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Getting Started with Virtual Worlds at Penn

Getting started with Second Life (SL) can be daunting. But here's some help!

First, create an avatar account. There's more than one way to do that, each with their own advantages.

You can go directly to Linden Labs, creators of SL to create an account. Or, you can create your account with the New Media Consortium. Name selection may be a little clumsier, but you'll enter Second Life for the first time in an environment dedicated to the support of higher education.

Either approach should serve you well.

Second, if you haven't already done so, download the SL software here.

Third, we suggest that members of the Penn user community do a "boot camp" session to learn basic skills in SL and to become familiar with the Penn virtual campus. We schedule these boot camps when we have 4-10 new avatars ready to spend 30-60 minutes learning from an experienced SL user. Contact Deke Kassabian to inquire about boot camp times in the near future.

Fourth, explore! Log into Second Life with your new avatar account and your newly acquired skills and explore the Penn Campus.

Finally, here are some SL resources that you may find helpful:


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