Cabinet - between text and objects

Cabinet is a flexible tool designed to support the use of objects and other non-textual resources in teaching. To help students study the development of scientific thought in the seventeenth century the History Faculty used Cabinet to combine sites, objects, images, and texts. These were digital versions of fantastic resources in Oxford, primarily drawn from the Ashmolean, Museum of the History of Science, Bodleian Libraries and Oxford's built environment. Students usedĀ Cabinet as preparation for class, during lectures and tutorials, as well as revising and preparing for extended essays. Cabinet allowed them to become more comfortable and familiar with 'reading' objects alongside texts, and encouraged them to engage with museum collections both within and outside the platform. Quantitative data on the use of the site confirm its popularity and the patterns of use described by students.

It is easy for course designers to create content, and structure your course by any category - topic, Week, artistic movement - anything. And upload 'innumerable fragments of evidence'.

Cabinet allows for the analysis of innumerable fragments of evidence in the light of innumerable other fragments, small, medium, and large... potentially rendering individual study much more efficient and group study in classes and tutorials much more effective.

Professor Howard Hotson, Faculty of History

Cabinet addresses the demand for improved digital access to museum materials asĀ a powerful enhancement of the student learning experience.

Dr Giovanna Vitelli, The Ashmolean Museum

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