Category Archives: Educational Tools

Make Friends with Failure

When my World of Warcraft (WoW) raiding team decides to take on a new (for us) fight, we’re aware that failure is all but inevitable the first time – perhaps many times thereafter. The boss (biggest baddie) in any specific … Continue reading

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Environmental Philosophy in the Night Elf Starting Zone: PHI in WoW 4

While working through the night elf starting zone, I found myself reflecting on the morality of killing wildlife in order to preserve what we humans consider the natural balance. Nature is fluid, flexible, ever-changing over time. Perhaps there’s no such … Continue reading

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Game Aesthetics in the Night Elf Starting Zone: PHI in WoW 3

Should videogame narratives be considered art? Over the past decade some scholars of literature, game studies, and philosophy have grappled with this question. I didn’t mean to do it too, but my avatar Yvois unwittingly got herself in a jam … Continue reading

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Ethics in the Worgen Starting Zone: PHI in WoW 2

In my previous post I began exploring ways that World of Warcraft (WoW) starting zones could serve as sites for teaching and learning philosophy. First I presented Yvyy’s narrative about her experiences in the first part of the Worgen zone; … Continue reading

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World of Warcraft as a Philosophical Learning Tool: Introduction

As an avid World of Warcraft (WoW) player and a teacher of philosophy, I’ve occasionally wondered: How might WoW serve as a learning tool for a course in philosophy? What ethical, metaphysical, epistemological, and even social-political issues arise that merit … Continue reading

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Educational Benefits of Minecraft: More from the Minecraft and More Unsymposium

The more I learn about Minecraft, the more impressed I become with its versatility as a learning tool. This morning, for example, I ran across a piece from Southern California Public Radio headlined “Minecraft blowing up the classroom; educators say … Continue reading

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Minecraft and More: Reflections on the Morrowcraft Tour

I’m a notetaker. I keep a steno pad near my keyboard to jot down interesting comments and ideas, especially when I’m in student mode, as I was this past weekend during the “Minecraft and More Unsymposium” (all sessions archived here … Continue reading

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