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Get Started

Teaching in Second Life is Easy

In just a few minutes, you can join Second Life, create your own avatar, and start learning and collaborating without ever leaving your desk. And, here’s the best part: It’s free


Get Started

  • Try Second Life
  • Bring Your Class into SL
  • Buy Land and Build a Campus
  • Get Help from a Solution Provider

Hundreds of colleges, universities and organizations have created learning immersive learning environments and communities in Second Life. Many educators are committed to helping each other learn how to maximize participation. Whether your group is looking to develop new space from the ground up or explore existing content, we recommend following that you check out the Resources section of this website to learn the basics and find collaborators and resources to get you started.

Whether you're new to Second Life, interested in bringing your class into Second Life for an inworld field trip, or building an inworld campus, we have the information to help you get going. And, you're also welcome to contact us directly and we can answer your questions directly.

It’s Time to Try Second Life for Learning

We understand that working in Second Life, or any virtual world, is a new experience for most organizations. So, we’re here to make it as easy as possible. Here’s the step-by-step guide to help you get started.

  1. Confirm Access to Second Life
    Many organizations have strict firewall policies that prevent Second Life from running on enterprise or government computers. As a first step, you should contact your IT department and find out whether your firewall will accept a UDP protocol. If not, then we encourage you to work with your technology team to authorize the Second Life stream into your network. If they have questions about Second Life security, point them to this article on security in Second Life.

    Additionally, Second Life runs best on newer computers with advanced graphics cards. To learn more about specific system requirements, click here.

  2. Join Second Life
    It’s simple and free. Just go to the Join Now page and register. You’ll need to choose a standard avatar, an inworld name, and provide basic contact information so that we can confirm your registration by email.

  3. Download the Second Life Viewer
    The Second Life Viewer is a small piece of software that is your window into Second Life. You can think of it like your supercharged browser for a 3D environment.

  4. Plug in Your Headset
    Second Life supports both text chat and spatial voice. So, if you have a headset with a microphone, go ahead and plug it into your computer before you login. Of course, Second Life works just fine if you don’t have a headset, but working in Second Life is a much richer, more effective experience when you can and your colleagues can talk to one another.

  5. Login and Begin on Welcome Island
    When you enter Second Life for the first time, you land on Welcome Island, or an orientation experience. Since this is your first time inworld, understand that it will look and feel unfamiliar to you. You will notice a few things—that you have an avatar and that you might be confused about what to do next. Follow the simple activities on Welcome Island, which are designed to help you get started.

  6. Design Your Avatar
    An avatar is a virtual representation of you. Using your basic avatar that you chose during registration as a starting point—you can then change nearly every element of your appearance from body size to hair color to clothing. To learn more about how to customize your avatar, click here. Once you become more familiar with Second Life, you can also purchase new skins, clothes, and accessories to continue to personalize your inworld appearance.

  7. Learn how to Operate Second Life
    Getting started in Second Life can be challenging at first, but we’ve created an easy Quick Start Guide to get you ready to work quickly. Additionally, the best and most current resource for beginners to Second Life is in the Support section.

  8. Attend an event in SL
    Learn about business use.

  9. Create Your Workspace
    Now that you’re comfortable with the Second Life environment, you’re probably interested in how your organization can work in Second Life to hold meetings or events, training sessions, or create 3D simulations or prototypes. At Linden Lab, the creators of Second Life, we are creating a series of customized entry-level solutions to meet your needs. In the meantime, we offer you two choices: either you can create your own workspace or you can partner with a Solution Provider to create one for you.

We Can Help

We’re always here if you have any questions or would like advice, recommendations, or support.

Customers are Saying
"You can read about a tsunami in a textbook or you can experience one in a virtual world; I believe that experience has a greater impact."

— Eric Hackathorn, NOAA”s Virtual Worlds Program Manager


For more information, contact Linden Lab at business@secondlife.com.