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Project Management

14-18 yrs old

18+ yrs old

Business & Entrepreneurship

Leadership

Students at the Hull University Business School have designed, led and managed a business project within a Minecraft world called HUBSWorld.

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avatar Submitted By: Joel Mills

October 12, 2018

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Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Based Learning

External References

Background information page on project

An overview page of how the project came about with additional reading and documentation on how the sessions were run at the University of Hull.

Supporting Files

HUBS World MCEE world file


Unzip & double click to install on Mac or PC. For iPad, unzip & either save to cloud storage & open the world file from there or open from email.

Learning Objectives

  • Engage students in group work activity that allows them to develop their project management skills.
  • To utilise MinecraftEdu to facilitate a project exercise to build a shelter in HUBSWorld.
  • To identify examples of good and poor practice in project management skills and reflect on the causes and possible remedies/avoidance strategies.

Guiding Ideas

Preamble to students: Effective project management is an essential skill across a wide range of organisations involving the planning, resourcing and managing and team of people to achieve a pre-determined objective(s). Understanding and practicing effective team working skills such as; communication, negotiation, leadership, decision-making, problem-solving, facilitation, persuasion, influencing, motivating, conflict resolution, etc., can all be adopted as transferable skills.

Understanding the project manager’s role in a successful team is an essential part of effective project management. He/she should lead defining the overall project objective, acquiring the project resources, motivating and building the team, having a vision and resolving conflict and communicating effectively.

Pre-session activity: Organise students into groups, allow them to identify a project leader and provide pre-work material for familiarisation with Minecraft through web links and project planning.

Team Roles: Project manager, Builders (2), Miners (2), Crafter

Note: Teachers may like to set the world as "immutable world" using Classroom Mode so that students can explore the example builds in the planning phase of the lesson. This can be done in a pre-session demonstration, or during the actual building lesson with sufficient time (suggested 15-20 minutes) allocated.

Once the builds have been explored, the "immutable world" setting can be toggled off to allow students to choose a suitable location to build in.

Example builds and the Dome have "build disallow" blocks under them to protect them.

 

Student Activities

Specific Tasks:

  • Students are required to build a shelter to accommodate 5 people with an adjacent store that contains at least two chests.
  • Minecraft should run in Survival mode
  • World Builder mode should be set to "false" for students.
  • Pre-determined resources (tools) should be allocated to group members.
  • Minecraft crafting recipes should be supplied to every group.
  • There will be a community area in HUBSWorld covered by a secure glass Dome. All teams should begin the game in this area and have free access to it during the build.

Teams should expect to find the following resources in the Dome. These are open resources that are available to all teams:

  • Community Furnaces section contained 6 furnaces
  • Community Crafting section containing 6 crafting tables.
  • Community chests each containing one of the following: 12 shovels, 12 pickaxes or 12 axes
  • Community chest containing an sufficient supply of coal for the furnaces.

Please note: the community sections will remain in HUBSWorld for the duration of the build. Obviously the tools can be selected by individual team members and taken outside the Dome. They can also be returned to the respective chests when finished with. Teams can create their own resources as well.

Performance Expectations

Each team should produce a shelter that can be assessed by the following criteria:

Is the shelter complete?    No 0      Partially 5      Yes 10

Materials used?     Dirt, cobble, wood 5      Planks 8      Stone 10

How many resources are stored?     0     0 >5     5 >10      10

Aesthetics/style? Rising Scale

0 ------------------------------------------------------------------20

Maximum total = 50 marks

 

  • Students should reflect upon the experience of working in a team within MineCraftEdu.
  • Students should be able to identify/agree the things that went well and not so well with their team performance.
  • Students should be able to reflect upon how the project manager managed the team and the resources.

 

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Based Learning

External References

Background information page on project

An overview page of how the project came about with additional reading and documentation on how the sessions were run at the University of Hull.

Supporting Files

HUBS World MCEE world file


Unzip & double click to install on Mac or PC. For iPad, unzip & either save to cloud storage & open the world file from there or open from email.