Jaguarland

University of South Alabama’s Virtual Campus in Second Life

Jaguarland II closed its doors in May 2014. Between the two stints in Second Life, USA had a virtual campus for 4 years.


Teal Life Foundation

TLF in SL

TLF in SL

The Teal Life Foundation is new to Second Life (as of November 2013).  TLF is a non-profit organization that strives to help women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer get the support and care they need.  Currently, the Second Life headquarters are located in the aetheric sector of Caledon Steam SkyCity.  An application has been filed to open a second office in Non-Profit Commons.


Aether Education and Travel

Aether Education and Travel is now open in Second Life in Caledon (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Caledon/183/146/23) right behind the Welcome Center as well as on the Jaguarland Campus in the LoDa Classroom area.
Both locations feature pictures from various tours as well as tour notecards for visitors to take self-guided tours.  There is also a survey for visitors to give feedback on their experiences with virtual tourism.  Future plans include a library with information on topics of virtual tourism in Second Life as well as other virtual environments.
Aether at Jaguarland
Aether Education at Jaguarland

Blavatsky Memorial Library at Adocentyn

On May 1, 2009, the Blavatsky Memorial Library at Adocentyn Tower opened.
The library, nestled on the southern Caledon Wellsian coastline in Second Life, is home to the virtual Victorian Spiritualism collection for the Caledon Library.  As of April 2010, the Blavatsky collection houses over 275 aetheric full-text volumes on a multitude of topics related to Victorian spiritualism and the occult.
The build is a modified TreeStone Tower by Carrah Rossini. It features a private, meditation pyramid at it’s peak (accessible only through teleporter), an open reading room area with tables and seating, a large conference/classroom, a meditation pool, a shrub garden “maze,” and an underground labyrinth which connects via tunnels to surrounding sims.
As of December 2011, the library is moving to Caledon Speirling–same stacks, spookier location.  Pictures to follow! ~SW
HP_Blavatsky_Library_at_Adocentyn
H.P. Blavatsky Memorial Library at Adocentyn
(now moved to a smaller location in Speirling)
The Blavatsky Memorial Library “in the news”…

Titles and Roles

Second Life

A huge part of Second Life is the community building and collaborative learning experience.  Over the past 3 years, I’ve come to hold/earn several titles and roles with various responsibilities involved within multiple communities.

“Work” Titles–

  • Estate Manager for Jaguarland, University of South Alabama
  • Global Estate Manager for the Independent State of Caledon
  • Caretaker for Teal Life Foundation in Second Life
  • Global Estate Manager for the Steampunk Nation of Steeltopia (currently off-grid)
  • Builder for EdTech Island (mainly for the 2012 SITE conference)

As part of being curatrix of inworld libraries–

  • Esquire d’Argent, Order of the Library Militant

Educational Outreach “fun” titles–

  • Oxbridge Professor
  • “Tour Goddess” for Oxbridge, Jaguarland, SITE 2012, VWBPE12
  • Producer of KBWM Radio–“Professor of BewmU”

Honorary Titles–

  • Duchess of Caledon Sound
  • Duchess of Caledon Speirling (Marquisse of East and West Speirling)
  • Duchess of Caledon Middlesea
  • Duchess of Caledon Wellsian
  • Miss Caledon (as part of the Relay for Life 2010 fundraising effort)
  • Caledon Regent (“peacekeeper” for the Caledon micro-nation)

 

Role play and storytelling positions–

  • Miss Kitty of the Caledon Catgirl Brigade
  • Captain of Intel (Teal Squad) Crimson Pirates


JokaydiaGrid

As part of the tour schedule during and immediately after the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference in 2012, I was thrilled to be introduced to the tight educational community within JokaydiaGrid and recently (as of April 2012), have begun working with some sims there.

“Work” Titles–

  • Estate Manager for Aether Isle
  • Estate Manager for Steeltopia

Educational Outreach “fun” titles–

  • Tour Goddess/Guide for Aether Education and Aether Isle

Role play and storytelling positions–

  • Architect and Preserver Defender of New Steeltopia


World of Warcraft

Educators’ Guilds–

  • Member (Associate Level) of Cognitive Dissonance–Alliance–Sisters of Ellune US server
  • Member of Inevitable Betrayal–Horde–Sisters of Ellune US server