As I’ve mentioned before, some of us are starting to look at using Second Life for teaching. One problem that we have is that it is not possible to install software on University Owned PCs, without creating NAL objects – which can take some time. Some staff can install locally, but not all can. This means that students would have to work at home in order to use it.
I originally used the method outlined by Tom Edwards on the SLED Mailing list – which worked fine for me. Infact, the PC that I use quite often in the ExPERT centre, which I don’t have admin rights to, is much higher specced than the one in my School of Computing office, so despite the fact it was running on a USB stick, it worked better!
Jonathan has also pointed me to a post on Penn State Virtual Worlds blog, which uses a .bat file to tidy up afterwards. I’ve just added that, and it still seems to work well.