Lessons for Distance Education from Second Life's Isle of Wyrms

I am standing on Orientation Island, and I seem to have a problem: I have no head. A disembodied "voice," in the form of a text balloon, signals me that a fellow Second Life newbie is asking, "Are you OK?" No, clearly I am not OK. I can't find my head (or my legs, for that matter), and I seem to be doomed to wandering through Second Life as a torso in a purple t-shirt. Obviously, I have a lot to learn before I can partake of the rich virtual environment that I have been told awaits in Second Life.

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