Going to college isn’t just about studying. This is why metaverse advocates invest in “metaversites”. They are digital twins of real university campuses.
The first virtual campus is Morehouse College, a liberal arts college located in Atlanta, Georgia. It exists in digital form and has been welcoming students since March 2021. Today, as part of its “Meta Immersive Learning” program Meta finance 9 news ” metaversity “. These will cover the United States and launch in the fall.
With each campus rebuilt in detail, students will have the impression of physically going to university. A company called VictoryXR build digital twins. They are building new campuses with funds provided by Meta and using the EngageVR platform.
The results look impressive as shown by the videos available on the site VictoryXR’s YouTube channel. Virtual environments are not photorealistic. But they represent the actual buildings and layout of the campus so well that a an actual visit to the university students feel at home.
How do “metaversities” work?
Students borrow helmet Meta Quest 2 at the beginning of the semester and return it at the end. They can move around the digital twin campus, attend classes and relax in the student lounge and gardens. More students will attend virtual classes. And these can communicate with each other and with teachers.
To go further, virtual reality offers possibilities such as time travel for historical excursions And much more. The goal is to make learning more engaging, entertaining and accessible to all.
Here’s a list of 9 “metaversites” coming this fall in the United States:
- University of Kansas School of Nursing
- New Mexico State University
- South Dakota State University
- Florida A&M University
- West Virginia University
- University of Maryland Global Campus
- Southwestern Oregon Community College
- California State University
- Dominate the Hills
- Alabama A&M University.
Targetalong with other major tech companies continue their deep dive into building a meta version. Over the next few years, they will have more and more experience with virtual and augmented reality. It will also support a increased demand for the latest Meta VR headsets and technology in development.