I got this from UFTimmy who discovered a new course his alma mater is making available. Go here and search on the page (don’t use the seach field/button for the site, use your browser’s search) for “21st Century Skills”.
21st Century Skills in Starcraft is an 8 week entirely online course that uses the popular real time strategy (RTS) game Starcraft to teach valuable 21st Century Skills through a hands-on approach. With society becoming increasingly technology-based and fast-paced, it is important for professionals to be highly proficient in skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, resource management, and adaptive decision making. These skills are fundamental in Starcraft and therefore make the game a highly effective environment for students to analyze and take action in complex situations. Computer and video games of all types have become a major part of today’s entertainment and technology worlds. Also, online education is an area of intense growth with many employers and professions using online courses and workshops for career development. This course synthesizes the three threads of 21st Century skill development, gaming, and online education into an innovative and experiential approach that encourages students to identify, learn, and practice crucial skills and apply and relate them to real-world situations. It does not teach about Starcraft, but rather aims to utilize the game and the complex situations that arise within it to present and develop the important skills professionals will undoubtedly need in the 21st Century workplace.
Love it. Now if only I could set up a course on teaching skills to people through raiding in WoW… or something like that. I suppose Starcraft has an easier barrier of access. No need to level up to 60, 70 or 80 to raid.
I hear the final exam involves defeating the teacher in a 1v1 in game battle.