Now is an ideal time to jump into the ‘Re-Inventing the Virtual Classroom’ project, if you haven’t already!   I’ve included a step by step guide to getting involved below.

After hearing the University’s feedback on the 16th, we will have a better understanding of what the University wants, and will begin folding everything together into a continuously evolving design idea.  So, even if you haven’t participated yet, this is a perfect time to get involved!  Again, we are distributing 250,000 Lindens, based on community-assessed contribution analysis, so your participation will be rewarded based on how much other contributors believe you’ve put into it.  If you don’t want to contribute a design idea, you can still get contribution points by sharing ideas and commenting within the Wikitecture Forum for this project: http://studiowikitecture.wikidot.com/forum:start

To review, here are a few of the basic steps you’ll need to take in order to participate:

1.)  Get a Second Life account, by visiting this site: http://secondlife.com/
2.)  Download Second Life, http://secondlife.com/support/downloads.php
3.)  Open the Second Life application, and enter the username and password you just created
4.)  Do the basic tutorial to learn the basics of walking, flying, etc.
5.)  When you’re ready, click this link – then click the ‘teleport’ this link will bring up: http://slurl.com/secondlife/UA+ESPRMC/186/87/26/
6.)  Find the wiki-tree, and click the very base of that tree.  It will give you a password.
7.)  Use your full avatar name (first and last), and the password given to you by the tree to log into this site: http://www.studiowikitecture.com
8.)  You can now review designs that have been submitted so far by either clicking the ‘leaf’ spheres on the Wiki-tree and watching them appear on the site – where you can walk through the ideas.  Or, you can review them on the website, along with design descriptions, and discussion, etc.
9.) You can cast a total of 3 positive and 3 negative votes on the designs.  Votes can be distributed to several designsn, or all given to 1 design.  If you cast more than 3, it replaces the first votes you cast, and so on.
10.)  To review more community discussion around the project, visit the forum, and register if you want to participate, using your avatar name. http://studiowikitecture.wikidot.com/forum:start
11.)  Think of ways you can combine the best of the ideas you’ve shared so far, combined with your own ideas… when you’re reviewing designs at the wiki-tree, you can simply select the designs you like, and ‘Take a Copy’.  Then, head to a sandbox to synthesize your contribution!  There is a sandbox near the University of Alabama site, or you can visit one on Architecture sim here: (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Architecture/217/100/22/?title=Architecture%20Islands%20Sandbox)
12.)  Remember this is not a competition!  Wikitecture is all about collaboration, and sharing ideas.  The last thing you should do is work out a final and polished design before submitting it to the tree for others to review.  You’ll run the risk of spending too much time on an idea the community migh not adopt.  The rule of thumb is to share ideas early, and often… this will give the community a chance to provide feedback, and maybe even include your idea in a new hybrid design contribution.
11.)  When you’re ready to share your own 3D design idea using the Wiki-tree, just let Keystone Bouchard or Theory Shaw know, and we will walk you through the process.  Otherwise, you can review the tutorial here: http://studiowikitecture.wikidot.com/how-to
12.)  Once your design is submitted, it will automatically create a new place for it on the website.  You can change the leaf description, and add any design descriptions or screenshots that will help others understand your design.
13.)  Check the site often to see how your design does in the community!  Remember to continuously cast your 3 positive and 3 negative votes regularly, so the community can get a sense of what are the best ideas to carry forward!

That’s about it!  I know it seems like a lot – but once you get the hang of it, it becomes much easier to understand and participate.  The best part is, once you understand this system, you’ll be able to jump into the next Wikitecture projects without hesitation, and maybe even begin earning some extra spending cash!  At the very least, you’ll be able to witness the design evolution, knowing you played a roll in shaping and evolving it.

As always, contact Keystone Bouchard or Theory Shaw if you have any questions at all!

Good luck!