Inquiry-based learning with Papyri and Manuscripts - Kate Cooper and Jamie Wood, December 2008

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Presentation given at postgraduate student workshop at the University of Sheffield in December 2008.

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Inquiry-based learning with Papyri and Manuscripts - Kate Cooper and Jamie Wood, December 2008

  1. 1. Inquiry-based learning with Papyri and Manuscripts Kate Cooper and Jamie Wood
  2. 2. Project: “Greek and Latin papyri as generative learning objects” <ul><ul><li>Funded by HEA Subject Centre for History, Classics and Archaeology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How we might engage students with MSS and papyri through alternative methods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inquiry-based learning – independence/ research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generative learning objects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scoping exercise </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Existing module <ul><ul><li>MA Core module for MA in Medieval History at Manchester </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research projects into individual MS/ papryus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delivered at JRULM Manchester </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LUNA image database </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Issue – engaging students with MSS/ papyri as physical objects </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. GLOs <ul><li>RLO (Reusable learning objects) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning objects that can be repeatedly reused </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple intelligences </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Generative learning objects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Similar functions as a RLO </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But, the generic model can be reused as well </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Existing GLOs <ul><li>Evaluating Multiple Interpretations: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Altar of Pergamum </li></ul></ul><ul><li>GLOs that are being developed for inquiry-based learning are aimed at lower levels </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Widening Participation/ L1/ L2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.glomaker.org/ </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Initial findings on GLOs <ul><li>Strengths </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pretty/ Engaging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Closed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Guided/ Linear </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Weaknesses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not conducive to ‘open’ inquiries/ research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Software inflexible at this stage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical issues – e.g. images </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. IBL and the object <ul><li>But…many lo-tech projects/ activities that use objects as way of engaging students in research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Museology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Egyptology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classics </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. What do you think? <ul><li>Agree/ disagree? </li></ul><ul><li>Might GLOs suitable appropriate in other cases? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have any advice on other ways we could work with MSS/ papryi at Masters level? </li></ul>

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