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Using Metaverse and VR/AR teaching helps DSE candidates take the exam happily under the epidemic



The DSE Diploma Examination starts under the fifth wave. There are 4 confirmed and 2 quarantined candidates living in the Penny’s Bay Quarantine Center who are ready to take the exam as scheduled in the isolation examination center. Some schools have set up special seats to separate the mildly ill. 60 invigilators have received training to cope.


Under the fifth wave, schools have been suspended for a long time, coupled with the cancellation of Chinese and English oral tests, and the arrangement of school-based assessment has been simplified, which has greatly increased the pressure on some DSE candidates. Starting from December 2021, the Hok Yau Club had followed up on the stress situation of fresh candidates with questionnaires several times, interviewing about 1,700 to 1,800 fresh candidates. In March, 36% of the interviewed fresh candidates had a stress index of 9 to 10 points, an increase of 12% compared with January. The average score of the stress index in March was 7.87, which was the highest level in the survey over the years.


Candidates are worried about the lack of preparation time, the difficulty of going to school, and their self-expectation, which has become a source of pressure for them. The survey found that 90% of students believe that their learning progress has been affected, 70% of students believe that the school’s change to online courses will have a negative impact on exam preparation, and more than 60% of students are worried about the future.


Looking back at the SARS in 2003, there were not so many social distancing measures, and long-term suspension of schools, work, meetings, religious gatherings, etc. was rarely heard. Today, because social platforms or software such as Zoom, YouTube, and Facebook facilitate video playback and online communication, classrooms and meetings are gradually being conducted in a non-physical form.


However, since teenagers are limited by their physical and mental development when they start before puberty, and their concentration is limited, relying on tools such as Zoom and YouTube to take classes will greatly reduce learning efficiency. YouTube teaching is one-way, and Zoom can only allow at most raised hands to speak, ask questions, and limited chat interaction. There is an old saying, “It is better to travel ten thousand miles than to read ten thousand volumes of books.” To observe and learn with eyesight is much better than using abstract language or written symbols to memorize and memorize. Although PowerPoint, YouTube, etc. increase the visual information transmission, they lack a sense of immersive virtual reality, so the three-dimensional things become flat on the computer.



The use of Metaverse’s virtual reality technology to create a teaching platform greatly complements the shortcomings of online courses such as Zoom and YouTube alone. In the past, the teaching aids that could be seen and touched with one’s own eyes during the physical class are displayed on the “Creative Classroom” metaverse teaching platform as a 3D model that can be rotated in all directions (up, down, left, right, forward, and backward). In the past, places that could be visited in person during physical classes can be viewed not only with videos, but also with 360-degree stereoscopic videos on the “Creative Classroom” Metaverse teaching platform, allowing students to use VR headsets to experience the immersive feeling of being there. In the past, the biological anatomy, which was only seen by pictures, has now become a 360-degree view of the surrounding environment by walking into the human organs in person, which is easier to remember after watching. The universe, which used to be seen only by images, is now like being in space. Geographical or scientific phenomena that were difficult to observe in pictures or flat films in the past are now easier to observe. In the past, I only relied on listening to history lessons, but now I can return to the historical situation as if I really entered a time tunnel.



Using the virtual reality technology of the Metaverse to create a teaching platform, not only can all 3D modules and 360 videos suitable for various subjects be assembled, but each student has a portrait representing him, and can enter different teaching situations. Teaching scenes can include large and small classrooms, auditoriums, outdoors, nature, physical rooms, geography rooms, libraries, stadiums, music rooms, art galleries, etc. As you continue to develop, you can even simulate the operation of the business world for business learning. Teachers can appropriately arrange interesting and interactive teaching activities, so that everyone can learn while socializing, and even have special role-playing, such as how to play different occupations in the workshop.


I would like to invite primary and secondary schools to experiment with “Motive Classroom” in the coming year, and see how students can improve their DSE exams and cope with the pressure in the next few years with the help of this platform.


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