Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Professor Yaron Eliav from the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan primarily concentrates on Jewish studies, ancient Judaism, rabbinic literature, and archeology. Professor Yaron Eliav, who earned his PhD at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, is currently leading a project that was awarded a Transforming Learning for Third Century (TLTC) grant.
The TLTC initiative funds faculty projects that demonstrate capacity to transform learning for students. The project that Professor Eliav heads is titled Changing the Way We Teach the Ancient World. The project team is made up of faculty and researchers from three different units of the University of Michigan: the Department of Near Eastern Studies, the Kelsey Museum of Archeology, and the Language Resource Center.
Through the integration of a hands-on-experience at the Kelsey Museum, the project intends to improve the learning environment of undergraduate students who are studying the ancient world. Specifically, the project is designed to take students away from a passive role in learning and engage them in physical interaction with archeological artifacts. The project will also be integrate new educational tools with existing, seldom used IT resources to enable active investigative participation of students.