Faculty and Graduate Student Training Workshop on Role-Playing Games Online and in the Classroom
Thursday, July 9, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Are you looking for innovative ways to engage your students online? We invite you to learn about the Reacting to the Past role-playing pedagogy that puts students at center stage. Students learn by taking on roles in elaborate games based on historical scenarios and informed by classic texts. They develop their ability to communicate, work in teams, exercise leadership, think critically, and solve problems. They have fun doing it. And they can do this either online or in a face-to-face classroom.
At this workshop, using the online communication platforms Zoom and Slack, attendees will play an abbreviated version of the Reacting game Patriots, Loyalists, and Revolution in New York City. The action begins in early 1775. Battles between Redcoats and Patriots unfold in New England, but independence has not yet been declared. Elite political factions, the rebellious Sons of Liberty, politically active women, laborers, and enslaved people all have an opportunity to make their voices heard. The future of New York is up for grabs.
As we play and reflect, we will learn about the opportunities and challenges associated with running the games in our classrooms and in cyberspace. Each participant will be assigned a role to play. Game materials, instructions, and role assignments (and Zoom address and password) will be provided to participants at least a week in advance.
Space is limited. Please register by Friday June 26.