Learning through Making: Emerging and Expanding Designs for College Classes

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As higher education institutions seek to prepare an increasingly diverse population of students for a rapidly changing future, makerspaces offer a pedagogical approach for engaging all learners in active thinking and hands-on learning while promoting creativity, problem solving, and collaboration skills. In this paper, we discuss ways to integrate makerspaces and maker-centered learning within undergraduate and graduate college courses that reach students from majors ranging across the college and university curriculum. We highlight four courses, each taken by students at different points within their academic programs of study: a) digital media production & 3D modeling in a first-year seminar, b) poetry writing and 3D modeling and printing in a flipped learning course, c) wiki page building workshops for future teachers, and d) learning, media, and technology undergraduate/graduate courses. Makerspace experiences are ongoing features of each course, but not in the same ways, offering models that faculty can use in adapting their courses to include more active and applied learning for students.

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Trust, T., Maloy, R.W. & Edwards, S. Learning through Making: Emerging and Expanding Designs for College Classes. TechTrends 62, 19–28 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11528-017-0214-0

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Keywords

  • Makerspaces
  • Making
  • 3D printing
  • College teaching
  • Constructionism