Lethbridge College Teams Up With Liquid Avatar Technologies To Create A Virtual Campus In The Metaverse

Today, Lethbridge College’s Centre for Technology, Environment and Design (CTED) announced that it is partnering with Liquid Avatar Technologies Inc., a publicly traded global blockchain and fintech solutions company, to launch a first of its kind work-integrated learning opportunity for students. Liquid Avatar Technologies is providing 9,000 plots of land within its Aftermath Islands Metaverse – a network of spaces where users can create a virtual world parallel to their physical one. Students will begin engaging in the new program and mentorship opportunities by the end of the winter 2022 semester.

Collectively named Lethbridge College Island, on Aftermath Islands, Lethbridge students will learn how to work, play, learn, game, entertain and earn in the metaverse. In addition to the virtual land, up to 100,000 in-game currency credits are being made available to the college. Those credits can be used to build, buy and trade assets like additional property, objects, landscape items and even avatars.

Students in Interior Design Technology, Virtual and Augmented Reality and Architectural Animation Technology programs will “build” on the virtual island – creating structures and businesses and completing transactions. Each student will receive a plot of virtual land. The plot and all the assets they create for it will remain their property for as long as they choose.  The college will also have a significant parcel of virtual land to provide students with virtual events, learning and other services.

CTED students will have hands-on opportunities to build out Lethbridge College Island by working closely with experts in the field, as well as faculty, who will mentor them in the development of the property. 

Established in 1957 as Canada’s first publicly funded community college, Lethbridge College is a board-governed institution serving the training and applied research needs of southern Alberta. As we approach our 65th anniversary, we look to the horizon and recognize the need to address our growing populations of learners, and to facilitate innovation and new opportunities. We will continue to build on our successes and stay in tune with the changing world of technology and sustainability.  

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