Metaverse is now a trending topic that is being discussed by many people in various parts of the world, including Indonesia. Yes, technological advances and the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in various countries also gave birth to metaverse technology. So, what exactly is the meaning of the metaverse? How does the metaverse work? Here is an interesting review.
What is metaverse? The term metaverse began to be widely discussed by various parties after Mark Zuckerberg took the initiative to change his company’s brand name, which was originally called Facebook, to Metaverse. The word metaverse is adapted from a science fiction novelist named Neal Stephenson. He wrote a novel with the title Snow Crash which was made in 1992. The word metaverse is a combination of the words meta and verse. Metaverse itself is closely related to the word universe which means universe. In this case, the metaverse is defined as nature or virtual world/virtual world that combines digital technology and 3D virtual technology.
How does metaverse technology work?
When you enter the metaverse realm, you will be given the option to choose an avatar who can explore the metaverse realm using 3D VR (Virtual Reality) technology. The metaverse world is a virtual world that is invisible to the eye. However, you can still enter it and play in it for a long time. Therefore, to be able to enter it, you need to use some equipment, such as AR (Augmented Reality) glasses, virtual headsets, and others. By using AR glasses, you can see characters, objects, and natural scenes in virtual nature in 3D so that it looks like, for you Kdrama fans, you can also see a part of the description of the metaverse world in Memories of Alhambra.
The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has also occurred in the world of education in the country. The government and various parties are trying to find ways to continue to carry out educational activities in the midst of this epidemic, one of which is by introducing the concept of a Metaverse University. Simply put, metaverse university is learning at a university or campus that is held online or using digital technology. Metaverse university is very dependent on the speed of the internet network so that if the internet is smooth, online learning activities can run well.
The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has forced many people to keep their distance from each other, which in turn requires them to carry out various activities online. With metaverse technology, it can replace the activities of people in the real world. For example, employees who have to attend virtual meetings, seminars or virtual workshops, or shop online and then try various types of products through the metaverse world, and so on. Metaverse Muhammadiyah In this regard, Muhammadiyah does not want to be left behind in terms of technology and tries to apply metaverse technology. The implementation can be in the form of online lectures and using several applications, such as zoom meetings, Google Classroom, Skype, and so on.
It is still carried out in a simple way. But in the future, the use of metaverse technology in Muhammadiyah universities can be even more sophisticated. Students and lecturers will have face-to-face meetings in virtual classrooms. The virtual room will be designed as attractive as possible. They will also attend lecture classes by attending one by one in the form of their own avatar or image.
By asking prospective graduates to log in to the official website that has been prepared by the campus. After that, they simply go online with their cellphones, laptops, or computers, then the operator will take their photos complete with virtual graduation clothes. The presence of Metaverse Education in Muhammadiyah universities and abroad is certainly very helpful in the lecture process between students and lecturers. Global competition is getting fiercer. Many parties continue to compete to be in a superior position. With the presence of metaverse technology, it is hoped that it can help speed up the transfer of knowledge in the campus environment so that the quality of human resources becomes more advanced with high competitiveness.