Logbook Metaverse in Real Case – Nothing ventured, nothing gained
Talking about Metaverse is one thing - working with it is something else
How can you use the Metaverse in your everyday business life and for knowledge expansion and further education? Because – staying on the ball is worth it.
There are innovative people in the knowledge transfer and training industry. They stay on the ball when it comes to applying new technologies. But who also wants to be a pioneer and dares to take the step and apply the latest possibilities of knowledge transfer – even if not everything is fully developed yet? It definitely takes courage and conviction, a lot of newly acquired knowledge and application skills – but above all, a commitment to the very latest tools in order to actually apply them in everyday business. So it is with the use of the Metaverse in everyday business.
As a webinar designer on the cutting edge, I acquired a lot of new knowledge to successfully dive into the exciting Metaverse. I didn’t want to be someone who merely pontificates about the “new worlds” of communication. There are enough of those. No, I want to apply.
The Metaverse is a virtual world that fascinates us with its infinite possibilities and can revolutionize the way we communicate, work and learn. How do you manage to integrate such a new tool in your everyday business life without burning your fingers? I took the self-experiment and can proudly say that it was worth it. I’ve been allowed to build interesting learning settings for companies for a few months now, where the latest AI and Metaverse tools are integrated. Here’s my log:
Platforms for every purpose
1. Getting familiar with technologies
I had to learn about technology first, and my takeaway from this is that before diving into the Metaverse, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the basic technologies. Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) you need to understand and learn how these technologies work and what devices and platforms are required. This knowledge will help make the right decisions and make the best use of the Metaverse.
2. The metaverse platforms
Each of the Metaverse platforms offer different experiences and interactions. One needs to explore these to make the right choice. Which one is the best fit? Whether it’s social interactions, virtual events, or professional development, there’s a platform for every purpose. I entered this world playfully for now. Most platforms offer entertainment and also virtual classrooms where you can hold entire workshops. Here’s a small selection:
- Gather: The gamers are leading the way. All about game design. Meet in the virtual space, play chess with their participants or drive them through the virtual rooms with a go-card.
- Decentraland: Here you can immerse yourself in real metaverse, meet colleagues, get coached on singing together, visit events and exhibitions, and much more.
- Second Life: Second Life is one of the oldest and most popular virtual worlds in the Metaverse. It was originally launched in 2003 and has since built a loyal user base. Second Life allows users to create a virtual identity, interact in a vast virtual world, and create their own content. There are a variety of communities where you can meet people with similar interests. Secondlife also offers virtual spaces for meetings and virtual classes.
- Spatial: Spatial is a Metaverse platform that aims to improve collaboration and communication in organizations. It allows users to meet, give presentations, collaborate on projects and share ideas in a virtual environment. Spatial provides an immersive and interactive experience that allows teams to collaborate regardless of their location.
- TriCat: My favorite is the platform that originated in Germany. Here you can rent virtual rooms. You can individualize these and work very well in them. I use this platform in my workshops.
In the meantime, there are many other metaverse platforms on the market and new ones are created every day that you can use. The networking with communication platforms such as Twitter and Discord is also exciting.
But it is not possible without participation in communities: The Metaverse lives from the community. You have to dare to join virtual communities and participate in events and discussions. This not only allows you to make valuable contacts, but also to benefit from the experiences and tips of others. Oh yes, if you want to meet me, look for my “Raffatar”
Speaking of “Raffatar.” In the metaverse, an avatar represents your own virtual identity. But for this you have to take your time and develop exactly this as carefully as your own profile on LinkedIn. An appearance that reflects one’s own personality is only one possible aspect. An avatar will enable the “virtual me to be”, so that one can express oneself credibly and authentically in the Metaverse world. I work with different avatars, which I call Raffatars, matching my first name. Avatars can be created for example with the software Vuppemaster – VuppetMaster Demo.
5. Be creative and experimental
The Metaverse offers the opportunity to implement creative ideas and discover new ways of presentation and communication. Experimenting with different media formats is part of this, as is creating interactive presentations to get the message across in unique ways.
6. New and exciting
The metaverse is still an emerging technology, and there are many experts and pioneers sharing their knowledge. Workshops, seminars and webinars to learn from the best are important. But to realize the full potential of the Metaverse you also need to develop your own innovative content and applications.