Thinking about Virtual Learning Environments

Today I [read about the Metaverse](http://www.fastcodesign.com/3030126/facebook-really-is-building-the-metaverse?partner=rss) that Facebook is said to be developing. Naturally it made me think about education and whether this will be a space that learners will engage with in the near future.

I see any virtual space as a possible collaborative space, but like any other social gathering place, the success of the space depends on who participates. As we have seen with other tools, the community is what really makes them successful. Additionally, within that community only a small set of individuals are contributing information, while many more are simply there to observe.

In 2006, I remember “taking” my students to Second Life. I showed them some university and NASA islands and they thought it was an interesting space, but they never became interested beyond my initial introduction. They preferred to communicate on [Facebook](http://www.facebook.com), a platform that I now see replaced, at least in my high school classrooms, by (http://www.instagram.com), [tumblr](http://www.tumblr.com), and [snapchat](http://www.snapchat.com/). Will this Facebook Metaverse really be “the first billion-person game?”

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