Introduction to object-based learning
Why it works and how to get started
Dodo bones, original manuscripts and Roman sandals are not just priceless treasures tucked away in UCL's museums and special collections; they are invaluable educational tools.
With five collections open to the public, prized literary and art collections and a growing digital library at its disposal, UCL enjoys a unique position from which to promote object-based learning (OBL) in its teaching.
Using objects in teaching
can develop core skills including teamwork, evidence-based learning and
communication, as well as key research skills such as data collection and
analysis, practical observation and drawing skills, literature review
techniques and subject-specific knowledge. It can also trigger innovative
Opportunities at UCL
Expert curators at UCL have created a wide range of ready-made projects, and they are keen to develop customised sessions for departments to give more access to the collections. Object-based learning resources at UCL include:
A great place to start. The Museums Moodle page provides a wealth of resources including quick guides, case studies, slide shows and searchable online databases of UCL collections.
All of UCL’s museums and collections can be used to support learning. Visit the Museums & Collections pages to learn about what resources are available and to select a collection to visit.
With help from JISC, a range of UCL objects have been presented in digital formats for use as teaching resources. The range includes collections of anatomical drawings, high-resolution portraits and artwork related to the French Revolution.
Dr Alice Stevenson (Curator, UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology) explains how two undergraduate internships at one of the university’s museums have helped staff to explore how learners of any discipline might engage with object-based research and learning.
Published: Jun 15, 2016 4:11:21 PM
George Richards (UCL Public and Cultural Engagement) shares what happened when students learned about the heart through two watercolours painted by a UCL professor of surgery and artist.
Published: Feb 24, 2016 1:44:43 PM
Dr Andrew Cook (UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science) discusses the way he uses video to 'tell the story' of heart morphology with video equipment and his technique which may have application in your area of teaching.
Published: Jul 31, 2015 2:35:19 PM
Dr Helen Chatterjee, Senior Lecturer in Biology and Deputy Director of Museums, explains why there are so many puzzled-looking students in the Grant Museum of Zoology.
Published: Aug 9, 2014 3:13:00 PM