Exploring the virtual classroom

Online education and the metaverse

Getting Started with Virtual Worlds

There are many virtual worlds, and most are free and open to the public.  See this post for an overview of the “metaverse.” To enter these worlds you need to register as a member and download a special viewer, which looks much like your Firefox or Internet Explorer browser.

SECOND LIFE

OPEN SIMULATOR

A large number of independent virtual worlds are run through Open Simulator.  If you have checked to see your computer can run Second Life (see above) it should be able to run in Open Simulator.

The many virtual worlds found through Open Simulator are listed here. To register in one of these worlds, you must click on the name of the world; an information page opens, giving the web address for the registration page.  Notice that it also gives you the URI numbers, the address of the

The Second Life viewer will not work with Open Simulator. Most people recommend the Imprudence or Firestorm viewers. I demonstrate this below, using my favourite grid, Jokaydia.

  • Clicking on “JokaydiaGrid” brings up the information page.  I use the web address to sign up as a Jokaydia resident:  http://jokaydia.metaverseworlds.com/welcome/
  • I open the Imprudence viewer that I’ve just downloaded, and find Jokaydia in the Grid Manager.  If there are any problems, I can check the URI and other information on the Open Simulator page.
  • Then I log in.  The map tab at the bottom of the screen opens a world map  to explore Jokaydia; I can just double-click to go somewhere.  However, on this first trip, I’ll just stay close to the orientation area until I get my sealegs.  Open the map and enter the coordinates to find all kinds of free virtual goods (Scooter 109, 163, 22).

OTHER VIRTUAL WORLDS

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