One of my main inworld goals is to explore educational opportunities in Second Life for college students and personnel. So I was pleased to hear about the Virtual State Fair and University Expo in Second Life (26-29 October), organized by the Cooperative Extension System. The University Expo tent featured the works of 15 land-grant universities. I went there twice this weekend and picked up notecards and landmarks for university SL regions that I might not have discovered otherwise.
North Carolina State’s SL island, called NC State Wolflands, was among the exhibits. I chose to visit it first because my best real life friend recently retired from university life and moved back to North Carolina, her home state. I really miss her and have this fantasy that she’ll join me in SL when she catches these glimpse of how very cool Wolflands is :^).
The notecard I received at the teleport landing said this about Wolflands: “When building our Second Life® campus, we tried to make a futuristic example of the actual NC State campus. You may recognize some landmarks like the Memorial Bell Tower, the Brickyard, and Harrelson Hall. You may also notice that they look a little different. That’s the point! Wolflands is meant to stretch the boundaries of real life.”
By watching “Wolflands Tour,” a 5-minute YouTube video by an NC State librarian, I learned that each real life NC State college (e.g., Design, Education, Engineering, Management) has a space on the island for faculty and students. Like the librarian, I toured the campus in the Wolfline flying pod. The photos I took in flight didn’t turn out all that well; the photos in this blog are from my non-pod explorations, but still fuzzy, alas.
While I did enjoy the Wolfline tour, walking about and using teleport boards revealed the places I liked the best: Bookhenge, an outdoor setting for book discussions; and the five asteroids above the island, suitable for seminars, small classes, meetings, and even meditation (no one was on the island when I visited).
I’ve become fascinated with the representation of trees on many university islands – and Wolflands has some super ones. I took quite a few photos of trees there and, to conclude this entry, share two with you.