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Andrew Goss, PhD, and Ruth McClelland-Nugent, PhD, of Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, discuss the value of "Reacting to the Past" in the latest episode of "Speaking of Higher Ed."

Step into the past: Augusta University experts explore engaging, effective pedagogy of ‘Reacting to the Past’

In the latest episode of Speaking of Higher Ed, an innovative teaching technique takes center stage: “Reacting to the Past,” also known as reacting.

This groundbreaking pedagogy has been steadily gaining popularity, revolutionizing the way complex historical and contemporary issues are taught. By immersing students in role-playing games, it manages to both engage and effectively educate them on a profound level, experts say.

The newest episode features two esteemed guests who are experts in the field: Andrew Goss, PhD, professor of history, and Ruth McClelland-Nugent, PhD, chair of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy in Augusta University’s Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience as history educators, offering valuable insights into the captivating world of “Reacting to the Past.”

During the enlightening discussion, they share their personal experiences implementing this groundbreaking teaching methodology in their own courses. They emphasize the numerous benefits it offers and provide valuable resources for faculty members who wish to incorporate this dynamic approach into their curriculum.

The versatility of reacting is noteworthy, as it spans across various subjects, including STEM topics, art, religion and more. Its immersive nature enables students to explore a wide range of topics and gain a deeper understanding of complex issues.

Listeners are encouraged to tune in and embark on this journey of discovery. The show page provides easy access to the mentioned resources.

Speaking of Higher Ed is produced by the Center for Instructional Innovation at Augusta University.

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