Innovative Teaching with Makerspace Technology Grant
Interested faculty can register for a webinar on March 20, 2020, where we will discuss how to apply for the grant and work our way through a typical 3D modeling workshop.
Makerspace technologies can help faculty to build a richer and more engaging learning experience for students. The Makerspace in the Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio (LCDSS) provides a hands-on environment in which students can work with a variety of digital fabrication tools, virtual reality and electronics technologies in order to explore and develop new ideas. The LCDSS tools, such as immersive media techonology (virtual reality), 3D reconstructions, text-mining, mapping and GIS software, can be embedded in assignments and projects in order to help students learn and receive hands-on experience with the kinds of technologies they may use in the future. Some of these are free for students and faculty to use, but others involve costs associated with the materials needed to use the tools. This grant allows faculty interested in exploring ways to use makerspace technologies the possibility to try them in fall 2020 or spring 2021 without passing the cost on to the students.
Faculty committed to:
- Receiving any necessary pedagogical or technological training on using the tools from the LCDSS or the Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT) before the semester in which the tool is implemented. Support may include meeting with a consultant to plan effective use of the tool.
- Testing the use of the tool before implementing in the classroom.
- Submitting a syllabus plan for implementation by Auguat 1, 2020 for the fall 2020 semester or December 1, 2020 for the spring 2021 semester.
- Piloting the chosen tool in a class in fall 2020 or spring 2021.
- Submitting a one-page project completion report within a month of the end of the semester.
- Group and individual support and training in how to effectively use makerspace technologies to engage students and help them to learn.
- Up to $3,000 to cover the cost of materials needed to implement these technological projects in the pilot semester. Amount depends on number of students and type of technology chosen.
- Opportunity to present on your experiences with the technologies at the Annual Conference on Teaching Excellence in January 2021 and/or the Scholars Studio Digital Showcase in April 2021.
Please respond to each of the following questions in fewer than 250 words.
- Which makerspace tool would you like to use in your classroom? In which class will you be using it? How do you envision using it?
- Explain how the use of this makerspace tool will improve engagement and/or learning for your students. How might it be an improvement over your current practice?
- How will you help your students develop the skills needed to use the tool effectively?
- Describe your experience with the use of technology for teaching.
- What is the timeline for implementation of the tool.
- Provide an estimated cost for the project. A LCDSS consultant can help you with this task. Remember to think about the number of students who will need to use the tools and whether they will be individual or group projects.
Note: A consultation may be helpful to help you consider these questions. To set up a consultation, please contact David Ross, the Makerspace Manager, at email@example.com.
Once you have completed this section of the application, please submit your document as a Word Document or PDF. Applications are due by April 13, 2020.
This grant is sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching, the Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio and University Libraries.
Applications are due by April 13, 2020.
For questions, please contact Stephanie Laggini Fiore, Assistant Vice Provost CAT, at firstname.lastname@example.org.