The annual institute program includes a series of standing sessions sponsored by the Reacting Consortium Board. Topics to be addressed at the 2014 institute include:
- The Classroom Experience: RTTP According to Students*
- Game Management 101: The Art of Teaching in the RTTP Classroom*
- Roundtable Discussion: So You Want to Use RTTP in a Class. Now What?*
- The Essentials of Game Design**
* Recommended for participants new to RTTP
** Recommended for experienced RTTP instructors only
We also invite individual faculty and/or teams to share their experiences with RTTP at the institute by submitting a concurrent session proposal. We encourage proposals that will reflect the variety of ways in which individual instructors or programs are using RTTP games to achieve outcomes for their institutions, to engage faculty, to rejuvenate teaching and learning, or to develop/revise new curricular programs.(Please note: All session facilitators at the institute will be responsible for the appropriate registration fees, travel, and lodging expenses.)
Concurrent sessions will be roughly 85 minutes in length and will likely have an audience ranging from 20 to 40 participants. There is no set format for these sessions: they might consist of a hands-on workshop, video presentation, individual presentations, a discussion panel, or a roundtable involving participants’ questions. We encourage collaborative proposals among faculty from multiple institutions, but individual faculty or administrators are also encouraged to submit proposals so that we may group them into sessions around a common theme. Interested individuals might also solicit co-presenters by posting a comment on the RTTP Facebook Faculty Lounge.
Proposals should indicate the intended session format and focus on broad issues related to student learning, teaching, faculty development, or curriculum development and RTTP. The following is a list of topics of interest that have arisen from recent discussions in the RTTP Facebook Faculty Lounge and elsewhere. Ideas may certainly be presented which are not included on this list:
- Using RTTP within disciplines: How do you use historically rooted games to deal with issues of diversity and race, literature, philosophy, ethics, social theory, or other disciplinary based theory and content?
- When should you use RTTP? When should you not? What is the best place in curricular design for RTTP? Is there ever a time when you should not use RTTP? This is meant to be a reflective session of RTTP’s role in the landscape of higher education more broadly and for seasoned Reacting faculty.
- Developing Courses, Curricula, and/or Assessment Instruments: How have you linked games to create an entire course? How have you placed RTTP courses or methodology in general education, interdisciplinary, or other programs? How do you assess them for learning effectiveness?
- Dealing with uncertainty: How have you helped faculty on your campus cultivate a learning environment in which students are comfortable and eager to direct class proceedings, direct their own research, and take responsibility for their own learning? How have you developed ways to make students feel more comfortable with these changes and/or helped faculty deal with resulting fluid classroom dynamics?
Proposals should be submitted using the form link below by March 31, 2014. Applicants who submit proposals by the March 31 deadline will be notified of the status of their proposal(s) in mid-April. Any proposals received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis, space permitting.