South Dakota State University is no longer just a university; it’s now been named a “metaversity.”
It was named so by Victory XR, a global leader in metaverse education with partners in Meta, Qualcomm and T-Mobile.
Victory XR pioneered the first metaversity in Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.
A metaversity means SDSU will soon roll out a digital twin, a replica campus for students to attend whether they are on campus or learning remotely.
Along with the announcement from Victory XR, SDSU will receive 50 Meta Quest 2 headsets for students to use this fall.
The partnership with VictoryXR and Meta will allow SDSU to offer courses in the “metaverse,” SDSU assistant professor Greg Heiberger said, adding that SDSU will become an institution at the forefront of VR in education.
South Dakota State campus to be recreated in metaverse
SDSU will have its campus green, Coughlin Campanile and other buildings and labs built to scale in the metaverse. All spaces will be available for multiple courses to have VR classes and labs starting in August, Heiberger said.
Using either a virtual reality headset or a PC, students will enter the metacampus with other students and their professor. There, they will engage in classroom experiences like delving into human anatomy, history field trips through a time machine or astronomy on a starship.
SDSU faculty members will receive training from Victory XR and the university’s Center for the Enhancement for Teaching and Learning and Instructional Design Services.
The partnership was funded, in part, by Meta Immersive Learning. Meta is providing the Quest 2 headsets during the proof of concept on each campus as well as funding for the digital twin buildouts.
Other colleges joining SDSU in this effort are:
- Morehouse College
- University of Kansas School of Nursing
- New Mexico State University
- West Virginia University
- University of Maryland Global Campus
- Southwest Oregon Community College
Additional metaversities are scheduled to be announced in May.