University Collections – Object-based learning and teaching, research and engagement - SOLD OUT

9:00am Thursday, 21 February 2019
5:30pm Thursday, 21 February 2019
Room 553
Arts West building
University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010

On 21 February 2019, CAUMAC and the University of Melbourne are hosting a one-day symposium University Collections – Object-based learning and teaching, research and engagement to be held at the  University of Melbourne. The symposium will be held in the Ashton Raggatt McDougall-designed Arts West building, in Room 553. In addition to a comprehensive program of speakers, there will be tours of a number of the University’s Cultural Collections, and the state-of -the-art object-based learning labs will be available for viewing.

The Symposium will explore the themes of university collections and their roles in teaching and learning, research and engagement, and will focus on innovative developments in object-based initiatives. Presentations will explore topics such as

  • Cross-disciplinary application of university collections in curriculum
  • Case studies demonstrating the research potential of collections
  • Collections’ value in building alumni and community relationships

The keynote address will be given by Dr Amanda Burritt, Lecturer, Master of Teaching Capstone Co-ordinator, and presenter of the Knowledge, Learning and Culture breadth subject, Melbourne Graduate School of Education.



The Symposium program is as follows:

Morning session (10.50am-12.30pm)


  • Fiona Salmon/Catherine Kevin (Flinders University)   Indigenous art in higher education: A decolonising strategy
  • Heather Gaunt (University of Melbourne)   Embedding a digital literacy activity in a museum environment in a 1st year doctor of optometry curriculum
  • Jacky Healy (University of Melbourne)    Engagement: The art of healing
  • Jen Hill (University of Melbourne)   The Editions de l’Oiseau-Lyre archive: A multi-faceted research resource
  • Kelly Gellatly/Kyla McFarlane (University of Melbourne)   Collection-based learning in the university museum: A Potter perspective
  • Naomi Mullumby/Sarah Charing/Sophie Kollo (University of Melbourne)   ABP curatorial practices and design

Lunch (12.30-1.30pm)

Tours of the object-based learning laboratories in Arts West and the opportunity to view collections and exhibitions on campus

Afternoon session A (1.30-3.10pm)


  • Carole Hinchcliff (University of Melbourne)   A story about acquiring a book with a special association to Melbourne Law School
  • Jon Buckingham (RMIT University)   RMIT sonic arts collection
  • Kerri Klumpp (University of Queensland)   Fryer Library special collections: Providing tangible pathways to research
  • Kerrianne Stone (University of Melbourne)      A macro perspective on the Print Collection: The role of printed material in teaching economic concepts
  • Melanie Fillios (University of New England)   Faunal collections and 3D models
  • Natalie Furnas (University of Adelaide)   Embedding collections within the student experience
  • Rohan Long (University of Melbourne)   Rediscovered ancient Egyptian relics inspiring multidisciplinary research at the University of Melbourne

Afternoon tea (3.10-3.30pm)

Poster presentations

  • Ben Waters (University of Melbourne/SIII)   Virtual spaces for collection learning and engagement
  • Gina Hammond/Jane Thogersen/ Andrew Simpson/Leonard Janiszewski/Eve Guerry (Macquarie University)   Unlocking the learning potential of University collections
  • Gina Hammond/Jane Thogersen (Macquarie University)   The art and the object: A case study demonstrating the potential of a multi-disciplinary community collaboration  
  • Laura Wiechula (University of Adelaide)   Online exhibitions: Utilising university curriculum to establish a digital presence
  • Peter Mitchelson (University of Melbourne)   Conserving the Louise Hanson-Dyer ‘book of autographs’
  • Rheny Pulungan/Anita Dewi/Yacinta Kurniasih (Monash University)   Authentic learning and assessment using authentic materials: An OBL collaboration between librarian, learning skills adviser and academic

Afternoon session B (3.30-5.30pm)

  • Andrew Jamieson (University of Melbourne)   Object laboratories: The Classics and Archaeology Collection and object-based learning
  • Anne Holloway (Monash University)   Displaying cross-disciplinary learning: Exhibitions as a site for OBL and flexible curriculum engagement
  • Gemma Lee (University of Melbourne)   Versatile objects: Utilising Bab Adh-Dhra’ artefacts to engage students in Near Eastern Archaeology and Religious Studies  
  • Katie Wood (University of Melbourne)   Engaging secondary school teachers in the archives of Australian literature
  • Michael Rampe (Macquarie University/Pedestal)   Capturing context: Scanning the field as object data
  • Nicole Tse/Marcelle Scott (University of Melbourne)   Object biographies: An academic coalition of interdisciplinary teaching
  • Olivia Meehan (University of Melbourne)   Reading, language and visual literacy: The practice of seeing and describing a work of art
  • Sharon Volk (University of Melbourne)   Object-based learning: An aspirational educational pathway for disadvantaged students in rural Victoria



  • Free for CAUMAC members (join CAUMAC - you must be a member of Museums Galleries Australia and logged in)
  • $28 for members of Museums Galleries Australia (you must be logged in to get the member rate)
  • $35 all others


How to register:

  • Complete the required information below and proceed to the checkout.
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  • CAUMAC members will receive a discount code by email which can be entered in at the checkout to get the free rate. 
  • Non-members will be required to create a webfriend account for invoicing purposes.
  • You will receive a confirmation email.


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