan’s most esteemed universities, the University of Tokyo, recently announced a plan to teach engineering courses centered in the metaverse.
The university’s engineering faculty will design these courses in the metaverse, which will have two goals, even if they won’t lead to degrees.
The first is to enlighten high school students about potential career routes connected to engineering and information science fields at the University of Tokyo.
The second objective is to address the lack of workers in these academic settings who can handle digital tools and new technology.
The metaverse platform to be used for these duties has not been specified by the institution.
This new program will offer training in areas including artificial intelligence, entrepreneurship education, and next-generation communication technology.
The University of Tokyo will award certificates to students who successfully finish these courses, and they will also be allowed to enroll in physical classes to augment their online education.
Due to the low enrollment of women in engineering courses, the university would reportedly make attempts to attract them to these programs.
More businesses and institutions are moving their operations to the metaverse as it becomes a platform for a variety of activities.
According to a May study by the Argentine software company Globant, 66% of respondents think that one of the metaverse applications that would transform people’s life in the coming ten years is virtual learning.
An introduction to remote work is another trend several businesses have embraced since the Covid-19 epidemic time, which can be provided by this type of learning environment.
A study by researchers from Coburg University, the University of Cambridge, the University of Primorska, and Microsoft Research suggests that the existing metaverse technology may not be appropriate for this kind of application just yet.
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