Winter of Reacting
December 2020 - January 2021
For more detailed information regarding the Winter of Reacting, please see the main page here.
The following games will be featured during the Winter of Reacting:
- Week 1 (Game 1): December 14-15, 2020: Game of Sages: War and Diplomacy in China, 223 BCE
- Week 1 (Game 2): December 16-17, 2020: Food Fight: Challenging the USDA Food Pyramid, 1991
- Week 2: December 28-30, 2020: Frederick Douglass, Slavery, and the Constitution, 1845
- Week 3: January 4-6, 2021: Greenwich Village, 1913: Suffrage, Labor, and the New Woman
- Week 4: January 12-13, 2021: US Investment in Liberia, 1925-35: “Mr. Firestone, What Are You Up To?”
Each game will have specific schedules to be posted shortly, but games during Week 1 will be run from approximately 7:00-8:30 pm EST.
UGA Winter Conference Workshop
In addition to the featured games, a Winter Conference Workshop will be held from January 15-16, 2021, focusing on issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Fall 2020 Online Programming
Each of the following games will be offered synchronously during the fall of 2020:
October 23-24: Chicago, 1968 (GM: Nick Proctor
Each game will begin with an orientation/how-to session on Friday evening. The game itself will run over the entirety of the day on Saturday, beginning in the morning and ending in the evening (with breaks included).
Specific schedules may vary for each game, and will be announced as soon as they are finalized.
Microgames can be a great way to introduce students to active learning or role playing. Many professors also use microgames as a low-stakes early class session, or as sort of 'auditions' for casting longer Reacting games. This microgame, Making History, requires no preparation, and your materials will be shared with you immediately during your play session. Several 90-minute sessions will be offered throughout the month of September; for more information and to register, please go to this link: https://reacting.regfox.com/septmicrogame.
We will be offering a weekly series of webinars focusing on some of our most popular games. These sessions will help prepare participants to use the active learning pedagogy, and the particular games, online. We will discuss best practices for using the games in virtual classes, how to translate game mechanics online, and highlight key considerations for both synchronous and asynchronous platforms (including slack and video conferencing). Experienced Reacting professors and game authors will lead the discussions and answer questions. For those unfamiliar with the particular games in any format, there will be additional (optional) sessions beforehand to introduce the game's themes and structures. Recordings of each webinar will be available to purchase.
- November 19th, 2-3:30 PM ET: Curriculum Change in Trying Times
In this interactive workshop, veteran administrators and faculty who have been involved with the Reacting to the Past Endeavor Grant project (working with 20 institutional teams on significant curriculum change) will provide insights on engaging your campus in curriculum reform to achieve your mission, meet accreditation demand, and engage students in learning. This event may be especially of interest to folks who are trying to convince or encourage administrators on your campus about the value of Reacting, and how it can support your school's mission.
Below is a list of our upcoming conferences, workshops, and presentations. The list will be updated with further details including games, locations, and content as the Consortium finalizes event planning.
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 RTTP event, including, but not limited to, the annual Summer Institute at Barnard College.
(Below image from 2011 Annual Institute.)