Research - Hardware and Hosting


There are a number of ways to implement virtual worlds for learners to access.
  • join existing externally hosted virtual worlds (eg Second Life)
  • rent regions in existing externally hosted virtual worlds
  • create your own virtual world on a virtual server through a hosting provider via 'Remote Desktop Services/Connection'
  • create your own virtual world on a physical server through a hosting provider via 'Remote Desktop Services/Connection'
  • create your own virtual world on you own local server
  • create a single user virtual world on a USB memory stick

Regions for Rent

External Hosting Options

Inhouse Hosting Options

Further reading on hosting


Recommendations for possible Guidelines/Standards

    • Start by exploring existing virtual worlds and using 'sandboxes'.
    • Establish a presence by renting a region in an existing virtual world.
    • Establish a team with strong ICT support before considering hosting own virtual world.
    • Consult educator communities in virtual worlds when looking for a hosting solution that meets needs for privacy, reliability, price and performance...
    • Consider implementing a range of complementary services at your institution including using open source software. For example existing virtual worlds, standalone installations, USB memory stick installations, local network, hosted OpenSim providers.