More Than 54 Colleges Build Campuses in Second Life

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You can do almost anything in Second Life--the online, 3-D virtual community with more than 1.7 million members--including go to college. Thanks to an incentive deal designed by Linden Labs, the community's creators, more than 54 colleges and universities now offer real classes in the virtual space. The deal gives educators a plot of virtual land free for one semester, the California State University-Northridge Daily Sundial reports. Other professions are also benefiting: Two months ago, Reuters became the first news service to assign a full-time reporter to the cover the virtual community.