Getting Started in Second Life


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Part 2 of a 2 part series designed to engage health and science academicians with Second Life for teaching and research. Part 2 focuses on necessary skills and streamlining the learning process to become active in Second Life (especially getting through Orientation and Help Islands efficiently).

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Getting Started in Second Life

  1. 1. Getting Started in Second Life Patricia F. Anderson Sharon K. Grayden © 2007 Regents of the University of Michigan. All rights reserved.
  2. 2. Naming Your Avatar <ul><li>You select from a list of last names SL provides </li></ul><ul><li>You choose your first name </li></ul><ul><li>Names are case-sensitive </li></ul><ul><li>Do not use numbers or punctuation in your name </li></ul><ul><li>Think about how you will be nicknamed, and what your initials will be </li></ul><ul><li>Privacy issues-your RL (real life) name vs your SL (second life) name </li></ul>
  3. 3. About Orientation Island <ul><li>First place you land </li></ul><ul><li>Where you learn the basics </li></ul><ul><li>Plan to spend some time here </li></ul>
  4. 4. Orientation Island: The Stars
  5. 5. Orientation Island: Appearance
  6. 6. Orientation Island: Edit Appearance
  7. 7. Orientation Island: Communicating <ul><li>Chatting </li></ul><ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><li>Instant Message </li></ul><ul><li>Gestures </li></ul><ul><li>Voice / First Look </li></ul>
  8. 8. Orientation Island: Communicating: Instant Message & Chat <ul><li>IM: For private or remote conversations </li></ul><ul><li>Chat: For public conversations </li></ul>
  9. 9. Orientation Island: Communicating: Gestures
  10. 10. Orientation Island: Communication <ul><li>Voice is coming </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not as easy to capture transcripts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Captures tonal subtleties and interpretation </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Orientation Island: Walking, flying, driving <ul><li>Practice makes perfect </li></ul>
  12. 12. Orientation Island: Searching
  13. 13. Orientation Island: Searching
  14. 14. Orientation Island: Leaving
  15. 15. About Help Island
  16. 16. Help Island: Freebies & Sandbox & Tutorials, Oh My!
  17. 17. Where is Home? <ul><li>When you leave Help Island … </li></ul><ul><li>… the very first place you land is automatically set to be your “Home”. </li></ul><ul><li>This is true even if it is someone else’s private space. </li></ul><ul><li>You can change the location of your “Home” when you own land or are considered a resident of a sim. </li></ul><ul><li>To change your “Home”, log in, and under the World menu, choose “Set Home to Here”. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Like the Way You Look <ul><li>You don’t always want to look like newbie! </li></ul>Skin, hair, clothes, bling bling . . .
  19. 19. Free Stuff <ul><li>GNUbie Store & Yadni’s </li></ul>
  20. 20. Free Stuff <ul><li>Freebie Dungeon </li></ul><ul><li>Freebie Warehouse </li></ul>
  21. 21. More Places to Get Free Stuff <ul><li>Places: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free Dove - Gallii (115, 58, 32) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Live Action Roleplayers Association - Midge (230, 38, 140) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Landing Spot - Wagaland (110, 120, 31) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FreebieDeeBee (Freebie’s Database) at SLBoutique: </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Freebies: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open SLEdware (Group) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ISTE Idea Library (Place) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SL Boutique (Out-World) </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Unpacking Your Goodies 1 <ul><li>Open inventory. </li></ul><ul><li>Find box of goodies. </li></ul><ul><li>Drag box from inventory onto the ground. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Unpacking Your Goodies 2 <ul><li>Right-click on box, choose “Open” from pop-up menu. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose “Copy to Inventory”. </li></ul><ul><li>Items now appear in your personal inventory as items you may wear. </li></ul><ul><li>Right-click again on the box on the ground, choose “Take.” </li></ul>
  24. 24. Is Anyone Around? Check the Mini-map Oops! Someone is right in front of me, I better not change my clothes here.
  25. 25. Changing Clothes <ul><li>First, find a private place. </li></ul><ul><li>Open inventory. </li></ul><ul><li>Find item you want to wear. </li></ul><ul><li>Then either: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1. Drag item onto your avatar. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2. Right-click on item in the inventory list, and choose “Wear” from the pop-up menu. </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Make Outfit <ul><li>TIP: Take a good look - did you remember your underwear & shoes? </li></ul>
  27. 27. All Finished - New Look
  28. 28. Culture & Community Ethics <ul><li>The BIG 6! </li></ul><ul><li>Intolerance </li></ul><ul><li>Harassment </li></ul><ul><li>Assault </li></ul><ul><li>Disclosure </li></ul><ul><li>Indecency </li></ul><ul><li>Disturbing the Peace </li></ul>
  29. 29. Finding Interesting Groups & Places
  30. 30. Joining Groups
  31. 31. Group Messages
  32. 32. Your Mother Always Warned You <ul><li>Zones: PG, Mature, Damage-enabled </li></ul><ul><li>Griefing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First Say “Please don’t” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Document, take pics, report </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sit Down </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Go Home! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Logout </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Antigriefing tools & tips (vehicles, scripts, etc.) </li></ul>
  33. 33. Stay in Safe Places Until You Are Ready <ul><ul><li>Find safe places: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Search for Shelter </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Search for Refuge </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Search for Safe </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pay attention to the zone rating </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educational & science sims </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries & museums </li></ul></ul>
  34. 34. Lag - It Oughtta Be A 4-Letter Word <ul><li>Just a few tips: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clear cache </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check your hardware to make sure it meets recommended specifications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check client-side preferences (reduce texture and graphic options, turn off audio, increase cache) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Resources: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  35. 35. Teaching? Read the FAQ <ul><li>2.1 What are the rules on ethics and behavior? </li></ul><ul><li>2.2 Who is it for? </li></ul><ul><li>2.3 How does it work? </li></ul><ul><li>2.4 What are the computer hardware and networking requirements? </li></ul><ul><li>2.5 Are there any age restrictions? </li></ul><ul><li>2.6 What does it cost to bring my students and faculty into Second Life? </li></ul><ul><li>2.7 Can I set up a large permanent private classroom in Second Life and restrict access to just my own students and faculty? </li></ul><ul><li>2.8 I participated in the Campus: Second Life program previously, and now I'd love to have additional classes in Second Life! How can I go about setting up another class without buying a private island? </li></ul><ul><li>2.9 How do I connect with other educators currently working on projects in Second Life? </li></ul><ul><li>2.10 Is there a way for students in my class to communicate with each other using voice chat? </li></ul>
  36. 36. Links for “Newbies” <ul><li>Second Life Newbies Tips 2007: </li></ul><ul><li>Hit the Ground Running in Second Life: </li></ul><ul><li>How to Leave Orientation Island: </li></ul><ul><li>Taking on a Second Life: </li></ul>
  37. 37. Outworld Tutorials
  38. 38. Outworld Tutorials <ul><li>Curriculum, Technology & Education Reform (CTER) (UIUC): Second Life Tutorials: </li></ul><ul><li>Robin Wood Second Life Tutorials: </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life Wiki: Torley Linden’s List of Video Tutorials: </li></ul><ul><li>Also, try searching for specific skills in Second Life in Google Video and YouTube. </li></ul>
  39. 39. Inworld Tutorials & Learning Groups <ul><li>Places: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ivory Tower Library of Primitives, Natoma (207, 170, 25) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rockliffe University, Rockcliffe I (198, 87, 40) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Second Life Library, Info Island (184, 105, 33) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TeaZer Isle (218, 40, 300) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Groups: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academy of Second Learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New Citizens Inc. </li></ul></ul>
  40. 40. Most Important Tip! Find a Friend (or Several) <ul><li>Thanks from Lexi to my friends who answered questions, were generous with tips (functional & teaching), shared animations / clothes / landmarks / etc., and otherwise helped me learn about Second Life: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Marisa Naheed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Desideria Stockton </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eloise Pasteur </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>JJ Drinkwater </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Max Chatnoir </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prijian Toland </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shoshana Epsilon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cyndi Uriza </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dreamingen Writer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eloise Pasteur </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Geoelder Clary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hodjazz Edman </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jokay Wollangong </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lludmila Mirrikh </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Memetic Projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ollie Kubrick </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sinitta Shepherd </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thumbs Beck </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thursday Xu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Zazen Manbi </li></ul></ul>
  41. 41. Getting Started in Second Life <ul><li>Perplexity Peccable </li></ul><ul><li>(Patricia F. Anderson) </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Vitesse Vella </li></ul><ul><li>(Sharon K. Grayden) </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>© 2007 Regents of the University of Michigan. All rights reserved.
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