Object-Based Learning Masterclass
OBL Labs, level 2
Object-based learning (OBL) is a mode of education which involves the use of authentic or replica objects in the learning environment. The University of Melbourne uses specimens, artefacts, artworks, manuscripts, rare books and archives in its OBL teaching. Since 2010 OBL has been used at the Ian Potter Museum of Art by the Academic Programs team who teach visual observation and describing to all disciplines and faculties at the University.
Research into OBL has found that the use of objects can inspire, inform, engage and motivate learners at all stages of their education. Engaging with objects encourages the use of all senses and helps develop the important skill of drawing conclusions based on examination of evidence. This multi-sensory approach also has proven to enhance the relationship between the learning experience and memory, creating long-lasting connections.
The Arts West OBL laboratories were opened in 2017. They provide greater access to the University of Melbourne’s many cultural collections for the purposes of teaching and research and offer students a unique learning space.
Join us for an exclusive look at these exceptional teaching spaces, which are otherwise not publicly accessible. In this masterclass Fiona Moore will introduce you to the object labs, and Sharyn Volk will lead a hands-on investigation allowing you the opportunity to engage with rare ancient artefacts out of their display cases.
Sharyn Volk, PhD Candidate
University of Melbourne
Sharyn Volk is a PhD Candidate in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies and has been leading classes in the Arts West objectbased learning laboratories since the building opened. Her PhD thesis is investigating the intention and function of ancient Egyptian funerary figurines. Sharyn manages a project that offers disadvantaged rural secondary students an OBL experience in their own schools and in the Arts West laboratories.
Fiona Moore, Coordinator, Object Based Learning and Collections Management for Arts West, Faculty of the Arts, University of Melbourne
Coordinator, Object Based Learning and Collections Management for Arts West, Faculty of the Arts, University of Melbourne
University of Melbourne
Fiona Moore is the inaugural Coordinator, Object Based Learning and Collections Management for Arts West in the Faculty of the Arts at the University of Melbourne. In this role she is responsible for developing object based learning opportunities across the Faculty, liaising with academics and staff from the University’s Cultural Collections to embed the collections into the Faculty’s teaching programs. She also manages the cultural objects and displays that are located throughout the Arts West building. She has a BA (Hons) in Art History, a Postgraduate Diploma in Art Curatorship and Museum Management and a Masters in Fine Arts (Research) all obtained from the University of Melbourne. She has worked as a sessional subject coordinator and guest lecturer in the Masters of Art Curatorship Program at the University. She has extensive experiencing working in the museum and gallery sector in the area of registration and collections management having held positions at the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, Arts Centre Melbourne, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and the Ian Potter Museum of Art. Fiona is also PhD candidate in Art History in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne completing a dissertation on the history and development of the National Gallery of Victoria Art School.