Technology in the Classroom: Reacting to the Past
Welcome to Reacting to the Past at Pace University. Reacting to the Past (RTTP) is an engaging pedagogy where students role play vital moments from the past. Student prepare by reading primary and secondary sources and by investigating the historical characters they play in debates. They also read literary works and learn the cultural contexts of the period they are studying. Class discussion is led by students while professors and student preceptors help to run the simulations.
“It opened your eyes and provided a deep understanding of the workings of the Tudor dynasty and its involvement with Europe.”
“The discussions. It’s easier to remember things when you actively participate.”
“Reacting to the past was the best experience I’ve had in college so far.”
“I found it very insightful, and perhaps even enlightening, playing the roles I played. As somebody on the center-right part of the political spectrum, it was, at first, a bit of a challenge to get into the mindset of a proto-communist. But after all the readings and instruction, I managed to jump right into it on the first game session and set aside all reservations (vivre la commune de Paris!)”
“The reacting game itself strongly reinforces the information we were meant to learn in the class.”
“Playing the game gives you a deeper, stronger understanding of the material. Putting the knowledge we gained through lectures into use during the games is incredibly effective and valuable.”
“Drs. Driver and Reagin form and amazing dynamic. I’d liken it to one of those buddy cop movies: Dr. Driver is the straight-shooter, delivering orthodox, yet interesting lectures, where Dr. Reagin is the slightly unhinged-one, in the best sense of the term. I found it quite the (informative) spectacle when she went off on her rant about the sheer counter-factuality of women's suffrage passing in the National Assembly.”
Martha Driver is Distinguished Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at Pace University in New York City. A co-founder of the Early Book Society for the study of manuscripts and printing history, she writes about illustration from manuscript to print, book production, and the early history of publishing. In addition to publishing some 45 articles in these areas, she has edited sixteen journals over thirteen years, including Film & History: Medieval Period in Film and the Journal of the Early Book Society. Her books about pictures (from manuscripts miniatures to woodcuts to film) include The Image in Print: Book Illustration in Late Medieval England (British Library Publications and University of Toronto), An Index of Images in English MSS, fascicle four, with Michael Orr (Brepols), and The Medieval Hero on Screen and Shakespeare and the Middle Ages, with Sid Ray (McFarland).
Nancy Reagin is a Professor of History and Women’s & Gender Studies, and chair of the Department of Women’s & Gender Studies at Pace University in New York. She has published broadly in modern German history, including numerous articles and books on the history of German feminism, nationalism and national identities, and the development of European consumer cultures, nationalism and national identities, and the development of European consumer cultures. Her books include A German Women's Movement: Class and Gender in Hanover, 1880–1933 (University of North Carolina Press), The Heimat Abroad: The Boundaries of Germaness, with Renate Bridenthal and Krista O’Donnell (University of Michigan Press) , and Sweeping the Nation: Domesticity and National Identity in Germany, 1870-1945 (Cambridge University Press). She is also the editor of the Pop Culture and History series, published by Wiley & Sons.