Faculty & Teaching

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Jim Bonk, Visiting Assistant Professor, Chinese Studies and History, and his class using the CWAM collections for object-based learning in Spring 2016.

The College of Wooster Art Museum as a Teaching Resource

Student learning in the CWAM focuses on Object-Based Learning (OBL). This approach to the study of visual culture grounds discussion, contextual research, and writing within the "exhibit" or object.

Wooster faculty have a variety of options for using the museum as a site for active learning. These include class tours facilitated by CWAM staff, selecting and using permanent collection materials in class, developing an exhibition as an integral aspect of a class, and participating in exhibition development.

Additionally, the GLCA supported object-based learning pedagogical resource TEACH VISUAL is a centralized web repository that shares best practices for object-based learning in a higher education, liberal arts context. TEACH VISUAL was developed by faculty and museum staff at DePauw College, Oberlin College, and The College of Wooster, and contains contributions that focus on collaborative teaching and learning across disciplines. It includes teaching resources such as syllabi, lesson plans, assignments, and other pedagogical tools for object-based learning.

Please note that Wooster faculty can schedule a class tour or collections use outside of regular museum hours. Contact Kitty McManus Zurko, CWAM Director/Curator, to make arrangements. If you need additional information or would like to arrange a group tour, please contact Kitty or call Rose Seling at 330-263-2388.

How do I set up class tours?

To arrange a facilitated class tour, call or email Kitty to make arrangements. If you would like to have a class meet in the galleries without a tour, please let the CWAM staff know in case there is another scheduled class meeting at the same time. To reiterate, class tours are available outside of the CWAM's posted hours.

How do I select materials from the collection for teaching?

To use permanent collection materials in a class, call or email Kitty McManus Zurko, Director/Curator, or Doug McGlumphy, Preparator/Collections Manager, and describe what you are interested in and your preferred dates for the class visit. CWAM staff will work with you to search the collections, provide suggestions, and facilitate your class visit and collection use in either the galleries or a classroom in Ebert Art Center.

How to do I develop a course-integrated exhibition project?

This type of student learning opportunity is usually planned a year in advance and can range from the CWAM  developing an exhibition that supports a theme or symposium to developing student-curated exhibitions. If you have an idea for an exhibition project or don't know how to start the process, contact Kitty to discuss your ideas and interests.