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Expanding OBL outside the university

Expanding OBL outside the university

In the previous step, we introduced the practice of Object-based Learning (OBL) at KeMCo. I’ve heard that in regions like the UK and Australia, where Object-based Learning is actively being implemented, universities are moving beyond the traditional academic framework to apply OBL in areas like well-being. Also, there are instances where faculty members involved in OBL participate in the construction of local community archives as part of their curriculum. Does this imply that OBL resonates closely with everyday life or community-related activities?

[Please take a look at the links introducing some examples]

Object-led Wellbeing: Mobilising Museum Collections for Social Good, by Judy Willcocks

Lunch Hour Lecture: Object-based learning and wellbeing: a case for slow and authentic education

Indeed. The direction of Object-based Learning inherently focuses on the participant or learner, so it aligns well with the concept of well-being. Instead of being presented with a singular perspective, OBL encourages an individual’s unique way of viewing objects. This learner-centric approach is intrinsic to OBL.

So, it might be especially suitable for workshops aimed at revitalizing local collections. Instead of passively engaging with what’s presented, it offers an opportunity to think and relate personally. There’s significant value when someone engages directly, rather than being told by an instructor from the get-go. It makes the experience deeply personal.

In the context of community collection-building, I believe this holds tremendous significance.

So, can we consider OBL as a key, or perhaps a gateway, to engaging with collections? Once that connection is made, not only with a particular artwork, but with other pieces as well, learners can find relevance. I felt that, beyond a single workshop, learners can continuously engage with collections in their daily lives.

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Akichi in Collections Management: Perspectives from a Japanese University Museum

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