This roundtable session will explore strategies to immerse undergraduate students in the distant past. Participants will share frameworks and guidelines for making the most of active, experiential learning in these areas: visits to collections at museums and archives, site visits through study abroad, role-playing games (such as Reacting to the Past), and incorporation of multimedia experiences (film, television, digital humanities projects online). Participants’ reflections will ground a discussion of how and why these practices lead to deeper learning and allow students to develop mature historical thinking, including (1) greater empathy across temporal distance; (2) increased understanding of cultural complexity and diversity; (3) expanded awareness of long-standing social forces and power structures; and (4) deeper contexts for contemporary problems to potentially generate better approaches and solutions. Challenges and ideas for effectively evaluating student learning will also be addressed.
Please send an abbreviated CV and participation proposal (250 words or less) that includes a brief outline of your experience(s) with specific active learning strategies, the theoretical framework or set of guidelines you would share with the audience, and any relevant challenges or questions you would like to pursue during discussion.
Keywords: active learning, study abroad, museums, archives, role-playing, multimedia
Organizer: Susan E. Hrach, Columbus State University
Deadline for proposals: May 30, 2016