Universities in Brazil are already betting on Metaverse  Online GNP

Universities in Brazil are already betting on Metaverse Online GNP

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The “classroom of the future” may be closer than you think. With the advancement of augmented reality technology and the small impact that the epidemic has had on distance learning, universities and schools in Brazil and around the world have begun to explore metaverse resources. Selling as the next “revolution” for the Internet, Virtual Reality Space was created in the 1980’s and can be used to purchase land, hold meetings, attend concerts, play football games and take classes with a controlled avatar for you. .

While not entirely new, Metavers is back on the radar, with Mark Zuckerberg, owner of Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, changing the name of the holding company Meta and saying it would be his next bet. This blend of the Matrix universe with the characters from The Sims game has now reached Brazilian education.

The FIA ​​Business School last week launched one of the first classrooms of its kind, which began running courses at Metaverse. Teachers use virtual reality glasses to teach, while students who do not yet have the device can join the online space via video call.

“It’s an incredible experience for them. We’re not talking about a ‘higher’ world, we’re talking about a different universe. ., Clapping and interacting with colleagues, when I write on the blackboard, I give a presentation and ask questions “, explains Alessandra Montini, director of the Labdata nucleus at the FIA, responsible for creating space.

He says he took a ten-day immersion with his colleagues to create this virtual classroom. It only took three to four hours for the remote to hang.

Despite the visual and interactive appeal, Alessandra noted that this is one of the main challenges for Metavers teachers. “It’s wonderful for the student, because he sits and watches. For the teacher, he needs to know the subject by heart, follow the avatar’s expression to see if the student understands, control the available technical resources … It’s like a marathon to you in Metaverse. You have to stop for 15 minutes and then rest, “he said.

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Companies and universities in China, the United States, Mexico, and parts of Europe have invested in training and courses taught exclusively in virtual reality. Among the benefits, they highlight the possibility of receiving students and staff from around the world.

Last month, the USPO entered the game and became the first Brazilian public university in Metavarso through an international cooperation agreement with Radio Kaka (RACA), which provided the institution with the first NFT (non-fungible token). The purpose is to promote the application of virtual reality universe and research on technical, economic and legal aspects.

This NFT means USP United States of Mars (USM) has acquired “rare earth fragments” in its own metavars created by the online “race” created by RACA. In practice, Brazilian organizations can use this “virtual land” to create space for interaction. Before that, however, it is necessary to find a qualified workforce to build the modules and the funds required to pay for it. “For now, our goal is to attract people and ideas so that a space and things can be created inside,” explains Marcos Simplicio, associate professor of computer engineering at USP Escola Polytechnic.

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“It’s an expanding market, and not just for those who come from the technology sector,” said Juliana Tenorio, manager of educational solutions at the Brazilian Institute of Capital Markets (Ibmec).

He says job search in this niche has grown in the market and on LinkedIn. In partnership with Exame Magazine, Ibmec this year launched a Masters course in Digital Manager and Metavarso, which lasts one year, costs just over R $ 18,000, is completed entirely online and is equivalent to a postgraduate course recognized by the Ministry of Education.

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