We’re not looking to replace the campus with the Metaverse… quite the opposite!
In fact, focussing on the ‘human’ element in the Metaverse is not an option, but an absolute necessity.
If we are to capitalise fully on the benefits and opportunities of the Metaverse, we need to design positive experiences for learners and Faculty.
For Anthony Hié, Chief Digital Officer at Excelia, the Metaverse is there to serve people, not the other way around.
It would be a great mistake not to consider the human element in the design of our Metaverse.
The place of humans is crucial if we want to invent a Metaverse that benefits education.
The challenge of Excelia is not to become a virtual campus but to put humans at the heart of educational excellence.
At Excelia, the Metaverse will enhance the human experience, not replace it
Yes, although it may seem contradictory to say that humans have a place in the Metaverse, that is the reality of it. So how come?
- The immersive experiences that we will offer our students and Faculty will always focus on the skills to be acquired and academic success, and pedagogical objectives will be well defined at the outset.
- The Metaverse will allow us to incorporate an element of fun and interactivity into the learning process and will therefore strengthen the social relationship between students and teachers.
- The Metaverse can enhance the human experience in an e-learning or remote working scenario. Instead of working alone, students will work together and interact. Experiences within the Metaverse are ultimately much more human than in a videoconference because in a virtual environment, all participants have to perform, interact, reflect, and make decisions. During a videoconference, it’s easy to switch off and to be distracted by others.
- The Metaverse is a community in which each person has a role to play and is useful to others.
According to a study carried out in July 2021 by Wunderman Thompson Data, 78% of Generation Z believe that the Metaverse can create a more equitable and inclusive society.
If we want the Metaverse to contribute to educational excellence at Excelia, then ethics must be a priority.
The Metaverse may raise ethical issues such as data protection. This is why Excelia wanted to create its own Metaverse, ‘XL Metaverse’, rather than using the Facebook version (Horizon Worlds). Ethics is of utmost priority, to be tackled in parallel, because we want to control our personal data and protect that of our students and teachers… this is very important.
The 4 cornerstones of ethics at Excelia :
Excelia’s ambition is to become the leader in immersive learning and to create immersive experiences based on excellence: Excelia LAB, Metaverse-accredited trainers, instructional designers. Education in the Metaverse necessitates resources to upgrade our digital equipment and revise our infrastructure. It is essential for us that our students are well equipped with virtual reality glasses and 3D headsets as well as various other new tools.
#2 Data security and privacy
We want to control the personal data of all contributors. Therefore, we are putting in place processes to ensure better control of the identity of our Metaverse users and the highest possible confidentiality of the information and data exchanged on our platform. The educational equipment is of high quality to guarantee that students benefit from safe human social interaction.
In order to make full use of the potential of the Metaverse in education, we are convinced that an innovative and bold pedagogical approach is needed to successfully create digital solutions and content exclusively for our Metaverse environment. To achieve this, we need all the skills the school has to offer.
#4 Regulatory compliance
Naturally, we check the regulatory compliance of our Metaverse on a daily basis, so that it is hosted in a completely secure environment.