Serge Goldstein from Princeton starts out talking about Second Life by noting that Second Life has outages every Wednesday morning from 9-11 which may be great timing for online sex, but not for academia. He goes on to point to an article in the Princeton student paper where students are complaining that they don’t want their academic experience put into Second Life – they want it in their first life.
The New Media Center consortium has purchased a continent in Second Life and helps member institutions build islands. Princeton built some buildings that replicate real campus spaces and others that are new, fanciful structures. Serge notes that you can render 3d environments in very compelling ways in Second Life.
Second Life now supports sound in addition to text.
There are faculty who are interested in various simulations and interaction spaces in Second Life.