About the Team

Logo featuring a student in a graduation cap The Student Success team is exploring how they can generate meaningful opportunities for students, both inside and outside the classroom.



Team Members

  • Jacie Moriyama  Jacie Moriyama, ASSETT
  • McKell Carter  McKell Carter, PSYC
  • Michaele Ferguson  Michaele Ferguson, PSCI
  • Catherine Kunce  Catherine Kunce, PWR
  • David Paradis  David Paradis, HIST

Recent Work

Reacting conference details


We are thrilled to announce the first in-person Reacting Conference in more than two years this summer! The conference will take place from June 13-16 at the University of Colorado Boulder, and include seven game options. Additional details will be announced as soon as possible.

Registration for this in-person conference and other virtual events will launch on the Reacting Consortiums website, so bookmark their events page if you haven't already. We look forward to seeing you there!

This event is brought to you by the University of Colorado’s ASSETT Student Success Innovation Incubator team, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Reacting Consortium.


Demonstrators walk along a street holding signs demanding the right to vote and equal civil rights at the March on Washington

In spring 2021, the Student Success team was awarded a President’s Fund for the Humanities (PFH) grant for their proposal, Reenvisioning the Future of the Humanities Through the Reacting to the Past Pedagogy which seeks to promote a system-wide inquiry of thought focused on teaching and learning in the Humanities. Learn more about the team’s PFH award. 



In spring 2021, the Student Success team launched a new Gamification Community of Practice (GCoP). Are you interested in learning how others use games in their classroom? Learn more about the GCoP and attend an upcoming session!




 How Role-Immersion Games Transform College

Playing the game “Athens on the Threshold of Democracy, 403 BCE,” liberated Catherine Kunce’s understanding of how powerful a tool Reacting games can be.

One focus of the Student Success team is on exploring authentic learning through gamification, specifically Reacting to the Past. In spring 2020, Michaele Ferguson, David Paradis, and Catherine Kunce launched a reading group comprised of faculty and graduate participants from across the College of Arts & Sciences.

In January 2020, Catherine Kunce attended a Reacting Conference in Athens, Georgia, to explore how role-immersion games transform college.