Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Why top business schools like MIT and Stanford are using 3D avatars for online students - NATHAN MCALONE, Business Insider

One of the classic laments of online learning is the lack of human interaction. Sure, you can attend class in your underwear, but you never get the connection of meeting your professors and classmates face-to-face. This can feel especially detrimental in programs that are built on networking, like business school. But some top business schools are now experimenting with 3D avatars and virtual classrooms to give students all over the world a chance at a more traditional education, The Wall Street Journal reports. MIT’s Sloan was one of the first schools to roll out a virtual reality classroom experience during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Many of their students couldn’t make it to campus, so instead of cancelling, they decided to try out the avatars.

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