November 16, 2013

University of Stirling app

A student on placement from the MSc in Computing at the University of Stirling has created an app which enables visitors to access information about sculptures in the University’s Art Collection, unlocking additional information such as films and audio files and locating other sculpture on campus.

November 16, 2013

Collections of UCL Art Museum

The collections of UCL Art Museum serve as teaching resources for a wide range of disciplines including English, Geography and Advanced Philosophy of Science. In surveys across a range of UCL disciplines, 67% of students say that object-based learning is a more effective way of learning than listening to a talk or lecture.

November 16, 2013

Hunterian Associates Programme

The Hunterian Associates Programme, University of Glasgow provides an inventive platform for postgraduate researchers to share their expert knowledge with a wider public audience and to develop their experience and skills in public engagement. By developing creative ways to discuss and debate their ideas with the broader public, Hunterian Associates enhance their perspectives on their own research, and explore ways in which their subject knowledge connects to the University’s collections and their histories. The programme has inspired and informed the development of new collaborations where researchers gain tangible experience working with industrial, cultural and heritage partners. In 2013, the Programme was nominated for a prestigious Times Higher Education Award in the Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers category.

November 16, 2013

Object Based Learning for Higher Education

Object Based Learning for Higher Education (OBL4HE) is a collaborative project between UCL Museums and University of Reading Museums. New learning resources have been developed around the combined museums’ collections, underpinned by around 150,000 digital object records. These resources are tailored to meet the needs of higher education students, and are available for other educational use across the wider HE sector. Examples include Vertebrate Diversity for Life Sciences students, Portrait Highlights based on Art collections, and resources aimed at Museum Studies students on topics such as the ethics of displaying animal and human remains. These Open Educational Resources (OERs) are already being used in 20 modules for teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels across both institutions.

November 16, 2013

Arthur Silver Award

The Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture at Middlesex University instigated the Arthur Silver Award, an undergraduate prize which encourages Art, Design and Media students to use the Museum’s collections for inspiration. The collections are an excellent resource for visual research leading to students’ own creative practice. This annual prize has substantially raised students’ awareness and use of the collections. In 2012-13 the number of Middlesex students visiting either individually or in groups increased fivefold, while analysis of the website suggests that they are engaging deeply with the collections online, that they return to the website often, and that website visits are frequently followed up by visits in person. The Museum’s goal is to maximise the potential of the collections as a source of creative inspiration, leading to enhanced student achievement and employability.

November 16, 2013

Object-based Learning

Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge has developed a fruitful collaboration with the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education, enabling object-based learning to be embedded in the teaching of all Primary PGCE students, and subject specific Secondary PGCE students including English, Religious Studies and Modern Foreign Languages. In 2013, more than 200 students took part in sessions with museum staff, who demonstrated the principles and practice of object-based learning. Students carry out structured placements in museums across Cambridge, developing their own teaching resources and exploring how the diverse collections can be used to enrich and extend their future professional practice.

More than 100 University Museums are open to the public in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

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