Teaching with Things

Teaching with Things leverages img_0921 Harvard’s unique archival, library, and museum collections in the pursuit of a flexible, scalable approach to representing the material and sensory attributes of three dimensional objects, to building “artifactual interfaces,” to annotating three-dimensional objects, and to exploring relationships among objects and multimedia data sets. Funded by the Hauser Initiative for Learning and Teaching, the project supports and promotes collections-based teaching, research and training with categories of objects that are rarely if ever accessible. The technologies involved include photogrammetry, 3D scanning, multimedia annotation and presentation tools, as well as the construction of hardware for the rapid scanning and animate gif generation.A number of courses are being supported and employed for user-testing by Teaching with Things over the course of the 2012-2013 academic year. These include Romance Studies 220, Fragments of a Material History of Literature, taught by Jeffrey Schnapp and Matthew Battles in fall 2012.