The 2019 Winter Conference, hosted by the Reacting Consortium and the University of Georgia, explores how educational gaming can enhance learning, build inclusive communities, and improve retention. Participants will experience one of the following Reacting to the Past games:
- The Threshold of Democracy: Athens in 403 BCE
- Patriots, Loyalists, and Revolution in New York City, 1775-1776
- Rousseau, Burke and Revolution in France: 1791
- Greenwich Village, 1913: Suffrage, Labor and the New Woman
- Monuments and Memory Making: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 1981-1982
- The Collapse of Apartheid and the Dawn of Democracy in South Africa, 1993
Additionally, at concurrent sessions panelists will introduce participants to a variety of other types of higher educational games.
David Simkins, professor in the School of Interactive Games and Media at the Rochester Institute of Technology, will give the keynote address: “Living Games: The Power of Playful, Experiential Learning.” History professor Mark Carnes, author of Minds on Fire: How Role-Immersion Games Transform College and a founder of Reacting, will be giving the closing plenary, “Upping Our Game: Beyond High Impact.”
The conference will be held at the Georgia Center, a university convention center. The registration fee covers breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday.
This year, the Winter Conference is also offering--for a small additional fee--a special track on designing games for use in college classes. Nicolas Proctor, chair of the Consortium's Editorial Board and author of several RTTP games, will lead a series of workshops on creating game narratives and designing game mechanisms, as well as a rapid prototyping session during which participants will move their game concepts closer to working prototypes. This track opens with a special session on Thursday evening, 6:00-8:00 pm, and will continue through Friday and Saturday. Don't miss this special opportunity. All participants will receive a free copy of Nick Proctor's game design book to guide their work.
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