The metaverse takes positions in higher education. And some institutions lead the way. CEU universities, for example, have introduced an innovative and gamified teaching experience that can help reduce student stress and stimulate the development of new skills. This project involves the virtual replication of the campuses of the CEU Universities, and their urban environment, which allows future students to be shown the facilities. At the same time, it allows the creation of mock exams, where students can review concepts and theoretical and practical knowledge previously taught in face-to-face classrooms. This will reinforce your security before the tests.

Juan Manuel Corpa, head of the CEU Metaverse, explains that “the technological challenge involved in creating a virtual world is compounded by the difficulty of understanding and assuming a technology as disruptive and complicated as the metaverse.

Therefore, one of the main challenges we have to address is the adoption of this technology by teachers. For which the metaverse will mean a reduction in the administrative and teaching management of the teaching staff. The pilot experience of this project has been successfully developed and tested in the educational version of Minecraft (Minecraft Education Edition) and its migration to the commercial version of Java is being studied. Corpa points out that “our 25,000 students and teachers only have to download the application on their computers or iPads to be able to connect to the metaverse from anywhere in the world.”

In the future, in addition to scaling the project with the incorporation of new teachers and students, an initiative that they want to explore is the creation of a reward system based on academic excellence. The goal is to reward students based on their test results. “The idea, still under study, would be to create a system of prizes (tokens), managed by blockchain, that can be exchanged inside and outside the CEU Metaverse, as an economic system.”

The development of this initiative also seeks to make it easier for students to carry out administrative procedures, provide access to university services and enable interaction with the real world for students with less social skills and international students. For that reason, the City Council and local merchants have been contacted to collaborate on the project.

Rosa Visiedo, Rector of the CEU San Pablo University, assures that “this is only the beginning of a disruptive change in educational methodologies. We believe that we are configuring a model that can serve the sector as a spearhead of what is to come.”