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  1. 1. Living in a Virtual World in Second Life Shane Baptista Computing Consultant Center for Teaching Excellence Anne Pemberton Instructional Services Coordinator Randall Library
  2. 2. What is Second Life? <ul><li>“ Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its Residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited by a total of 9,478,857 Residents from around the globe.” </li></ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul>
  3. 3. Where Did It Come From? <ul><li>Linden Lab ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Founded in 1999 by Philip Rosedale </li></ul><ul><li>Vision and Mission: “To connect us all to an online world that advances the human condition.” </li></ul><ul><li>Based in San Francisco </li></ul><ul><li>200 employees worldwide </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Second Life: Get One </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Ohio University </li></ul>
  5. 5. What Can You Do in SL? <ul><li>Explore </li></ul><ul><li>Meet People </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chat (IM) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk (Voice now available) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make groups </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Buy (Linden $) </li></ul><ul><li>Build (Shane) </li></ul>
  6. 6. System Requirements <ul><li>Internet Connection*: Cable or DSL </li></ul><ul><li>Operating System: Windows XP (Service Pack 2) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OR Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NOTE: Second Life does NOT currently support Windows Vista </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Processor: 800MHz Pentium III or Athlon, or better </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Memory: 256MB or better </li></ul><ul><li>Video/Graphics Card**: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>nVidia GeForce 2, GeForce 4mx, or better </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OR ATI Radeon 8500, 9250, or better </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Population (as of 9/13/07) <ul><li>Residents Logged-In During Last 7 Days 464,653 </li></ul><ul><li>Residents Logged-In During Last 14 Days 637,715 </li></ul><ul><li>Residents Logged-In During Last 30 Days 977,547 </li></ul><ul><li>Residents Logged-In During Last 60 Days 1,540,605 </li></ul><ul><li>Total Residents 9,476,089 </li></ul>
  8. 8. Is It Free? <ul><li>Yes and No </li></ul><ul><li>Free to create an Avatar and explore (Basic Membership) </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of “freebies” available </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hair, skin, clothes, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Is It Free? <ul><li>Want to buy land? A house? (Premium membership) </li></ul><ul><li>250 - 320 Linden $ = 1 US $ </li></ul><ul><li>Make money (Surveys, “camping,” greeter, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Over $1 million US typically spent in a 24 hour period </li></ul>
  10. 11. What Will YOU Do There? <ul><li>Personal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore! Have fun! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Professional </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Find out what other faculty are doing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have virtual office hours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have a class meet there </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have your students explore </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Institutions in Second Life <ul><li>Harvard University </li></ul><ul><li>New York University </li></ul><ul><li>San Diego State University </li></ul><ul><li>Stanford University </li></ul><ul><li>Texas State University </li></ul><ul><li>Top 20 Educational Locations </li></ul>
  12. 13. Learning Spaces
  13. 14. Re-Think Learning Spaces <ul><li>Do you really need a building or chairs when you can meet on top of a mountain or discuss a topic while swimming in a lake? </li></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul>
  14. 15. Campus: Second Life Program <ul><li>Use of 1 acre of land in Second Life completely free for the duration of your class </li></ul><ul><li>Allows you to try out Second Life with your class for the first time at no cost </li></ul><ul><li>You will have the land for a single semester (e.g., Fall or Spring). After that semester is over, plot is reclaimed </li></ul>
  15. 16. Campus: Second Life Program <ul><li>Accepting applications for the Spring 2008 academic semester </li></ul><ul><li>Deadline to apply is 12/31/07 </li></ul><ul><li>You will be informed of decision by 1/5/08 </li></ul><ul><li>If you are looking for temporary land for your class, you might try posting on the SLED list to see if any other educators in Second Life might be able to help you </li></ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul>
  16. 17. Private Islands <ul><li>Provide ability to create secure &quot;intranet&quot; spaces with restricted membership for your students and you, or you can open it up to be accessible to everyone in Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>50% discount for Private Islands to educational institutions and non-profit organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Islands are priced at US $1,675 for 65,536 square meters (about 16 acres) </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly land fees for maintenance are US $295 (also eligible for 50% discount) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  17. 18. Higher Ed Discussion <ul><li>http:// / </li></ul><ul><li> (Password: uncw) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul>
  18. 19. Getting Started <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Create an Avatar </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First name can be anything you want </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You will not use your “first life” last name </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You can be anyone or anything you want! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Male/female, human/animal, robot </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You’ll learn how to change appearance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>First stop: Orientation Island </li></ul>
  19. 20. First Life: Anne Pemberton Second Life: Kirstie Merlin
  20. 21. First Life: Anne Pemberton Second Life: Brooke Timeless
  21. 22. Building
  22. 23. Getting Help <ul><li>Video Tutorials </li></ul><ul><li>Building Tutorial </li></ul><ul><li>Help Island </li></ul><ul><li>Ask Residents! </li></ul>
  23. 24. Have to See to Believe <ul><li>Machinima (making movies in Second Life) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// / </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul></ul>
  24. 25. Libraries In Second Life