About The Conferences
Every year, the Reacting Consortium collaborates with a variety of colleges and universities around the nation--and the globe--to bring training conferences to faculty, where they play compressed, intensive versions of the games much as student would. In addition, these workshops offer sessions on practical matters of game management, grading, and curricular applications.
Because Reacting to the Past is a classroom experience unlike any that you've likely had, the best way to understand it is to experience it yourself. For this reason, we encourage interested faculty and administrators to attend a conference, where they play the games as students do, albeit in abbreviated versions. Every year, we offer a number of regularly scheduled events, listed below.
We also plan and execute campus workshops and regional conferences with institutions around the country--and beyond! If you want to host one of these for your institute exclusively or as a regional host to faculty from your area, please first take a look at our "Plan an Event" page, and then reach out to Administrative Director Jennifer Worth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Event Information
The Winter Conference is hosted by the Reacting Consortium and the University of Georgia. It explores how educational gaming can enhance learning, build inclusive communities, and improve retention. Participants choose one game to play in a two-day session.
- Choose one game from a list of 5+
- A cozy experience- the amount of participants ranges from 75-100.
- Lower time commitment- this conference is just two to three days long, allowing participants to get a taste of Reacting.
- Panels and Sessions- much like the Annual Institute, the Winter Conference offers smaller-scale workshops, sessions, and panels about pedagogical games, tools, and implementation of Reacting in the classroom.
The 6th Annual Winter Conference, hosted by the University of Georgia, will be held from January 14-16, 2022 and will again be fully remote. Further information will be posted online soon, and registration will open no later than October 1, 2021.
Each year, RTTP holds an Annual Faculty Institute at Barnard College. Join the over 200 professors and administrators from throughout the world who, over four days, gather and immerse themselves in this highest of high-impact pedagogies. Games are played in two intensive two-day sessions.
The workshop also features panels, concurrent discussion sessions, and keynote speeches centered around a theme that changes annually.
- Variety of games- 10+ are offered, and participants may choose two.
- Immersion- game sessions are lengthy, and two-day.
- Conference size- the AI is one of our largest conferences, with 200+ attendees from all over the world!
- Panels and Concurrent sessions- hearing from other educators and even RTTP students allows for professional development and collaboration.
- Refreshments-Breakfast and lunch is provided each day of the conference.
- Location- the Annual Institute takes place at Barnard's beautiful campus, on the Upper West Side of New York City.
RTTP's Game Development Conference(GDC) takes place annually at different locations around the nation.
The GDC is committed to the nurturing the design and development of new games using the Reacting to the Past pedagogy. At the conference, participants will play several Reacting-style games that are currently in development, work to expand and explore ideas for new games as well as engage in workshops focused on game design principles and processes.
- Try lots of games! Often, games at the GDC are offered for 1 day sessions, but participants may choose up to 3 games to try.
- Develop your own ideas for a Reacting game through our workshops
- Make connections with other faculty members who are working on Reacting Games!