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Reacting to the Past at Eastern Michigan University

A strategy pow-wow during an EMU Red Clay game in 2008.

A strategy session during an EMU Red Clay game in 2008.

"The Master said, 'Is it not a pleasure, having learned something, to try it out at due intervals? Is it not a joy to have friends come from afar?'"
—Confucius, The Analects, book I.i

The Reacting to the Past (RTTP) pedagogy is an innovative teaching and learning method using elaborate student-researched, historical role-playing. Eastern Michigan University has become a leading institution in the adoption of this revolutionary pedagogy. Over two dozen EMU faculty have used RTTP games in their classrooms, are developing RTTP games for future use, or have participated in RTTP seminars sponsored by the Faculty Development Center.

EMU has integrated Reacting to the Past into its First Year Seminar and Living/Learning Community program. If you are participating in this program or are curious about what Reacting to the Past is, how it is used in EMU courses, and how this exciting and new teaching/learning method fits into EMU's First Year Seminar and Living/Learning Community program please use this page and the links at the left to find out more.

Mark Carnes developed the Reacting to the Past pedagogy at Barnard College during the mid-1990s (see history). Since then RTTP has spread to many other colleges and universities and is supported by the RTTP Consortium to which EMU belongs. The consortium seeks to facilitate further development of games, to implement and assess the effectiveness of the RTTP pedagogy, and to assist faculty in integrating the RTTP pedagogy into their college or university curriculum. EMU has also hosted the first RTTP game-development workshop devoted solely to assisting faculty developing games in the RTTP method.

The Reacting to the Past initiative at EMU has been highlighted in an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. See here: http://chronicle.com/article/In-Improving-Higher-Education/129134/ .