Human beings are capable of wonderful things when faced by adversity. Dr Jeff Brand, a lecturer at Bond University, got his class building a replica of the campus in Minecraft, and when dangerous floods crippled Queensland and closed the physical university, Dr Brand called his students. into the digital classroom to continue their studies. This is an amazing, must-read story. [Kotaku]
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