There.com, an alternative to Second Life

In a previous post, I was exploring Second Life and its use in law schools, found out that it is blocked here at Albany Law.

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While reading this issue of Campus Technology, I discovered There.com:

There.com (Makena Technologies), which boasts about 750,000 members worldwide, is “an immersive 3D environment.” But of all the virtual worlds, There  is the most user-friendly, and even New York Law School holds classes within it.

So I dowloaded the software, created an Avatar (I’m DSC59 in There and Evelyn Shabazz in SL) and it works so far.

Currently, New York Law School cosponsors an offshoot of There.com: the State of Play Academy, or SOPA, an entire academy built in a virtual world. Users can take courses in patent law, copyright law, virtual world law, and municipal WiFi policy, among others. The classes are scheduled at a wide variety of times; law professors, journalists, and technologists line up to teach them.”

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I enrolled in the State of Play Academy and found a large selection of papers, conversations and how-to’s offered this semester related to law and technology.

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2 Responses to There.com, an alternative to Second Life

  1. Michael Garrett says:

    Interesting… I am a Second Life user, but I had never heard of There.com until a couple weeks ago.

  2. I have logged in to There in order to visit SOPA (covered on Virtually Blind a couple of time this past week, actually) and really hate the interface, tools, and frankly, just about everything about it. Second Life has a steeper learning curve, but it’s infinitely more rewarding in the long run. There feels like a toy to me.

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