Articles and Announcements

Upcoming Events

Save the Date!

2023 Annual Institute

June 8-11, 2023
Barnard College, NYC

Menu
Log in

 When    Fridays at 4PM (EST)

Join us for our free weekly Faculty Lounge Live happy hours.  These casual zoom social hours offer opportunities to talk with other active pedagogy (and active pedagogy curious) instructors. Depending on attendee interest, we organize breakout rooms by Reacting game, how you're teaching, or game design. Newbies can ask questions of experienced Reacting professors. You can also just schmooze (or vent!) with friends.

UPCOMING EVENTS

    • June 07, 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • June 11, 2023
    • 2:00 PM
    • Barnard College, New York City

    2023 ANNUAL INSTITUTE


    Our flagship event returns, live and in person, to Barnard College!  From June 8-11, 2023, we'll meet in New York for the first time since 2019, and we hope you'll join us.  


    Much has changed since we last convened on our home campus, and accordingly, the theme for this year is "Reacting to Our New Realities," and our non-game pedagogy sessions will build on our recent Winter Conference workshop topic--"From Bottlenecks to Breakthroughs"-- by focusing on the challenges that we're facing in the larger educational landscape: student (un)preparedness, the proliferation of AI technology, the changing demographics and demands in higher education, and how best to support each other and our students in our learning.

    Another new reality is that the Consortium is now formally supporting use of RTTP by secondary instructors, and so this June we'll be offering HS-focused working sessions, as well as games recommended for secondary students.


    COVID POLICY

    We strong encourage, but do not require, masking. However, to ensure safety for the wider campus community, all summer participants must meet Barnard College’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement, which means that they are fully vaccinated and boosted. Participants must send their vaccination card and booster compliance no later than three days before their campus arrival date (June 4). Instructions on how to submit your verification documents will be sent a few weeks ahead of our program start date.


    We will be offering grab-and-go meals for those who wish to reduce their exposure to others by eating outside; please let us know if you would like this option when you register.


    PROGRAMMING


    GAME WORKSHOPS

    The Reacting pedagogy is best understood by experiencing as students do, albeit in abbreviated versions. This game workshop provides a condensed gameplay experience over two days, broad context for the simulation and mechanics, and include post-game guidance on how to use it in your own classroom.

    Participants will be sent a gamebook for each game, outlining the topics and debates of a historical moment, as well as a detailed role sheets for a historical actor in those debates. Participants prepare and engage as that historical actor, making arguments and forging alliances to achieve specific Victory Objectives. You need not be a specialist to play (or run) a Reacting game, but you should plan on doing some preparatory reading.


    We are pleased to offer nine different games this year, including:

    We're nailing down the rest of our games now--check back soon for the complete list! In lieu of a tenth game, we'll be offering an intensive workshop for our newcomers (piloted last June at CU-Boulder) that will better prepare them to launch a Reacting game in the coming academic year. 

    WORKING GROUPS

    This summer, we're what used to be known as "concurrent sessions" where people could present their Reacting-related work to their peers, into a set of working groups tasked with grappling with a problem facing the larger community, including post-pandemic learning loss, artificial intelligence programs like Chat GPT, and. These will be announced during the month of February.


    KEYNOTE PLENARY

    Our plenary speaker this year is anthropologist Zoe Antoinette Eddy of Harvard University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, who studies, among other things, LARPing and cultural appropriation. You can hear Dr. Eddy discuss this topic on Episode 76 of the Beyond Solitaire gaming podcast, recorded in April 2022.

    PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES EASTERN)


    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7
     

    4:00-10:00 PM         

     DORMS OPEN FOR CHECK IN                         

    7:00-9:00 PM   

     WELCOME RECEPTION


    THURSDAY, JUNE 8

    8:00-9:00 AM 

    BREAKFAST AND WELCOMING PLENARY 

    9:00-10:00 AM MICROGAME/ORIENTATION ACTIVITY
    10:15 AM-12:00 PM GAME 1 - SESSION A
    12:15-1:15 PM LUNCH 
     1:30-3:00 PM GAME 1 - SESSION B
    3:15-4:30 PM WORKING GROUPS
    4:30-5:30 PM GAME 1 - COLLABORATION TIME
    5:30 - 6:30 PM RECEPTION


    FRIDAY, JUNE 9

    8:00-9:00 AM    

    BREAKFAST                                                                           

    9:30-11:00 AM            

    GAME 1 - SESSION C

    11:00 - 11:30 AM

    COFFEE/ SNACK BREAK 

    11:30 AM-1:00 PM

    GAME 1 - SESSION D


    SATURDAY, JUNE 10 

    8:00-9:00 AM BREAKFAST 
    9:00-10:00 AM MICROGAME/PLAYTEST ACTIVITY                                
    10:15 AM-12:00 PM        GAME 2 - SESSION A
    12:15-1:30 PM LUNCH & KEYNOTE ADDRESS                                           
     1:30-3:00 PM GAME 2 - SESSION B 
    3:15-4:45 PM WORKING GROUPS
    4:45-5:45 PM GAME 2 - COLLABORATION TIME                                   



    SUNDAY, JUNE 11

    8:00-9:00 PM  BREAKFAST
    9:00-10:30 AM GAME 2 - SESSION C
    10:30-11:00 AM COFFEE/ SNACK BREAK 
    11:00 AM-12:30 PM GAME 2 - SESSION D
    12:30 -1:00 PM CLOSING PLENARY

    PRICING

       Early Bird  
    Feb 1-Mar 15
     Regular  
    Mar 15-Apr 30
     Late
    May 1-Jun 5
     Consortium Member    $550  $600

     $650

     Non-Member  $675  $725  $775




    Become a member to save money on your registration! Individual memberships start at just $25. 

    FUNDED REGISTRATION FOR DEI ADVANCEMENT $0
    The Reacting Consortium is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and belonging. We have funded registration for instructors who are members of historically underrepresented and marginalized identity groups, and/or for those teaching at minority-serving institutions (HBCUs, Tribal colleges and universities, AAPI- and Hispanic-serving institutions). If you are interested in applying for one of these spots, please send an email to reacting@barnard.edu with the subject line “Funded AI Spot” by May 1. Approved applicants will be able to register for free , but housing will not be included.  Please apply and share with colleagues!

    HOUSING

    This year, we have approximately 100 residence hall rooms available in Sulzberger Tower for our conference participants; 85 singles can be booked at a rate of $100/night; and 14 double rooms at a rate of $65/night. Basic linens will be provided.  Reservations are available only for the nights of June 7-10, and all participants must be checked out by 2pm on June 11.



    Registration will open in early February.

    The Reacting Consortium Board, in its sole and absolute discretion, reserves the right to bar any person from the Reacting Faculty Lounge on Facebook and from participation in any Reacting Consortium event.

This website is still in beta.  Please email us with feedback and ideas. Thank you for your patience and understanding.  

You may know us as RTTP Reacting to the Past educational games gamification simulations classroom simulations case studies case study method history historical role-playing role playing games LARP ing role play games for education help me be a better professor college professor alternatives to lectures active learning active-learning learning activities energize your classroom best practices AHA the chronicle teaching learning center teaching excellence public speaking  promote metacognition emotional intelligence teach empathy student agency what is Reacting to the Past the Reacting Consortium immersive role-playing games  educational debate debating economic simulations historical simulation model UN 

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software