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A tour of the abandoned college campuses of Second Life
Once upon a time, in the year 2007, people were really excited about Second Life.
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Rita J. King 14 Aug 18
Replying to @farman @anthonydever
Love the idea but since I remember the spirit of that development and how it was used and explored, I find the story as flat and unimaginative as its author finds the abandoned campuses.
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Jason Farman 14 Aug 18
Yes, point well taken! That said, the spirit of development did largely ignore what made the physical classroom a compelling space for learning. People at Linden often ignored what was lost in the medium, arguing that all of the important elements of teaching could be ported over
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Rita J. King 14 Aug 18
Replying to @farman @anthonydever
I agree, in part. I was working in Second Life back then (with many different clients such as IBM and universities) and we built some incredible things and experienced incredible things others built.
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Sarah Permoda 14 Aug 18
Replying to @farman @adr
Second Life is still around?
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Jason Farman 14 Aug 18
Replying to @spermoda @adr
It is, and I heard that they're heading onto the Oculus.
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Sarah Permoda 14 Aug 18
Replying to @farman @adr
Hmmm VR Second Life. . . I dunno about that one
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Chanclas 14 Aug 18
Replying to @farman
Nice and creepy at the same time. Thanks!!!
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Marti Canipe 14 Aug 18
Possible explanation for the pirate ship is that East Carolina ‘s mascot is a pirate.
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Dan | Dan_The_Noob 15 Aug 18
Replying to @farman @dannyodwyer
There are so many.
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🧱House🏳️‍🌈 15 Aug 18
Replying to @farman @mseangallagher
I was a student in one of the uni worlds not mentioned. It was fun, vaguely uncanny valley, and just seemed like it could be so much more but nobody could figure out how. Better graphics would definitely have helped. The funniest part was avatars air-typing during chats...
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David Parisi 15 Aug 18
Replying to @farman
Awesome...using this when we tour SL in my class this semester
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Sarah Dyson 15 Aug 18
Replying to @farman @lynnemthomas
I thought this concept was a great idea. What happened to it? Why is it abandoned now?
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Lynne M. Thomas🏳️‍🌈🦄🚀 15 Aug 18
If I had to guess, from a library perspective: lack of sustainable resources. Money/staff moved on to other projects, wasn't renewed.
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Brandon Telg 15 Aug 18
Replying to @farman
😂😂😂 = me every time i think about how much universities and corporations invested in Second Life infrastructure
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Jeff Ermoian 15 Aug 18
Replying to @farman
Texas State Technical College tried this too during my tenure there. I was invited to develop courses but decided I barely had enough time for the folks physically showing up. We were already mandated to convert all coursework to a DL version then.
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Wagner James Au 15 Aug 18
Replying to @RitaJKing @farman and 2 others
And this is some lazy ass snark. 's tour of Second Life campuses somehow missed an obscure little New England college called Harvard. (It's still in Second Life to this day & seems somewhat active.)
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Rita J. King 15 Aug 18
Replying to @slhamlet @farman and 2 others
Also misses the imagination that filled those spaces.
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