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A manifesto for the metaverse: opportunities and challenges for learning development.

Buckley, C., Holley, D. and Fallin, L., 2023. A manifesto for the metaverse: opportunities and challenges for learning development. In: ALDcon2023, 13-14 June 2023, Portsmouth.

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DOI: 10.47408/jldhe.vi29.1127


Drawing upon a section of the co-created learning development (LD) Manifesto (ALDinHE, 2018), in this workshop we invite participants to come and be creative – and imagine beyond what learning developers do now into what they may do in the future, inspired by the metaverse. The metaverse is a science fiction hypothetical iteration from the book Snow Crash (Stephenson, 1992) set in a near future where the global political structure has collapsed(!), a tiny number of super-corporations control most aspects of life, and the rich spend their time in the metaverse (Ball, 2022). Today the metaverse is the Facebook-owned platform Meta, which Mark Zuckerberg (2021) explains as ‘an embodied internet where you’re in the experience, not just looking at it’. Rather than our current 2D, screen-based internet, the metaverse will be a 3D virtual space, accessed by either a VR headset or AR (augmented reality) glasses, which superimpose a layer of digital information on top of the visible world. What impact might this have on LD practices, knowledge and beliefs? The metaverse is highly contentious, and we invite learning developers to take the challenge and look to possible futures and their potential value to the sector. The educational possibilities of the metaverse will build from the UNESCO (2022) ‘Reimagining education’ discussion paper. There is also a need to focus the conversation on the ethics of the metaverse (Fielding, 2021), to consider how we can embed safety, privacy and inclusion at the core. It is fair to argue that these values closely align with LD, yet in the metaverse there is the potential for Buckley, Holley and Fallin A manifesto for the metaverse: opportunities and challenges for learning development Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, Special Issue 29: October 2023 2 violence, harassment, isolation and bullying. How can we promote and enhance equality, diversity and inclusion in this space?

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:learning development; metaverse; inclusion; virtual reality; augmented reality; reimagining education
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:39092
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:29 Jan 2024 14:12
Last Modified:29 Jan 2024 14:12


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