The past few months have been a mixed bag for the few of us from USA working in SL and other virtual worlds. With the loss of Jaguarland, yours truly had to regroup and decide whether or not to keep up the tours and the groups, etc. Through lurking and semi-participating through various MOOCs hosted by the VWBPE crew and getting an almost nightly dose of “edugamer fiero!” from Cog Dis (the *huge* educators’ guild in World of Warcraft), my belief in using virtual worlds and gaming as learning platforms has been revived.
With that, I’ve created a new home location for anyone in Jag Islanders. Our new “Jag Islander Outpost” is in Oxbridge Village, right near the Oxbridge tutorial. The Oxbridge sandbox is in the same sim (it’s up in the sky, so you’ll need to fly if you don’t have the landmark). We’re also situated right on the water, under Caledon Steam Sky City, the aetheric floating steampunk area. We’re also near the Oxbridge Village town green, where lots of Oxbridge students relax and “meet and greet”. So there are plenty of things to see and do. The building itself has a couple of small group meeting areas. Outside, there is a dock for virtual fishing or if someone wants to explore the waterways of Caledon, there’s a boat rezzer, complete with oar giver. Anyone in the Jag Islander group can set their home to this location too! The slurl to the new location is: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Caledon%20Oxbridge%20Village/80/220/26 . A notecard giver just inside the door will provide the landmarks to the Oxbridge tutorial, sandbox, etc.
The new Jag Islander Outpost
View from the Outpost dock
(underbelly of Steam SkyCity as well as the A-Maze-ing Steampunk Castle in the distance)
To kick off the latest round of tours, we’ll be heading to the Arkansas State University sims this week. ASU has five sims, much of which house their efforts in virtual heritage preservation of the small Arkansas towns and architecture of the mid-1800s to mid-1900s. Their latest addition is parts of the small town of Dyess, AR, including a replica of the childhood home of country legend Johnny Cash. We’ll meet at the new Jag Islander Outpost (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Caledon%20Oxbridge%20Village/80/220/26) on Thursday, August 23rd at 6 pm central (4pm slt) and head out to the ASU Heritage sims. Hope to see you inworld!
Virtual replica of Johnny Cash’s childhood home–Dyess, AR
Southern Tenant Farmers Museum