MOOSE Crossing

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MOOSE Crossing
MOOSE Crossing Logo.png
Developer(s) Amy S. Bruckman
Engine MOO
Platform(s) Windows, Macintosh
Release 1996
Genre(s) Educational MUD
Mode(s) Multiplayer

MOOSE Crossing was an educational MOO (a type of MUD, a text-based virtual world) developed by Amy S. Bruckman in 1996 as her doctoral dissertation work.[1] It employed a constructionist learning pedagogical approach and was designed for teaching children 9 to 13 years of age.[2] Bruckman's work on MOOSE Crossing and MediaMOO was called "the most notable MOO research in education".[3] The MOO closed in 2007 after 11 years online.[4]

MOOSE Crossing used specialized client software, called MacMOOSE for the Macintosh version and WinMOOSE for the Windows version.[2]


  1. ^ Bruckman, Amy. MOOSE Crossing: Construction, Community, and Learning in a Networked Virtual World for Kids (Ph.D thesis). MIT Media Lab. 
  2. ^ a b De Cicco, Eta; Farmer, Mike; Hargrave, Claire (1999). Activities for Using the Internet in Primary School. Routledge. ISBN 0-7494-2989-5. 
  3. ^ "1999 Young Innovator: Amy Bruckman". Technology Review. MIT. November 1999. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  4. ^ "MOOSECrossing". 2007-05-07. Archived from the original on October 12, 2009. Retrieved 2010-04-22. 

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