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Meeting in a Virtual Environment

Virtual environments such as Skype, Second Life or Elluminate allow individuals to meet in a common "virtual space" and communicate via chat or "real-time discussion," audio and/or video and often to share "virtual objects" such as whiteboards or virtual rooms.

What you need:

  • An account with the service.
  • An application, i.e. the Skype client or the SecondLife browser.  These are provided by the service.
  • A microphone.
  • Headphones.
  • A scheduled time to meet.

How to do it:

Arrange a time to meet and share meeting location coordinates.  These coordinates might be a url to a virtual meeting room, lecture hall, square or coffee house.

It is recommended that you use headphones when participating in a virtual meeting.  This removes the "echo" effect and the possibility of feedback.