Mining constructivism in the university: The case of creative mode

Jeffrey E. Brand, Penny Baillie De Byl, Scott Knight, James Hooper

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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 (, 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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnderstanding Minecraft
Subtitle of host publicationEssays on play, community and possibilities
EditorsNate Garrelts
Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
PublisherMcFarland & Company, Inc.
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4766-1815-9
ISBN (Print)978-0-7864-7974-0
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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