How to use the Metaverse for training

METAVERSO TRAINING – In the years of the pandemic 91% of students from all over the world, that is to say 1.6 billion students from 192 countries, suffered at least one interruption in their teaching path. As in the case of students, advanced training or further training courses for workers have also been interrupted or totally cancelled. At the same time, however, it has begun to open up to distance learning, not only through video calling platforms, but also through much more immersive platforms, using technologies such as augmented reality headsets. This is the case of the Metave

How the educational sector changes

The vision of school and education in general is evolving. Now we are moving more and more towards not only a physical but multi-channel place that can bring students into the classroom also virtually. More technological training spaces, more profiled, more innovative, better suited to understand the needs of families, closer to children, professionals and workers. What is changing is not so the objectives, but the tools made available to formats and teachers.

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies have already become part of many educational and training sectors, but they are now receiving an extra boost. Thrust came with the pandemic, of course, but also from the direct study that has been made of the benefits that these innovations bring to teaching. A further step forward can be made with access to the Metaverse. Within this platform, numerous immersive technologies meet. It is a place that has no barriers, if not the need for an internet connection. It also allows you to give free rein to the imagination and to faithfully rebuild and visit existing or lost environments or create new existing ones only within it.

The Laboratory of Light: training within the Metaverso of Swiss Virtual Expo

The FPSE is the reference institute for higher and continuing vocational training in the electrical, telematic and automation sectors in Italian-speaking Switzerland. In order to be open to innovation and technological progress, the school intends to broaden the educational offer, adapting the proposal of the courses to the needs of the sector and its constant development.

To support this mission, the FPSE has created a highly customized area within Swiss Virtual Expo, the first Swiss metaverse. We spoke with Giorgio De Lorenzi, President of FPSE who described the reasons that led them to believe in this project and what the Laboratory of Light consists of.

“Every little piece of the school must be built thinking that it must last forever. Details make a difference, especially in today’s education, because they are precisely those that often measure the credibility of the school. Credibility costs effort, sacrifice, time. It must be built with patience, balance and passion. It is a simple concept for those who have it in their DNA.

This is why FPSE thanks to a friend has thrown herself headlong into a project of augmented reality, and virtual reality, that is, it has developed a real light laboratory in a virtual but real light laboratory.

Achieving this goal with Swiss Virtual Expo, and to give more weight to our initiative, but also to respond to the needs of a constantly evolving job market using innovative teaching from 4.0 technology, has launched several augmented reality projects.

For the school is a new world, the need to develop alongside the notions and theoretical knowledge also of practical skills.

Digital can really be a lever to create added value and discriminating in the medium term by taking up this challenge in augmented reality.

The objectives remain the same, what has changed are the tools, which must conform to the renewed needs of students, teachers, and a training that is not the same as a few months ago, a training that will change again. And that it will need schools that can adapt quickly to the changing contexts of training, of teaching.”

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