BCMA is pleased to offer a variety of regional workshops in various locations across the province.
If you’d like to host a workshop in your community, let us know by completing BCMA’s regional workshop request form.

2020 Schedule

Monday, February 24, 2020

The Power of Objects:  A workshop in object-based learning theory and techniques for museum and school-based educators

Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Qualicum Beach Museum, 587 Beach Rd, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 1K7
Instructor: Chris O’Connor, Learning Specialist, Royal BC Museum

See workshop description

“Harnessing the power of original, real things – that’s what learning in museums is all about.”

– Osborne (2004)

Attention museum and classroom educators!  Museums are great places to find objects from the past and explore their stories. These objects can be powerful tools to enhance and expand learning in both museum and classroom settings.

Object based learning (OBL) is a technique that museum, school and community educators can incorporate into their practice in order to build on the themes and principles laid out in the new BC Curriculum.  OBL offers rich experiences to learners of all ages and learning styles.

OBL is a unique approach that:

  • encourages group and class discussions;
  •  fosters empathy and critical thinking; and
  •  provides a direct and tangible link to the past.

Are you a museum or classroom educator interested in learning more about these techniques, but don’t know where to start?  Join us for this day-long learning opportunity offered by the BC Museums Association in partnership with the Qualicum Beach Museum.

In this educational workshop, Chris O’Connor, Learning Specialist from the Royal BC Museum, will present object-based learning strategies and historical thinking concepts that are easy to implement at your community museum or in your classroom. Together, workshop participants will consider ways to use these techniques to redesign educational programming in their museum or classroom. The topic of aligning to BC’s new curriculum will also be explored.

If you are a volunteer or professional working in a museum, or a classroom or community-based educator, this workshop is for you!

$40 for BCMA members; $90 for not-yet-members.

Register here

Stay tuned for more 2020 regional workshops!