Reacting to the Past

Powerful In-Class Simulations

Reacting to the Past (RTTP) is a real-time, in-person group simulation where students replay a pivotal historical scenario to explore its context and investigate its causes, complexities, and differing possible outcomes.

These simulations cover a wide range of topics and can be deployed across all types of classrooms. The scenarios vary in length; some exercises can be finished in as little as 75 minutes, while others unfold and evolve over the course of several days, or even weeks.

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React to Engage

Reacting to the Past simulations are high-impact, active-learning pedagogy that has demonstrated to enhance student engagement and learning. RTTP provides engaging course content that allows students to dive into College-to-Career skill building and learn by doing within the immersive experience of a RTTP simulation. When Reacting, students practice skills like:

  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Critical reading and thinking
  • Teamwork, collaboration, & leadership
  • Persuasion
  • Critical interaction and listening
  • Professionalism
  • Intercultural and global awareness
  • Building trust and developing awareness of the motivations of others
  • Awareness of contingency and human agency
  • Decision making

React in Your Classroom

Get started with Reacting to the Past in your classroom:

  1. Create a RTTP account using your campus email address.
  2. Visit Reacting to the Past online to learn more about the curriculum and the pedagogy.
  3. Investigate instructor resources available to you.
  4. Browse the list of published and in-development scenarios.
  5. Contact Georgia State University colleagues for information and support: Rob Baker (robertbaker@gsu.edu) and Jared Poley (jpoley@gsu.edu)
  6. Attend a Reacting workshop: There are two main Reacting workshops each year. One is hosted at the University of Georgia in January, and the other takes place in June at Barnard College. As Georgia State faculty, you enjoy the Consortium member rate.

More Support

For more information and support, contact:
Rob Baker: robertbaker@gsu.edu
Jared Poley: jpoley@gsu.edu