Monthly Archives: October 2013

Fall Games MOOC and Pre-MOOC Minecraft Event

The “Fall Games MOOC: Makers, Hackers and Games” began yesterday and will run for six weeks, through December 9. You can learn more about this game-based learning course by watching its YouTube overview and introduction and by visiting its website. … Continue reading

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“Night Predators” and Minecraft

During our philosophy seminar this week, we were talking about John Locke’s theory that at birth the human mind is like a blank slate (tabula rasa) upon which sensory experience writes when the issue of fear of the dark arose. … Continue reading

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Six Ways Minecraft Structures My Learning

The first assignment in the “Video Games and Learning” MOOC (now in week two) was to reflect on ways that a digital game of choice structures learning, ideally a game one has never played before. As you can see, I … Continue reading

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Difficulty: Peaceful

Minecraft, Day 2. Time passed. I learned more about the game and logged back in. The zombies hadn’t quite killed my guy but quickly finished the job. Enough of that. I deleted my second world and started anew, now knowing … Continue reading

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Minecraft Noob

“Video Games and Learning” began this Thursday, October 3, and there’s still time to enroll. Kurt Squires and Constance Steinkuehler, a husband and wife team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, are teaching this 6-week Coursera MOOC for the first time, … Continue reading

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