Mining Constructivism in the University: The case of creative mode

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Brand, J., De Byl, P., Knight, S., & Hooper, J. (2014). Mining constructivism in the University: The case of creative mode. In N. Garrelts (Ed.), Understand Minecraft: Essays on Play, community and Possiblilities (pp. 57-74). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers.

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Extract: The reconstruction of the modern university is under way, and it extends beyond Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Just as the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat) has re-imagined urban spaces in Minecraft (Mojang, 2011) through the block by block initiative (blockbyblock.org), so too have educators re-imagined the space and meaning of the University Campus. This chapter presents the potential of Minecraft to help students and professors re-think university spaces and university education by presenting a detailed case study of the integration of the standard, unmodified release of Minecraft operating in creative mode into an experimental university class.

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