University to Multiversity:
Playing for Preferred Futures
12 Week Sessions Running February - April 2019
Instructor: Cody Lestelle
Course description: How can we cultivate our learning initiatives to fully and fiercely meet the challenges of our time? Given the hegemony of institutionalized education and its often debilitating and divisive effects on people and our communities, how can we (re)generate our own capacities to care for and protect ourselves and each other? Participants in this twelve week seminar/simulation will learn:
critical & generous new media creation & play strategies for ‘making kin with the machines’
of the origins of the modern university and its roots in the European empires, invasions, and witch hunts
various tools for expanding the ecoversity, multiversity, and pluriversity infrastructure & movements
ways of weaving our own lives & efforts into more resilient and collectively conscious entities
NOTE From instructor January 6, 2019 11:59PM HST:
The syllabus for this course is a living document that is currently being drafted and I am accepting and encouraging input from any interested parties. Any suggestions made prior to the first day of class will likely carry more weight but we will also be actively evolving our syllabus as a living document throughout the course. You can view a live copy here. This initial document will evolve very rapidly with this moon cycle into precisely what we need to begin our first week of class at the beginning of the coming lunar new year.
Online & Timing Logistics & Clusters:
Participants may engage with this class 100% on their own time (asynchronous) or to commit to one of our synchronous clusters that meet up at specific times in different online virtual environments. Each cluster focuses on developing the unifying theme of university to multiversity in a specific virtual world environment in order to draw on the strengths of each platform for learning, innovating, and teaching content and technologies.
Here are the current clusters and dates (subject to change; a finalized list will appear on January 16th):
Cluster A- Nuclear Age Medicines in Fallout (Tuesdays Feb 5 - Apr 23 9-11 AM HST)
Cluster B- SIMS with Open Sim & Second Life (Wednesdays Feb 6 - Apr 24 9-11 AM HST)
Cluster C- Extractivism & Worlding in Minecraft (Thursdays Feb 7 - Apr 25 9-11 AM HST)
Cluster D- Galactic Civilizations in Destiny 2 (Fridays Feb 8 - Apr 26 9-11 AM HST)
Cluster E- Earthly Resilience with Final Fantasy (Wednesdays Feb 6 - Apr 24 7-9 PM HST)
This course is offered for $240 per participant to be paid in full by the first day of class. If it’s literally impossible for you to donate this, let me know.
Recording* This course will be audio recorded, primarily for folks who may miss a class or who are generally unable to make the synchronous sessions for their cluster so that they can access the recordings before our next gathering. Feel free to take this into consideration as you share with whatever level of discernment you prefer.