Second Life to end educational discount

October 6, 2010

Educational institutions will soon have to pay full price when creating virtual campuses in Second Life after Linden Lab, the company that runs the online universe, announced Monday it will end its generous educational discount as of January 1. The director of the Immersive Education Initiative, which provides over 3,000 educators with open access to virtual worlds, says the announcement is consistent with other recent changes by Linden Lab. Though there are other virtual world technologies colleges can uses, the director says, some have made heavy investments in Second Life and may have difficulties switching services. A number of Canadian institutions have "islands" in Second Life. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)