GFD International Collaboration Series Vol. 1: Innovative Curriculum Design through Object-Based Learning (with the University of Melbourne)

November 14, 2023


Type Lecture
Intended for Enrolled students / International students / University students / Academic and Administrative Staff
Date(s) November 24, 2023 13:30 — 17:00
Location Komaba Area Campus
Venue Komaba Active Learning Studio (KALS)
Capacity 25 people
Entrance Fee No charge
Registration Method Advance registration required

25 seats; first come, first served. If you want to attend a dinner meeting with the guest speakers from 18:00 @ KIBER 313, please RVSP by 11.16(Thu)

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Registration Period November 13, 2023 — November 17, 2023

GFD International Collaboration Series Vol. 1: Innovative Curriculum Design through Object-Based Learning (with the University of Melbourne)

Date: Tuesday, November 24th, 13:30-17:00
Venue: Komaba Active Learning Studio (KALS)
Language: English
Speaker: Andrea Dodo-Balu, Olivia Meehan
Organizer: Global Faculty Development


In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the basics of object-based learning (OBL) and explore how they might incorporate them into their classes. OBL is an active learning model that supports the development of transferable skills such as communication and teamwork and connects these skills with abstract and creative thinking. Specifically, OBL involves interacting with cultural materials, everyday objects, and works of art during learning activities and activating visual literacy, observation, touch, and listening. Engaging with ideas abstractly through OBL presents students with opportunities to experiment with knowledge and consider their role in shaping future thinking. Reflecting upon the challenges students face in articulating complex ideas that emerge from deep observation, this workshop invites participants to consider the practice of object inspired thinking and its potential role in promoting transformative learning.

Speaker Bio

Andrea Dodo-Balu is currently an Asia-Pacific regional Vice-President of the Convenings Committee for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She holds a Doctorate in Higher Education and a Master of Education in language teaching and international education from Murdoch University. Her research focuses on the impact of higher education policies and systems on the experiences of students and academic staff involved in face-to-face or on-line learning, and examines implications for access and equity in the higher education setting.

Olivia Meehan received her MPhil and PhD in the History of Art from the University of Cambridge, King's College. Her graduate research focused on the circulation of cultural material and ideas in early modern Europe and Japan. She has also trained at the V&A Museum London (International Initiatives) in Creating Innovative Learning Programmes. Since graduating she has worked in museums and galleries, and as a lecturer and tutor in the History of Art. Her current research focuses on Observation, Imagination and Slow Looking.

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