8. Getting into Second Life

Second Life (known as SL) is a virtual world accessed through your computer. You will need to have a Mac or PC, laptop or desktop, with speakers/headphones/earpods and a mic. Please note that SL does not work on a phone or tablet). You will also need a good connection to the internet. The instructions below describe how to download the ‘viewer’ used to get into SL.

TU Dublin campus in Second Life

Once you have successfully set up your account and logged in to Second Life This link will take you directly to the campus in SL.

To get into Second Life:

  1. Go to the Virtual Ability, Inc website click the ‘Click Here To Get Started’ button.
  2. Follow the simple instructions to set up your avatar. Give it a name that preserves your anonymity.
  3. Go to Firestorm to download the Phoenix viewer.
  4. Select the appropriate operating system and download.
  5. Once the Phoenix Firestorm is downloaded open it and enter your login details. You will find your avatar has landed in Virtual Ability Island where you can learn how Second Life works in a safe and supportive environment.
  6. There is support for Mac and PC computers, along with details of Assistive Technology.
  7. Once you are comfortable moving around and interacting visit the TU Dublin campus in Second Life.
  8. Useful Tip

    You need to have all this done in plenty of time to attend the first class so make sure you don’t leave it to the last minute! You should start at least 3 or 4 days before the module commences.


  1. Hope to partake in the September Module when it kicks off….

  2. The next module will start in early October 2011. Keep an eye out here for full details.

  3. […] Tae and Aichi have been delivering the undergraduate module “Is One Life Enough?” entirely in Second Life for the last three years. The module won the 2010 Jennifer Burke Award for Innovation in Learning & Teaching and has been presented at international conferences in Ireland, France and China. It has attracted students, who attend class from the UK, US in addition to Ireland. You can read more about joining Second LIfe here: https://virtualenvironmentsmodule.wordpress.com/8-getting-into-second-life/ […]

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