Mindful Minecraft 

Exploring self-directed learning by playing a computer game

Prelude: Mindful Minecrafting November 9, 2015

This post explains why I have decided to play (and blog about) Minecraft as a part of my exploration into Agile Learning Facilitation.  As such it is also about my personal self-directed learning journey: it is my belief that you can’t work with self-directed learners if you are not exploring and experiencing this practice yourself.

Abram de Bruyn

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Mindful Minecrafting: Ep. 6 The Greater Walling of C.C.

January 12, 2016

In this session we met and planned to get the wall built.  Having collected a significant amount of cobble in the previous session, the next question was did we need stone bricks? There were actually a bunch of next steps.  We used the tactic of checking in before the session, but the goals were pretty clear from the get go.  In a way this was ep.5.2 more than a new mission altogether.

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Prelude: Mindful Minecrafting

November 9, 2015

This post explains why I have decided to play (and blog about) Minecraft as a part of my exploration into Agile Learning Facilitation.  As such it is also about my personal self-directed learning journey: it is my belief that you can’t work with self-directed learners if you are not exploring and experiencing this practice yourself.

Mindful Minecrafting: Ep. 1. Where’s the Beef?

November 10, 2015

In which a play Minecraft for the first time with a restrictive 1 hour time limit and seek to achieve pre-determined goals.  Happily I was able to succeed in my mission within the time-frame.  While playing I discovered plenty of potentially distracting things that could have turned this session into a much longer one without … Read more

Mindful Minecrafting: Ep. 2 The Road to Nowhere

November 16, 2015

Such big plans for this session.  Turns out we played for 45minutes longer than intended (total play time 1hr 45min) AND we only half achieved one of these goals.  So many little achievements and failures along the way. Got killed numerous times as we tried to build our path at night and kept getting swarmed. … Read more

Mindful Minecrafting: Ep.3 A Pound of Flesh

November 18, 2015

This session @ryanshollenberger and @pigcraft8 (james khost) joined me.  We had a pow-wow about what to do before hand and gave Ryan an overview of the lay-of-the-land.  These guys answered my questions (‘research’) and we set off with a primary goal of trading with the Villagers. So, I had a couple of research questions to … Read more

Mindful Minecrafting: Ep. 4 A Fork-In The Road

December 3, 2015

  This was going to be the most exciting new episode of the series.  The day I built my first Enchantment Table and opened up the possibility of so much more (namely, enchanted weapons).  Instead it turned out to be a frustrating face-palming moment. A fork in the road… or how I learned to stop … Read more

Mindful Minecrafting: Ep. 5 Friendship is the ultimate Craft

January 5, 2016

After more than a month away from the Shed Men world, it was time to return to it with some fellow travelers.  The key lesson from my last post was that I was much more mindful when I was playing with others.  This session I decided that we should state intentions and record them together … Read more

Mindful Minecrafting: Ep. 6 The Greater Walling of C.C.

January 12, 2016

In this session we met and planned to get the wall built.  Having collected a significant amount of cobble in the previous session, the next question was did we need stone bricks? There were actually a bunch of next steps.  We used the tactic of checking in before the session, but the goals were pretty clear … Read more