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Thursday, March 19 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
How to Make It in Education: Integrating Makerspaces into the Curriculum

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Makerspaces offer space and tools for individuals to explore ways of making and to tinker and create for their own enjoyment. However, in educational settings, they can also support academic making activities, where students learn how to use equipment and create items as part of class assignments. There are academic areas, such as art or engineering, that may lend themselves to creative efforts. But how can making and makerspaces be integrated more widely into the curriculum?

This session will discuss how the staff at an academic library approached encouraging faculty to create makerspace-related assignments. With the support of the university center for teaching and learning, the library staff led a multi-disciplinary faculty learning community in examining making assignments and then creating their own and implementing them in their courses. The session will address both the process of creating and assessing the assignments as well as the context and expectations of assigning them to students. Following the implementation and assessment of the assignments, the faculty learning community members then offered guidance to other faculty on how they could approach this work in their own courses.

In addition to their work with the faculty learning community, the presenters will share a wealth of resources drawn from higher education and K-12 makerspace literature and makerspaces on how instructors are including making activities in their courses to meet learning objectives. They will also share how makerspace competencies can be a useful tool for connecting learning outcomes with making activities when creating and assessing assignments.

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John Burke

Library Director, Miami University Middletown
John J. Burke is the author of the Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion (ALA, 2019) and Makerspaces: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018). His scholarship centers on makerspaces, LMS embedded librarianship, and technology for library staff. John is the... Read More →

Thursday March 19, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Olin-Rice 250