Minecraft MOOC for Educators (MIME)
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State University of New York
Innovative Instructional Technology Grants
MIME (Mincraft MOOC for Educators)
Minecraft 3D sandbox engineering software
Abstract"The proposed project (MIME) aims to offer educators a Minecraft MOOC specialization of courses that features a roadmap for development of interdisciplinary curriculum, concrete ideas for participant engagement and easy configuration steps for multiplayer servers in public and classroom settings. This project looks to strip away the approachability barrier when utilizing Minecraft 3D sandbox engineering software. It will provide educators with personal evidence to the level of focus and engagement students embrace learning within Minecraft. Additionally educators will learn how to take advantage of existing maps and mods that can enhance lesson plans and provide computer programming experience for their students. MIME will leverage Dikkers (2015) “How teachers learn to use Minecraft in their classrooms” for educators to become comfortable interacting with their students within the game. Additionally MIME will use Toppo’s (2015) “The Game Believes in you” to recreate situations that illustrate how gaming improves student learning and experiences.
DescriptionMinecraft MOOC for educators is a pedagogy and a specialization of courses for flipping, engaging, and learning within a virtual environment of Minecraft. It could change the way educators and students at all levels engage in learning.