The Educators Coop (Co-op) is a research project conducted by Leslie Jarmon and Joe Sanchez at the University of Texas at Austin and Rutgers University. The Educators Coop began as a residential community for educators in Second Life hosted on a single island in July 2007. In July 2008 the Educators Coop became a project of the non-profit Educators Virtual Research Group and expanded to five islands (4 full sims and one Open sim).

The Educators Virtual Research Group is a non-profit organization organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

Statement of Lawful Purpose: The purpose of the not-for-profit Educators Coop is to engage in the lawful activity described below for which corporations may be organized under the laws of Texas.

Statement of Specific Purpose
The specific purpose for which the not-for-profit Educators Virtual Research Group is organized is to build and support a collaborative community for educators and researchers in the 3-D virtual world community of university faculty, librarians, and K-12 teachers actively teaching or researching in virtual worlds. The Educators Virtual Research Group provides services for educators from different educational institutions who regularly meet to share virtual world teaching strategies, design virtual world research projects, collaborate on interdisciplinary conference sessions, and most importantly, create a support system for geospatially separated education practitioners interested in teaching and research in virtual worlds.