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Learning with objects and collections: Multimodal pedagogies and assessments

06 November 2019, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm

Learning with objects

How can material culture and museum collections help to transform our higher education curricula? Dr Thomas Kador from UCL’s interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (BASc) programme talks about his work on designing modules that enable experiential learning by putting objects and collections at their core.

This event is free.

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UCL Centre for Multimodal Research


Room 746
UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
20 Bedford Way

Object-based learning (OBL) is a relatively new pedagogy involving facilitated interaction with material culture for educational purposes, and can be conducted with any material object. In this seminar, Dr Kador outlines the key pedagogical bases for OBL and focuses on its application in higher education. 

Drawing examples from the BASc modules 'Object Lessons' and 'Arts, Nature and Wellbeing', Dr Kador discusses how material objects that form part of museums and heritage collections tend to offer particularly strong opportunities for learner engagement. The presentation also focuses on how an object-based approach to teaching can facilitate multimodal assessment methods.

The session is an opportunity to rethink our learning environments and consider ways to facilitate experiential and multimodal approaches to higher education.

Visual and Multimodal Research Forum  

This event is organised by the Visual and Multimodal Research Forum, a research hub for academic discussion on multimodality run by the UCL Centre for Multimodal Research.


About the Speaker

Dr Thomas Kador

Dr Kador is a a Senior Teaching Fellow and Departmental Tutor on UCL’s interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (BASc) programme. He leads on a number of core and elective modules, including the second year Object Lessons and the final year Arts, Nature and Wellbeing, both building on an experiential learning framework. His research covers archaeology and the use of material culture, especially in HE curricula.

More about Dr Thomas Kador