USMP’s Introduction to Second Life 2nd Edition

In April, I followed the Lab’s lead in reporting on a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) designed to help Spanish-speaking educators in the use of Second Life as a starting point in their interaction with emerging and innovative environments that can be used for education.

Professor Max Ugaz, UMSP
Professor Max Ugaz, UMSP

Since that time, and as the Lab again reports, the course has been improved and updated, and a new session is set to start on Monday September 29th. The course has been developed by the Universidad de San Martín de Porres (USMP), located in Santa Anita, Lima, Perú, under by the university’s Project Director of Virtual Worlds, Professor Max Ugaz. The course will comprise three week-long modules with a total of 17 lessons and an average workload of around 5 or 6 hours per week.Details on the course, together with a registration form for interested parties, are available the university’s website, which includes an introductory video for the course (in Spanish). The course will take place at one of the USMP’s teaching areas in Second Life, commencing on Monday September 29th, as noted. As my own Spanish is poor to non-existent, I’ve taken the liberty or reproducing the Spanish portion of the Lab’s blog post below:

l Proyecto en Mundos Virtuales de la Universidad de San Martín de Porres de Perú, inicia este 29 de setiembre la segunda edición del curso en la modalidad MOOC (Curso Masivo Abierto En línea) titulado “Introducción a Second Life para Educadores 2da. Ed.”. El curso es gratuito y está diseñado para capacitar a educadores y público en general de habla hispana en el uso del mundo virtual Second Life, a fin de ofrecer conocimiento que permita desempeñarse en este entorno y aprovechar su potencial, especialmente en el ámbito educativo.

 Si tú o alguien que tú conoces pueden beneficiarse de un curso como éste, pueden acceder al vídeo de introducción y registrarse en la página web. Inicio: 29 de Set.

Además se puede visitar la sede del curso dentro del mundo virtual desde nuestra Guía de Destinos.

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Taking delight with square pegs in round holes

Square Pegs in Round Holes, Kashmir Dreams; Inara Pey, September 2014, on FlickrSquare Pegs in Round Holes, Kashmir Dreams (Flickr)

Square Pegs in Round Holes is a fairly new region to open its doors to the public, offering “a place to explore and while away time”. A homestead region (Kashmir Dreams), it is the work of Rwah Resident, whom some may know through her stunning photographic blog and Flickr stream. It  is a sheer delight to explore, comprising a set of low-lying islands, most connected by a series of stone bridges, and a trio of tall needles of rock, also connected to one another by stone spans. A broad channel of water separates the two.

The build offers two suggested windlight settings, Bryn Oh’s Immersiva Grey Dust, which offers a darkly atmospheric look and feel to the region, or Bree’s appleblossom for a brighter, more sunny aspect to the day. However, the fact is that the design lends itself to a wide range of windlights and is somewhere in which SL photographers are likely going to want to experiment with a wide range of lighting options and settings – as I found myself doing.

Square Pegs in Round Holes, Kashmir Dreams; Inara Pey, September 2014, on FlickrSquare Pegs in Round Holes, Kashmir Dreams (Flickr)

The landing point is located on the largest of the low-lying islands, where a welcoming note card is offered. Here one will find an old church and cemetery, that latter apparently last used in 1931.  The church has passed beyond its original purpose, and among other things, now provides  information on the  artists who have some of their work on display within the region, presents opportunities to join the region’s group and / or find out more about the region, and offers a corner to sit and chill with friends. I do recommend a visit inside.

Beyond the church sits a small café, again offering a place to meet, sit and chat, with seating areas inside, out the back and down on the water below.  The bridges allow the visitor to island-hop across a couple of small rocky outcrops standing above the waves to reach the second largest of the islands, which offers a sandy beach backed by rugged outcrops of grey rock. A gap through the latter will lead the way to the region’s art gallery.

Square Pegs in Round Holes, Kashmir Dreams; Inara Pey, September 2014, on FlickrSquare Pegs in Round Holes, Kashmir Dreams (Flickr)

To reach the tall needles of rock across the region, one can either fly or use one of the Seven Emporium Time Traveller teleport system trunks which can be found at each of the major locations around the region. There is a low-lying promontory beneath the last of the needles, which, together with the final small island right off to one side of the region, is probably best reached by either flying or via the row-boat available from down below the café on the main island. Both the promontory and the little island offer further places to sit and relax – the former complete with coffee and cakes!

“As some might know I have a love for buildings, houses etc., in Second Life,” Rwah says of the her reasons for creating Square Pegs in Round Holes. “My first ever build was the coastal loft from {what next}. My second build the NY apartment by Apple Fall and my third a build by Scarlet Creative. An addiction was born.

“Since I only lived on a sky platform with a minimum amount of prims most of the times, builds were rezzed, admired, drooled over and derezzed again.” Square Pegs in Round Holes gives her the opportunity to do more, and to share her eclectic collection of buildings with others – which is why she warns that the region is liable to be an ever-changing collection of buildings. However, and as she also makes clear, all are welcome to explore and photograph – but are asked to respect the rules.

Square Pegs in Round Holes, Kashmir Dreams; Inara Pey, September 2014, on FlickrSquare Pegs in Round Holes, Kashmir Dreams (Flickr)

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My thanks to Morganacarter Resident for pointing me to Square Pegs in Round Holes.