The Metaverse is a fantastic educational tool, but there are some challenges that come with it. One of the most obvious is the cost. A cadaver lab can be several million dollars and requires a lot of space and maintenance. One university, Fisk University, has been able to make scientific learning affordable by developing a virtual cadaver lab. Other challenges include costs for virtual reality headsets, licensing and maintaining the technology.
A virtual reality headset that combines video and still images with interactive storytelling can help students develop empathy for their medical care providers and other patients. Another challenge is that the technology requires a Facebook account to use. However, metaverse-based learning is a wonderful opportunity to engage students in important global development challenges.
The metaverse can also be a distraction for students. It is difficult to filter out distracting elements and focus on learning. This is especially true when distractions are plentiful. Students can easily become distracted by advertisements and other forms of media, which drains time and energy from the user interface. These distractions can make it difficult for students to focus on their education and develop their social skills.