Queensland has seen some terrible flooding of late, resulting in a disruption to work, school and leisure pursuits, not to mention random looting, injury and loss of life. One group of students and their professor though, took it as an opportunity to explore a new kind of learning environment — a virtual one.
At this point, you’re probably thinking, “Yeah, yeah, this is all just fancy talk for recreating their campus in Minecraft, isn’t it?” And you’d be right. The students and their professor built their campus, classrooms, library and all in Minecraft. But the concept goes so much further than that. Their library, for example holds the lecturer’s notes and the student’s research reports!
A few days ago, the creators of the MinecraftUni project found themselves locked out of uni for the second day in a row, due to storm damage, flooding and the dangers posed to everyone involved. What better opportunity to try out their ‘Mineclass’?
Student started logging on at 10am, slides were reviewed and questioned asked and answered. Students even received XP for their participation. I’m sure it must have felt bizarre and surreal sharing a classroom space with Ash Ketchum and what looks like Sauron and Gimli, but the class was a complete success and after an hour and a half, class broke up and all went out to enjoy celebratory fireworks.
The future is now, people!