How can we engage students with digital objects? A numismatic case study

John Shannahan*

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This paper reflects on a learning and teaching project undertaken at a large Australian university which investigated classroom use of online numismatic resources. It describes four methods of using coins in online, traditional, and blended units, discusses successes and failures, and offers recommendations for adapting the ideas elsewhere. Topics include threshold concepts, online and face-to-face discussions concerning coins, how lecture information might be supplemented with eBooks, and online quizzes. Coins showed surprising adaptability. The overall response from students and academics was positive. Trials were most successful when material aligned with specific assessment tasks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-482
Number of pages18
JournalClassical World
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Ancient history online
  • Ancient history pedagogy
  • Asynchronous learning
  • E-tivities
  • Numismatics
  • Teaching with coins


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