UPDATE, May 2016: I used Second Life for about a year, then let my account go dormant. Why? I simply didn’t have the time, plus my past employer nor my current clients needed services using SL. I enjoyed creating JayCee Galicia, and I liked learning how to navigate in SL. Now, I’m more dedicated to navigating and networking IRL. Enjoy the post!
RL Jenise Morphs into SL JayCee Galicia!
On 22 June 2008, I was born in Second Life. For the newbies out there, “RL” means Real Life and “SL” stands for Second Life. My avatar’s name is JayCee Galicia. JayCee, obviously, for my initials in RL, and Galicia from the list of 20 SL last names made available to me when I registered. Why did I choose Galicia? Well, it’s my favorite province in Spain. And, that’s another story for another post.
So, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you (drum roll….): JayCee Galicia!
The first Group I joined was the ASTD Forum, established by the American Society for Training and Development (now Association for Talent Development, 5/2016) Unfortunately, they get together during lunch hour Pacific Time, and I’m at work with no computer access to Second Life. One day, I may bring my laptop and go to Starbucks, or some place where I can WiFi into the ASTD Forum at noon to meet the Forum members.
Here’s JayCee Galicia in SL’s Welcome Island, the first sim a newly born avatar awakes in after registration and login are successful.
The blond avatar to the right mentored me through my first hour. He and his wife have a lovely sim that is now my home base. They are from British Columbia, Canada, and they run a business in Second Life:
Paektu 23, 117, 91 (Mature)
A Stained Glass: Antique Furniture Antiques Clothing
Rick Hudson and Candace Hudson are very warm, welcoming people. They host about 300 avatars total, mostly newbies, and they do not allow role plays. If you teleport to their location, you must be who you are in RL. Below, you see me in front of a blazing fireplace with an inspiring view of the … Canadian Rockies?
Why Am I in Second Life?
Because I want to see what professionals from both the academic and the corporate sides of the learning world are doing in a virtual world. Training (Learning) is going on in Second Life, and I want to experience it. Why? Because I believe that one day, I will be facilitating a learning event inside a virtual world. Others are doing it, and I want to give it a try as well.
Why? Well, as my blog’s tag line says: I’m “Always Learning”, and I want to keep up with the learning world!
(Besides, it’s a ton of fun! I can FLY in Second Life, er, I mean, JayCee Galicia can fly!)
If you are in Second Life, please add me as a Friend.
For the ultra-newbies, to learn more, visit:
Update – Later the Next Day….
Karl Kapp, who’s in my Blogroll, keeps his pulse on Second Life, other virtual worlds, and how organizations in both the public and private sector are training their learners successfully “in world”. Please visit his post: Practice Makes Perfect in Virtual World (27 June 2008).