One of the largest public universities in the US by enrollment may plan to launch virtual classrooms in the metaverse in the future.

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According to records filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, or USPTO, on June 7 and 8, the Arizona Board of Regents on behalf of Arizona State University filed seven applications for variations of its name – ASU, Arizona State, Arizona State University – as well as the name of its Sun Devils football team for use in a virtual environment. Trademark applications included the name of the university, and the Sun Devils pitchfork symbol and logo for use in a “virtual environment where users can interact for recreational, recreational or recreational purposes” as well as educational purposes.

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In the fall semester of 2021 ASU informed 77,881 students were enrolled on physical campuses in US states, and 57,848 people took part in the “digital immersion”. It is not clear if the university’s potential move into the metaverse was due to over 42% of enrolled students taking online courses. ASU Senior Director of Strategic Learning and Program Mobilization Casey Evans said Digital immersion coursework has been “the best tool for schools to allow students to continue learning during this time of physical separation,” likely referring to the ongoing pandemic.

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The trademark filings also suggest that ASU may be exploring the use of non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, to authenticate many documents, from diplomas to tickets to university events. ASU has previously used blockchain technology for various purposes at the university, including tracking the spread of the COVID-19 infection in November 2020 and sharing data from its students’ academic records in 2019.

Other universities have come up with similar meta transition initiatives in 2022. In May, Cryptooshala reported that the University of São Paulo plans to conduct a study on the effectiveness of virtual and augmented reality devices, as well as how their use can affect human behavior.