The workshop introduces you to a structured method for object-based teaching and learning, a cross-disciplinary pedagogical strategy based on the close investigation of artefacts, specimens and art works in museum collections and in the urban landscape, but also manuscripts, books and documents in libraries and archives, intended as "portals" of knowledge.

Target group: University teachers.

In the workshop, you will experience object-based learning by testing a ready-made format, from pre class preparation to group work. With the aid of a basic observation scheme, you will describe and analyse a few selected artefacts and discuss your findings with the other participants. What kind of knowledge may you reach through this method? How much information about historical and cultural meaning may be grasped beyond an object's materiality and form? What additional information would you need for a full understanding of the object's value in its original context, and where would you search for it? What artefacts in your own field of teaching could be used as material for object-based learning?

Date and time November 29th 2018: at 13-16
Venue Östasiatiska museet
Language English
Workshop leader Anna Bortolozzi and Magdalena Holdar, senior lecturers in art history at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
Reference literature To be announced


CeUL offers workshops for all teachers at Stockholm University on a variety of teaching and learning topics. They are designed to meet the needs of both seasoned professionals and newcomers. Each session offers the opportunity to discuss shared experiences and knowledge with colleagues.


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Space is limited, so please be sure to register for any workshops you wish to attend. Participation is free of charge.

Registration for the workshop Object-Based Learning: Strategies to Enhance Students' Observational Skills