Morehouse College is adding to its dynamic curriculum by offering classes in the metaverse.
According to WSB-TV, the Atlanta-based, all-men HBCU is the first college to extend their learning experience to the virtual world. The metaverse is a three-dimensional digital world.
RELATED: Getting Accepted To An HBCU: A Guide
Students who are intrigued by this learning format can have a seat in this classroom by using a headset. College representatives say academic and social engagement does not have a limit. The technology can also be used to explore the past. Muhsinah Morris, Ph.D., VR program manager for the college used the technology to explore a slave ship.
“It’s a whole new experience, and you’re meeting and experiencing things first-hand, such as the Underground Railroad,” Morehouse student Tahj Henry Jackson said.
“And I think that people do want to know the history of us as Americans because we all have made significant contributions to this fabric of America. … To expand the story that we’re telling, to build confidence and understandings around how we’re all connected because we have a shared history in this country,” said Monique Earl Lewis, Ph.D., chair of Morehouse College’s Africana Studies and History Department.
The wonders of the metaverse are expected to continue growing over the years. It’s projected to become a $1 trillion industry by 2030 and the college wants the students to take full advantage of the opportunities available.
“They can create. They can produce. They can market. They can create social events. They can create a place of belonging in the community,” Morris said. “The future looks a lot like young people being able to come together from countries all over the world in one singular space.”