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.
- Participation in the Graduate Guide program: develop and lead at least one gallery tour.
- 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).
- Attend 5 approved OBL Workshops (a combination of Center for Teaching & Learning and Museum-based workshops).
- Create a Museum- and Object-Based teaching statement, integrating with a larger teaching philosophy.
- 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
Teaching with Native American Collections
Lucy Fowler Williams, Associate Curator, American Section
Making the Past Accessible: Objects and Special Needs Audiences
Megan Becker, Learning Programs Educator
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.