After a cyclone left Australia's Bond University closed due to storm damage and flooding, undergraduates and professors in the school's Computer Games studies program probably thought they’d miss out on their classes. But one professor knew exactly how to teach during the floods and keep everyone stimulated.
Professor Jeffrey Brand currently runs the Minecraft Uni Project, where staff and students use Minecraft in order to continue their studies. Once signed into the game, students can access a pixelated version of the main campus, and enter classrooms to continue learning. Thanks to Minecraft’s multiplayer capabilities, everyone can learn and discuss the material with each other, albeit through virtual means.
Professor Brand used Minecraft after discovering Block by Block, a program that helps players virtually re-create their actual neighborhoods for educational purposes. Building the main campus took Brand and eleven students about a week, and the virtual buildings include interior details, such as the library.
According the project’s blog, the recent Minecraft class worked as though the group were in their usual class environment. Well, except for normal hand gestures getting replaced with TNT being waved around, and they celebrated the end of class with fireworks.
Now, if only I could work my job into Minecraft somehow…
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