Reacting to the Past: Exploring Student Engagement, Active Learning, and Pedagogical Success


CTL North Instructional Plaza

Presenter: Naomi Norman and Chase Hagood

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Event Type: Pedagogy & Practice Workshops

Reacting to the Past (RTTP) is a pedagogical approach pioneered by Columbia University professor, Mark Carnes in his teaching position at Barnard College. The approach to teaching and learning consists of elaborate games in which students are assigned roles informed by classic texts in the history of ideas. Class sessions are run entirely by students; instructors advise and guide students and grade their oral and written work as well as participation. In drawing students into the past, RTTP instructors promote engagement with big ideas and improve intellectual and academic skills.

This workshop will introduce the general approach of RTTP pedagogy, as well as explore research findings that support the methodology, provide an overview of current game offerings, and preview faculty and student support systems for RTTP here at UGA.

The interactive portion of the workshop will have participants adopt an assigned role, meet with their faction and offer a defense of their position based on interpreting primary documents—thus, participants will see this active learning strategy from the student perspective. RTTP’s encompassing approach provides a backdrop for this sort of transdisciplinary workshop. Participants will discuss how RTTP and game-based pedagogies can influence teaching and pedagogical success in higher education as well as its tangible impact on critical-thinking, student-centered classrooms, and innovative methods for creating active learning experiences.

Breakfast will be served!