New website: Teaching with unique collections

Ever wondered what you could do with Shakespeare’s second folio and a bamboo pipe? These and many more objects along with innovative learning ideas are presented on a new website: Teaching with unique collections.  Made possible with a Melbourne Engagement Grant, the website provides resources, an online showcase, and a virtual setting for teaching and learning in many disciplines.

The university’s unique collections are dynamic resources brimming with opportunity to enhance student engagement, in particular, through the incorporation of object-based learning within coursework subjects. These learning opportunities range from analysing a work of art first hand to more surprising encounters, such as music to operate by.

The website features objects, books, manuscripts, works of art and other items from the university’s Prints, Rare Books and Rare Music collections, Grainger Museum, University of Melbourne Archives and University Art Collection. Visitors will also find information and ideas about some of the intriguing objects reproduced on the fa├žade of the dynamic new, and object-based learning focused Arts West building.

Image: Owen Jones, Folio plate from The grammar of ornament …, London: Day and Son, 1856. Rare Books Collection

Image: Owen Jones, Folio plate from The grammar of ornament …[detail], London: Day and Son, 1856. Rare Books Collection