Developed in collaboration with Laval Virtual, NEOMA Business School becomes the first European school to set up a 100% virtual campus. The creation of the digital campus is a step towards establishing and giving a real campus experience along with ensuring an on par academic learning environment.
Dean of NEOMA Business School Delphine Manceau said that classes on Zoom cannot offer the same experience as in-class courses. The new virtual campus would pave the way for a blend of both digital and traditional form of learning.
The new personalised avatar would allow students to get the feel of a real campus and after connecting, they can find themselves in a virtual classroom to take their courses, attend a conference and meet with their class/workgroup. In addition, students can also access the entire college ecosystem including the Wellness Centre, library, incubators, Talent & Career centre, and more. The same will be available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
Director of the institute’s Digital Transformation Alain Goudey said that the new avatar helps do away with the tiring aspects of videoconferencing. One can open a door, sit down, raise their hand, play football, amongst other things. These features contribute to making the learning experience natural as well as fun. Initially introduced for international students who were unable to be on campus due to the Covid-19 crisis, the virtual campus would soon be expanded for everyone.
Further, Goudey also highlighted that the school would be working closely with Laval Virtual to enable more meeting and discussion opportunities between the students, professors, staff and the industry.
The virtual campus would also help connect students with the tech industry, entrepreneurs, research laboratories and members of Laval Virtual.