Thursday, July 15, 2010

World Simulation Project

From Professor Michael Wesch,Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Digital Ethnography where he was Kansas State University's 2008 U.S. Professor of the Year.
You may remember him as the creating of the short film:

YouTube - The Machine is Us/ing Us (Final Version)

Wesch's motivation for the World Simulation Project:
"The World Simulation is a radical experiment in learning that is the centerpiece of the Introduction to Cultural Anthropology course at Kansas State University, created in a fit of frustration with the large lecture hall format which seems inevitable in a classroom of 200-400 students. Of utmost concern to me, was the nature of questions I was hearing from students, which tended to be administrative and procedural rather than penetrative, critical, and insightful. My least favorite question was also the most common: "What do we need to know for this test?" Something had to be done, so I set to work creating the World Simulation."
Watch the trailer for this project:

This project is nothing less than awesome. For the full set up, rules and objectives, and the wiki with full materials, see the Project website

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