In the 16th of June, a group of project partners from Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences (KUAS), University of Oulu (UO), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Tallinn University (TU) took a tour to the virtual world Second Life.
Second Life is one of the most popular and most populated 3D multiuser virtual worlds, where users control avatars to interact with each other and with various virtual objects. To get started in Second Life, you need only to register at http://secondlife.com/ and download a client, which is free. However, you need to pay if you want to own a piece of land (often called an island) for any project. One of the most interesting facts about Second Life is that almost all the content in the world is built by the users.
The tour started on the “KyAMK MAMK” island (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/KyAMK%20MAMK/) of Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences (KUAS). Matti Strengell (Magel Larkham in Second Life) guided the group through the different locations on the island, including few discussion- and meeting places, a sandbox, underground theater and an underwater auditorium. In addition, some SLOODLE tools were demonstrated.
The tour continued on the “NTNU1” and “NTNU2” islands of the virtual campus of Norwegian University of Science and Technology (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/NTNU/). Ekaterina Prasolova-Førland (Amaritis Miranda in Second Life) and Mikhail Fominykh (Mihail Palace in Second Life) led the group through the authentically reconstructed buildings of the campus and demonstrated the virtual campus infrastructure that includes an auditorium and a workshop with a library of resources and tutorials. In addition, some examples of 3D visualization projects were explored by the group. Examples included student projects on different topics that were made in Second Life in the past years and Virtual Research Arena pavilions presenting research projects.
// Mikhail Fominykh, NTNU, Norway