A ‘tangible dimension’: Learning by making, listening, and tasting
Gojko Barjamovic, Lecturer on Assyriology, increases student learning in ANE 103 Ancient Lives by designing activities to engage students’ full range of senses. “To convince people to commit a semester of study to ancient history, you have to make it meaningful."
Students in ANE 103, through music and taste connected with the ancients. Barjamovic, a lecturer on Assyriology and instructor for Ancient Lives noted that the class demonstration with the musical instrument replicas sent a clear message that “music is one of the baselines of human existence. There isn’t a culture on this planet that doesn’t have music, and here we have the chance to hear a piece of it over a distance of 3,500 years.” Read more about NELC course Ancient Near East 103 in Harvard Gazette: watch video
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