September 13, 2022
By Anjali Kochhar
Metaverse-focused social media firm Meta is helping universities get their own virtual reality campuses online as the company plans to open 10 virtual campuses as part of its immersive learning project.
In partnership with Victoryxr, an Iowa-based virtual reality education startup, Meta will invest $150 million in this initiative.
The University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) has over 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 said, “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.
Meta is donating its Meta Quest headsets to these organizations for students to be able to be included in the courses. One of the objectives of Meta’s Immersive Learning project is to increase the access of students to these technologies by partnering with organizations and universities. Part of the $150 million investment Meta is making serves to deliver headsets in partnership with Victoryxr, the company that is designing the metaverse campuses.
Steve Grubbs, the founder of Victoryxr, said, “Education is an exciting use case for the metaverse, and Meta Immersive Learning will help creators around the world gain skills for the metaverse and create immersive experiences for learners.”
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Anjali Kochhar covers cryptocurrency stories in India as well as globally. Having been in the field of media and journalism for over three years now, she has developed a sharp news sense and works hard to present information that goes beyond the obvious. She is an avid reader and loves writing on a wide range of subjects.