Understanding HCI Approaches for the Metaverse in Education Applications for the Global South

Anmol Srivastava*, Torkil Clemmensen, Pradeep Yammiyamar, Pankaj Badoni

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Abstract

The recent adoption of the Metaverse in various sectors indicates its potential for digital transformation. Technologies like XR, where X = Augmented/ Virtual/ Mixed Reality, will be its key enablers and can be powerful tools for developing nations’ digital educational transformation. These developing nations are often categorized under the Global South. This workshop presents a first step toward the socio-technical Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) aspects of the Metaverse to understand its impact on education in the Global South. The socio-technical approach helps cover human, social, and organizational factors, leading to more acceptable systems for end users and stakeholders. With the Metaverse, students, and teachers can log in via different immersive devices and experience different virtual environments fabricated to their individual needs, learning, and teaching styles. It will open up possibilities to explore new situations and access facilities that might be impossible due to physical world constraints. Two key concepts will be covered – (i) A socio-technical HCI approach to the Metaverse and (ii) an Interaction Design perspective on Avatar representation and understanding of human work in the Metaverse. This workshop will initiate dialogs on questions: (a) What are the socio-technical issues of the Metaverse for education in the global south? (b) Are there any cross-cultural usability and interaction design concerns regarding digital avatar representation? (c) What considerations will be required for educational Metaverse human-work interaction design?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2023 : 19th IFIP TC13 International Conference, York, UK, August 28 – September 1, 2023, Proceedings, Part IV
EditorsJosé Abdelnour Nocera, Marta Kristín Lárusdóttir, Helen Petrie, Antonio Piccinno, Marco Winckler
Number of pages5
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Publication date2023
Pages 680–684
ISBN (Print)9783031422928
ISBN (Electronic)9783031422935
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventThe 9th IFIP TC13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. INTERACT 2003 - Zürich, Switzerland
Duration: 1 Sept 20035 Sept 2003
Conference number: 9

Conference

ConferenceThe 9th IFIP TC13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. INTERACT 2003
Number9
Country/TerritorySwitzerland
CityZürich
Period01/09/200305/09/2003
SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science
Volume14145
ISSN0302-9743

Keywords

  • Metaverse
  • Education
  • Global South

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