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Democratic Learning through Reacting to the Past
November 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
On November 9, 2019, Campus Compact for Southern New England, in partnership with the Reacting to the Past Consortium, will offer the workshop Democratic Learning through Reacting to the Past hosted by Boston University.
ABOUT REACTING: Reacting to the Past (RTTP) is an active learning pedagogy of role-playing games in which students are assigned character roles with specific goals and must communicate, collaborate, and compete effectively to advance their objectives. Class sessions are run entirely by students; instructors advise and guide students and grade their oral and written work. Reacting seeks to draw students into the past, promote engagement with big ideas, and improve intellectual, academic, and civic skills.
THE WORKSHOP: This workshop will explore the RTTP pedagogy as a means to advance democratic learning and integrate civic building skills into the curriculum across disciplines. Participants will learn about the pedagogy, experience it firsthand, and leave with tools for incorporating it into the classroom.
THE GAME: As an introduction to the RTTP pedagogy, workshop participants will be assigned roles in the game Bacon’s Rebellion, 1676, developed by Verdis Robinson, Campus Compact’s Director of Community College Engagement.