This Friday, May 8th, TechSoup’s Nonprofit Commons in Second Life meeting will feature iSkye Silverweb, and a discussion on prepping presenters, from new user entry point, to delivery of their presentations. As we all know, there is a bit of a learning curve for new avatars entering Second Life. There are numerous help islands, orientation centers and mentor programs to help make the experience more pleasant and even fun. Not everyone who enters Second Life is coming in merely to explore or discover what is here in Second Life. Some come in for a specific purpose, such as attending a class or a presentation, or even to give a presentation. To address the needs of these individuals who come to present at Virtual Ability’s two annual conferences, and also to assist presenters at VWBPE’s conferences, iSkye Silverweb has developed a system for quickly orienting and training presenters coming into Second Life for the first (and hopefully not the only) time. She will share her thoughts on this and her best practices for helping these first-time-in-SL presenters to have a positive and successful experience in this virtual setting.
iSkye Silverweb wears a few hats in the Virtual Ability community: Virtual Ability community events scheduler, Community calendar keeper, Virtual Ability Flickr maven, and a Virtual Ability Mentor. She helps plan the two annual conferences hosted by Virtual Ability: Mental Health Symposium and International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference, and is also a member of several mentor groups besides the Virtual Ability Mentors. She enjoys helping new residents get a good start in their Second Life experience. For fun, iSkye does grid hunts, explores art installations, goes shopping, and participates in activities with BURN2and the Lamplighters.
Join us in Second Life!
Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting
Friday, May 8th, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT
Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater
AGENDA (all times below PT)
• 8:30 am Introductions
• 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
• 8:45 am Mentors Central
• 9:00 am Featured Presentation – Prepping Presenters: from Entry to Delivery
• 9:40 am Open Mic / Announcements
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