A glimpse at assessment in Minecraft

Written by: Spencer Greenhalgh

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For the past two semesters, I’ve been teaching CEP 813: Electronic Assessment for Teaching and Learning, a course associated with MSU’s Master of Arts in Educational Technology and Graduate Certificate for Online Teaching and Learning. There’s a lot of great information in this course, but one of the highlights for me is the two-week unit we do on game-based assessment. My fellow instructor for this semester is Colin Gallagher, who hosts a YouTube series exploring Minecraft in education. His latest episode features some of the work we do in CEP 813, and he was kind enough to invite me to join him:

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Hi there! My name is Spencer Greenhalgh, and I am a student in the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology doctoral program at Michigan State University. I came to Michigan State University with a strong belief in the importance of an education grounded in the humanities. As an undergraduate, I studied French and political science and worked as a teaching assistant in both fields. After graduation, I taught French, debate, and keyboarding in a Utah private school before coming to MSU, where I plan to study how technology can be used to help students connect the humanities with their lives. I have a particular interest in the use of games and simulations to promote ethical reasoning and explore moral dilemmas, but am eager to study any technology that can help students see the relevance of studying language, culture, history, and government.

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