Learning Games Design Jam: Crafting Learning in Minecraft

9:30 – 12:30 | University of California, Irvine. Student Center. Woods Cove AB | Wednesday, October 5, 2016
3 hours | 20 participants maximum
Cost: $50

*This workshop has been canceled.

Katie Salen Tekinbaş, Institute of Play and Connected Camps | Email: katie.salen@gmail.com | Twitter: @katieatplay
Elizabeth Swensen, USC Game Innovation Lab | Email: eswensen@cinema.usc.edu | Twitter: @swenyo
Sean Bouchard, USC Game Innovation Lab | Email: sean.bouchard@gmail.com | Twitter: @ndef
Greg Livingston, ConnectedCamps,| Email: gregrylivingston@connectedcamps.com

Kids love Minecraft—this much we know. Its open-ended, Lego-esque quality offers both flexibility and variety when it comes to the crafting of in-game experiences, be they rollercoasters, haunted houses, design jams, or games. And while learning how to do things is a natural part of growing one’s expertise in the game, designing experiences with explicit learning outcomes requires some applied know-how. Crafting Learning In Minecraft explores how key principles of game-like learning can be applied to the design of learning activities for youth. In this hands-on workshop participants will work individually or in pairs to conceive of, design, build and playtest a learning activity in Minecraft. Activities will be designed on one of ConnectedCamps multiplayer servers, with support from a team of in-room and in-game design and learning experts. This workshop is recommended for educators and designers interested in game-like learning and its application to sandbox-style games like Minecraft. Basic expertise in Minecraft is strongly recommended.

Download workshop flyer here.