The Covid-19 pandemic has challenged many aspects of our life, and the education sector was not an exception. About 91% of students worldwide have experienced educational disruptions due to the pandemic while rapidly adapting to a remote style of learning and online environment. Such disruption has been transforming the traditional learning methods, bringing about new platforms that are more innovative and technology-driven.
With artificial intelligence, VR and AR technologies, the metaverse could become the next big offering when it comes to learning opportunities available to people worldwide. And with the AI education market expected to surpass $20 billion by 2027, the educational metaverse has the potential to create new innovative learning approaches, a gateway to a more immersive learning experience.
Looking ahead, let’s go over several potential AI-backed applications of the metaverse that can empower the education industry in many ways.
Multilingual Learning Opportunities
Language differences may be a real challenge for students from different cultures as they may not be able to understand and keep up with the materials and assignments. Artificial intelligence, VR and AR technologies can enhance multilingual accessibility for learners no matter where they are in the world. Speech-to-text, text-to-speech and machine translation technologies enrich the learning process and create more immersive learning environments.
The true benefit of using AI in a metaverse learning space is the ability to respond to each student’s individual needs. AI can process multiple languages simultaneously and provide real-time translations, enabling learners to engage with the materials in the language of their choice. With the ability to instantly transcribe speech across multiple languages, artificial intelligence removes any language barriers for students, enabling them to be potentially involved, learn and communicate in any language.
Personalized Approach To Education
With the help of AI, the learning experience in the metaverse gets a more personalized approach. AI learns each student’s individual needs and interests, analyzes their learning abilities and history, and understands their learning requirements. Based on all these factors, AI systems adjust the educational programs accordingly, engaging students with the ones that would be most relevant to them. Moreover, AI-powered learning platforms collect tons of data to recommend the best options for learning based on each student’s perceptive capabilities, paving the way for more personalized education. For example, Metaverse Learning is an online learning platform that provides interactive content and exposes learners to situations to help them develop the specific skills they want to learn.
Customized Learning Content
AI not only tailors the learning experience according to each student’s specific needs, but it also produces smart content to increase educational efficiency. AI is able to understand each student’s knowledge level and speed of learning and generate digital textbooks, guides and materials that are customized for the skills and needs of each learner. To make the process of learning even more fascinating, artificial intelligence systems can generate engaging quizzes, games and interactive activities that speak to each student’s specific interests.
Language Learning Through Chatbots
AI widens access to language learning for everyone in the metaverse. AI-powered systems enable avenues for exploring more interactive language learning approaches. For example, with language chatbots getting more intelligent, people in the metaverse will use AI-powered language learning chatbots to learn foreign languages. Direct interaction with bots in the form of questions and customized answers facilitates learning through the process of communication and can be a very effective way of studying a foreign language.
Artificial intelligence empowers new innovative ways of perceiving information in the metaverse by enabling students to learn the material through experience and visuals, which helps process visual data faster and take in more information. The same approach also works for employees trained in VR, who feel up to 275% more confident to apply what they learned after training. Through visualization, virtual simulations of different concepts in a 3D environment, people can easily explore more immersive realities of the theories they are learning. Microsoft Mesh is a great example of an engaging and immersive learning environment. Through Mesh, students can easily access the metaverse using Microsoft HoloLens smart glasses or through the Microsoft teams’ grid.
Interest in metaverse as a potential educational environment is growing, and leading companies are considering huge investments in this direction. Facebook Reality labs is partnering with EdX and Coursera to leverage educational programs through virtual reality and augmentation, for which the company will invest about $150 million. Roblox has also announced a fund of $10 million to create a learning space to enable users to learn and interact in its virtual world.
While the metaverse and education may seem a futuristic combination, it’s exciting to look into the infinite possibilities offered by the two sectors. Whether learning in the metaverse will become real or not, it seems that with the integration of AI, VR and AR technologies into the metaverse, we can move one step closer to embracing its amazing opportunities to shape more interactive, inclusive and engaging learning experiences in the future.