Travel Grant Presentation: Gaming Pedagogies – Reacting to the Past

Tuesday, April 16th 2013 from 12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. in Salomon Hall

This workshop, presented by CEE travel grant recipient, Evelyn A. Kirkley, Ph.D. (Theology and Religious Studies) and Molly McClain, Ph.D. (History), will provide participants with new ideas about engaging students using active learning pedagogies, specifically, a program called Reacting to the Past (RTTP). According to the Barnard College website, “RTTP consists of elaborate games, set in the past, in which students are assigned roles informed by classic texts in the history of ideas. Class sessions are run entirely by students; instructors advise and guide students and grade their oral and written work. It seeks to draw students into the past, promote engagement with big ideas, and improve intellectual and academic skills.”

Ways to align course activities and assessments to USD’s core curriculum learning goals will be discussed and a “mini-game” will be played to experience this unique pedagogy. This pedagogy was developed by a historian and is well suited to disciplines in the humanities.

Please bring your laptop, iPad, or any device that can connect to the internet,  as everyone will be looking up content as part of the program.

Lunch will be provided. Please register by Thursday, April 11, 2013 so we can get an accurate head count.

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To register for this Presentation click here or call Johnny Bobe II at the Center for Educational Excellence at (619) 260-7402 or email

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