Marne Campbell, African American Studies
Reacting to the Past 15th Annual Faculty Institute
June 11-14, 2015
New York City, NY
Nature/Type of the Event
This is an institute designed to teach faculty how to run role-playing games based on historical events in their classrooms.
I was interested in attending the conference because I wanted to learn creative ways for encouraging active and engaged learning strategies in my classroom. After attending a summer workshop at the CTE, I realized that there are several things that I can do in order to get students more involved in their own learning that extends far beyond what I do in the classroom.
I was encouraged by the CTE director to apply for this conference, and to look at specific "games" as they relate to the subject that I cover. This institute taught me how to get students involved in primary-source learning in new ways, by assigning students with the task of portraying some of the key figures and events from the past.
I will begin implementing these strategies using the published game books and instructor's manuals. Specifically, I am interested in the Frederick Douglass game for AFAM 155, and the games about Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois, as well as the Civil Rights game for my Introduction to African American Studies course. One of the course learning outcomes (for all of my courses) is that students learn how to analyze primary source material. These games are designed (in part) to get students to think about a particular time period or theme in order for them to better understand the subject. It also will help me to teach students how to think critically and to make decisions about the material they are learning. Lastly, these games will allow me to get students to make connections with the past by assigning them roles of historical figures.
I plan to encourage my colleagues to attend these institutes in the future, and I will participate in any workshops / discussions that the CTE organizes around them.