Teaching and Learning

The Archives and Special Collections are used to support teaching and learning at the University, with collection resources to support independent research and object-based learning (OBL) and online teaching. We work with faculty to provide resources and expertise for specific subjects; use primary sources to create active learning engagements in support of key learning outcomes; and engage with students on projects, enhancing their experience at the University through student placements.

A group of young people examining a table of artist books on black pillows
A class of students engaging with works from the Rare Books collection.

Object-Based Learning

Object-Based Learning (OBL) offers students the opportunity to work closely with manuscripts, rare books, artworks and artefacts. The University of Melbourne uses OBL to help students gain subject-specific and cross-disciplinary knowledge through experiential learning that promotes observation and engagement.

Students in Collections

Opportunities for University of Melbourne students to have more in-depth engagement with the collections through internships and special projects are available through the Collections Projects Program.

Please visit the Collections Projects Program pages for more information, including how to apply.

Young woman using conservation tools to examine dried grasses secured to paper, with writing describing the types of plants preserved.
Student assisting with Herbarium plant specimens.
Unknown makers Collection of bamboo pipes (handmade musical instruments), 20th century; bamboo, cork, lacquer, paint. 21 pipes of various dimensions Rare Music Collection

Teaching with Unique Collections

Teaching with unique collections” highlights a selection of objects from our collections with teaching resources illustrating the ways original objects can enhance teaching. Other examples of Object Based Learning used in a variety of subjects can be found in our videos from previous classes .