These last two years have seen millions of students, and million of professionals, taking courses on the web. Remote education has become a way of life for many creating issues to both students and teachers.
The basic, and most common, approach has been to create a communication link through the network, with video conference tools like Teams, Webex, Zoom… You cannot go to the classroom to listen to the teacher … nor the teacher teach to her classroom, well let’s use videoconferencing as surrogate presence.
Most people (including teachers) didn’t enjoy the surrogate at all…
A few tried connecting through the cyberspace: creating a campus, a school, a classroom, a lab in the cyberspace and walking through this virtual space through an avatar, meeting other avatars and trying to get the feeling of real presence. I tried a few and I was not really impressed.
However, I have seen a few companies leveraging the opportunity of remote education to explore cyberspace possibilities to reinvent education rather that surrogate current education paradigm.
One of this companies is Credersi World (watch the clip). The approach is not to replicate in the cyberspace what you can do in the physical space rather to leverage the cyberspace to do something that cannot be done in the physical space. They created their own metaverse using a mixed reality platform that supports both VR and AR. In this metaverse there are no physical constraints you find in the real world, a lab can be created with all the needed space and resources (since they are virtual resources). The campus contains a variety of “focal points”, including art galleries, shops (where you can actually buy stuff as you promenade along with a fellow student).
Most importantly, the cyberspace can provide customisation to fit not just you as you are now, but you as your knowledge improves so that you can find yourself always in the right spot tailored to you present knowledge and future needs. I am not clear to what extent Credersi World support customisation but it is surely a possibility offered by the cyberspace.
In the coming year I can imagine new education/training paradigm that will take care both of you (me) and your cognitive digital twin, connecting this latter to on line knowledge support so that whenever you need something it will be available at your fingertip. Notice that this kind of Cognitive Digital Twin goes beyond a mere reflection of its physical twin knowledge to act as a knowledge augmentation.
This is a whole new space for the future of education and training, similar in magnitude to the invention of writing… It might also redefine the figure -and role- of the teacher… In perspective it might also change the meaning of knowledge, at least of the knowledge we “own”.