University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Student Research at the Penn Museum

The Penn Museum Certificate in Object-Based Teaching and Learning provides a formalized opportunity for University of Pennsylvania graduate students in Museum-related disciplines to develop their skills in teaching with collections and material culture. The Penn Museum, as a world-class institution with diverse collections, is the ideal partner for formalizing pedagogical training in Object-Based Learning (OBL), to unify the disparate fields using the Museum, and to provide recognition of graduate students’ ability to teach with Museum objects and collections.

Certificate Requirements

  1. Participation in the Graduate Guide program: develop and lead at least one gallery tour.
  2. Develop and execute an hour-long OBL classroom activity (including but not limited to leading a recitation in the Collections Study Room, Virtual or International Classroom, extra-curricular workshop, or Preceptorial).
  3. Attend 5 approved OBL Workshops (a combination of Center for Teaching & Learning and Museum-based workshops).
  4. Create a Museum- and Object-Based teaching statement, integrating with a larger teaching philosophy.

Optional Activities

  • Shadow or participate in a K-12 education tour, workshop, or teacher professional development offering through the Learning Programs department.
  • Volunteer for Cartifacts, at a World Culture Day, or another Public Programs offering.
  • Write a post for the Penn Museum blog on teaching in the Museum.

Eligibility: Any current University of Pennsylvania graduate student.

Fall 2018 OBL Workshops

10/24 Teaching with Native American Collections
Lucy Fowler Williams, Associate Curator, American Section
11/27 Making the Past Accessible: Objects and Special Needs Audiences
Megan Becker, Learning Programs Educator
12/4 Teaching with Objects for the Non-Major
Katherine Moore, CAAM Teaching Specialist in Archaeozoology

*All workshops are held from 12-1pm in Classroom 2. Bring your lunch, we will provide drinks and sweets.


Academic Engagement Department


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