Ready Player One, Enter the Metaverse Here! This course will introduce students to a new world, the metaverse. We will consume texts and media from different genres to highlight the use of virtual reality across various disciplines. Using fiction (Ready Player One), movies (The Matrix), and scientific/popular articles we will bring to light how the metaverse plays a role in our personal and professional lives. We will also discuss issues and roadblocks that may arise with consumption of virtual content. Discussing the metaverse would not be complete without diving into the virtual world using Meta Quest 2 headsets. We will explore preplanned 3D games and experiences and conduct research using a virtual reality platform. Lastly, we will create virtual content using a 360 degree camera. "You take the blue pill... the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill... you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes" - Morpheus (The Matrix)
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