Having a play with the new closed beta of Just Leap in, a web browser based virtual world. Like Google Lively, you can embed the player into your own webpage. So to have a dabble, I embedded the Just Leap in code into a label into Moodle.
Now more of these web-based virtual worlds are starting to emerge, might be a second wave of interest in virtual world teaching and learning. I hope some of these web-based VW's start to allow scripting and content creation on par with Second Life, and then it'll really start to get some synthesis