Starting out in Second Life
Second Life is a virtual world in which almost any situation can be created and experienced. Many education-related spaces now exist, including the University of Leicester's Virtual Genetics Lab (created for the SWIFT project).
This is a general guide to setting up, and learning the basics of, Second Life, sufficient to allow you to visit any educational spaces in Second Life, including the Virtual Genetics Lab.
The guide shows you where to register for a (free) Second Life account, how to run the software and where to practice the basics of interacting in the virtual world. The process usually takes between 30 minutes and an hour.
You need to do the following:
1) Register for a free account. You can do this on any computer at the website: https://join.secondlife.com/
(If you already have a second life avatar go straight to step 2).
After registering, you will be sent a confirmation email that you have to open and follow before you can log in to your new account.
Please make a note of your Username and Password as you will need it every time you use Second Life.
You can not install the Second Life software onto the University campus computers, so you will only be able to use if from your own computer at home.
2) If you have a broadband connection and computer running Windows, OS X or Linux, you can download and install the free Second Life browser from:http://secondlife.com/support/downloads/
3) Start the Second Life browser. You will see a login screen. Fill in the username and password you registered with, but do not press return at this stage!
Copy and paste the following into the "Start At" box: Media Zoo/74/122/32
4) You are now in our Second Life training area (it should look like this; if it looks like a completely different place then log out and try again after 10 minutes or so, making sure you put Media Zoo/74/122/32 in the Location box).
The character in front of you represents yourself. Use the arrow keys (or the letters A, D, W and S) to move around. Follow the instructions on the notice in front of you.
Please walk around the maze, completing all the tasks in order.
That's it! You're now all ready to explore. If you have a web address starting "slurl" or "maps.secondlife", just click on that, it should offer "Teleport" within Second Life - click on that to take you to the area.
To get to the Virtual genetics Lab, you should use this:
or simply follow the red arrows from the training area to the lab. Just outside the lab (the one with a grey floor) are notices explaining how to install the HUD and how to use the equipment.