Chicago — Morehouse College is the first college to teach courses in the metaverse.
The metaverse is a blend of virtual reality and mixed reality worlds accessed through a browser or headsets. Morehouse is using the digital world to study history. You can take a tour of a slave ship in the metaverse and see and hear what conditions were like, according to HBCU Buzz.
Students Tahj Henry Jackson and Sid King told WSB-TV that those types of experience gives them a deeper understanding of the past and future.
“It’s a whole new experience and you’re meeting and experiencing things first-hand, such as the Underground Railroad,” said Jackson.
Introducing students to the metaverse technology is also a way to make sure they can have the best opportunities after college, said Muhsinah Morris, Ph.D., virtual reality program manager for Morehouse College.
“They can create. They can produce. They can market. They can create social events. They can create a place of belonging in the community,” Morris said. “The future looks a lot like young people being able to come together from countries all over the world in one singular space.”
According to the Pew Research Center, 54% of technology experts believe the metaverse will be a regular part of daily life for half a billion people by 2040.