The Reacting Consortium (RC) is an alliance of colleges, universities, and individual faculty committed to developing and publishing the Reacting to the Past series of role playing games for higher education and providing programs for faculty development and curricular change to implement the games.
The Reacting Consortium is a continuation of the Reacting to the Past Institute, originally developed by Dr. Mark Carnes and supported in its first decade by Barnard College, with major grants from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (U.S. Department of Education), the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Teagle Foundation. The Reacting Advisory Board determined in 2012 to develop and charter a membership organization, housed at Barnard College, to expand instructional support and development opportunities for affiliated faculty.
The mission of the Reacting Consortium is to promote imagination, inquiry, and engagement as foundational features of teaching and student learning in higher education through the development and dissemination of Reacting to the Past role playing games.
The Reacting Consortium develops Reacting to the Past (RTTP) role playing games to inform and transform student learning in American higher education. These games effectively support the achievement of critical thinking, historical and intercultural knowledge, empathy, leadership, integrative learning, effective communication skills, and intellectual curiosity among students. They promote innovative teaching by faculty and administrators of higher education.
The Consortium develops Reacting to the Past (RTTP) games for publication through a partnership with an established publisher. It provides faculty with opportunities to learn the highly interactive RTTP pedagogy and to join a community of practice in the support of undergraduate teaching and learning. It provides institutions with effective programs of faculty development and with tools for innovation in curriculum design to encourage advanced accomplishment across both disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs.
Become a Member
Becoming a member of the RC is simple and comes with many benefits unavailable to the general public. The institutional membership program was launched in Spring 2013. The RC Board plans to implement an individual membership program in the 2013-14 academic year. Benefits of membership in each category include:
Individual Membership for Faculty and Administrators
$75.00 per annum
- Full access to the web-site and Online Faculty Forum;
- Full access to the electronic journal, Reacting to the Past: A Journal forInnovative Teaching and Learning, scheduled to be developed in 2013;
- Access to conference proceedings and presentations;
- A quarterly electronic newsletter; and
- Post-publication updates of instructor manuals.
- A member rate on registration for RC workshops or conferences;
- Membership on RC game list-servs or restricted social media sites;
- Support in game development;
- Support in course development; and
- Access to a mentor the first semester teaching a game.
$500 per annum (for institutions who join as founding members by June 30, 2013)
All of the benefits listed above, plus:
- Full access to the RTTP Game Library, online resources, and other list-servs for up to ten faculty or administrators;
- Member discounts on RC Conference registration for up to ten faculty or administrators;
- Discount of 20% over non-members for RC campus workshops;
- Consultation on course or curriculum design and grant applications; and
- Opportunities to participate in the RC Board, assessment initiatives, and planning for the development of future games or pedagogy workshops.
If you have additional questions or would like to sign up as a member of the Reacting Consortium please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.