In addition to being the first of its kind in the metaverse. The lecture to Queen Mary students can serve as a valuable teaching tool for doctors, nurses, and surgeons. Professor Ahmed claims the metaverse offers several benefits over traditional online learning. Education could undergo a paradigm shift as students can replicate activities previously only possible in person. Metaverse is a virtual world. Where users create avatars of themselves to share space, collaborate, and engage in real-life activities together. In a way, it is a digital space with real people.
Dr. Ahmed, a surgeon, and lecturer at the Queen Mary University of London said:
It represents a change in how our education delivers, especially when there is a practical component, such as when studying medicine. Educational platforms will integrate to help students learn better. We can create interactive 3D assets, like an anatomical model, in a 3D environment. Because it is invaluable for the educational process and not possible with Zoom or Teams. A VR simulation, for instance, can help to train the doctors and surgeons of tomorrow by simulating a real-life procedure.
Obviously, in-person instruction adds the most value, but we are seeing a shift in how education delivers and improves with the technology at our disposal. With more VR-based immersive learning opportunities offered across the country. So, there is reason to believe that these types of opportunities will continue to exist. “At the Queen Mary University of London, we are constantly experimenting with new technologies, and teaching students inside a 3-D world is a fantastic example of how we give our students the very best learning experience,” said Stephanie Marshall, Vice-Principal for Education “I believe those who attended will always remember the occasion and had a wonderful time. Through the creative use of technology, we can enhance the interactivity, inclusivity, and engagement of higher education.”
Medical student ‘s experience of the class
Medical student Periklis Giannakis attended the lecture and commented “It was truly an honor to be one of the first students in the world to attend such a lecture. Learning from everyone attending made it more fun. Because I really liked the fact that I was able to interact with them. I feel privileged to have been able to experience this cutting-edge technology as it was very similar to an actual face-to-face lecture.”
Incorporating Metaverse into online classrooms alleviates a key challenge resulting from online learning. The absence of tools to facilitate scientific experiments and hands-on activities, similar to what is possible in person. In the lecture, students learned about modern healthcare technology and the metaverse in medical education. Helping them understand the underpinnings of modern healthcare. VR desktop applications and Oculus headsets were used by participants.
Compared to a traditional online classroom, the VR environment also allowed students to benefit from a more interactive experience with group teachings. Which is made easier by the technological features of the VR environment. Several more lectures are planned in this format, and more modules are being added to the course for those who would like to experience VR teaching. Professor Ahmed has pioneered technology in surgery, taking students around the wards virtually during the last pandemic. In addition to using Google Glass, virtual reality, holograms, avatars, and mixed reality in his class, he has taught for more than six years at Queen Mary using innovative technologies.