Metaversity Over University? Meta ( Formerly Facebook) To Open 10 Metaverse Campuses In A $150 Million Investment.
Following two years of Zoom classes, educational institutions are warming to the idea of holding classes in metaverse , Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta has invested $150 Million to help ten universities get their metaverse campuses which seeks to take education to virtual reality environment as part of its Immersive Learning project.
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In partnership with Victoryxr, an Iowa-based virtual reality education startup, Meta will invest $150 million in this initiative.
One of the biggest applications of virtual reality and metaverse technology has to do with education and the possibility of virtual reality classes coming true. Meta, the social media behemoth, is executing this idea, helping 10 universities to launch their metaverse-based campuses.
One of these is the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC), which is an online university. The more than 45,000 students of the university will now be able to meet in a metaverse online to convene and share their experiences.
Daniel Mintz, chairman of the department of information technology at UMGC stated:
“We’ve never had a campus before, and now we have our first. It has a duck pond.”
As part of this plan, the university will offer five courses in the metaverse campus that will come at no additional cost when compared to non-immersive courses. However, the university is limited by the number of headsets (required for the courses) it can loan to students.
Other institutions will also be part of this project: the University of Kansas School of Nursing, New Mexico State University, South Dakota State University, Florida A&M University, West Virginia University, Southwestern Oregon Community College, California State University, Dominguez Hills, and Alabama A&M University.