Forget about weekend keggers, man. Going to college has never been as fun as this!
Why, you ask?
Well, because the prestigious University of Florida has launched an official StarCraft course.
That’s right, the school (or is it shchool?) believes real world skills can be taught by playing the popular game.
“My problem solving skills in StarCraft are the same problem solving skills learned in school or the real world,” Nate Poling, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Florida, told the MIT Technology Review.
Poling – who will be leading the course – explained that “EME2040: 21st Century Skills in StarCraft” will only be open to students with at least “basic knowledge of and experience” of the game.
“In StarCraft you’re managing a lot of different units and groups of different capacities.
“[So], it’s not a stretch to think of that in the business world or in the work of a healthcare administrator.”
However, Poling emphasized that he was not advocating a ban on traditional teaching methods.
“[No], this is [just] a supplement. A student who gets a normal education, gets an MBA, and is in the business world, he could realize that something he learned in his StarCraft course helps him think outside of the box.
“You synthesize this with an MBA program and voila – you have an innovative business practice.”