Behind the Scenes at Virtual Ability’s New Resident Orientation for the June 20th NonProfit Commons Meeting

 NonThis Friday, June 20th, TechSoup’s NonProfit Commons in Second Life will feature a discussion with Alice Krueger (Gentle Heron in SL). Virtual Ability’s New Resident Orientation Center was designed to help people with disabilities learn basic Second Life skills. Yet it also works well for newcomers without disabilities. It was built on specific theoretical principles and input from customers that significantly affect the design and operation of the orientation. Gentle will offer explanations of the design background in non-technical language, and then we will tour the instructional facilities on Virtual Ability island.


Before she became a person with a disability, Gentle was a classroom teacher, a researcher, and a professional developer. Now she is head of the SL Virtual Ability cross-disability peer support community and the real life (RL) non-profit Virtual Ability®, Inc. which supports the Second Life community.


Join us in Second Life! 


Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, June 20th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater  


AGENDA (all times below PT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central – Serene Jewell
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation – Gentle Heron
  • 9:40 am Open Mic / Announcements
  • 10:00 am Behind the Scenes Tour of Virtual Ability’s New Resident Orientation  

The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions.

Written by: Rhiannon Chatnoir