Create an online identity, choose your avatar and join the conversation in an online philosophy course that's being offered free to the public from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Philosophy 241, an introductory course, will be offered again through the online three-dimensional world of Second Life. The course is taught by Chris Calvert-Minor, an assistant professor of philosophy at UW-Whitewater.
"In Second Life you can do things you never could in an original classroom. Anything you can dream of can happen in Second Life," said Calvert-Minor.
He hopes community members will join the class and bring different perspectives to the online conversation.
"People from the community can add a richness of information. We have a lot to offer in this area, and the community can benefit," said Calvert-Minor.
Last summer's class boasted plenty of participation and discussion, with students contributing about eight pages of text-chat per class.
"Students were really active in the discussions. I'd say 99 percent of the students really engaged and participated," said Calvert-Minor.
He has made improvements to the course since last summer and now offers two different classrooms online, indoor or outdoor, and a massive orientation center.
The course will be offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, July 5 to Aug. 12, from 5:30 to 6:50 p.m.