Makerspace technologies can help faculty to build a richer and more engaging learning experience for students. The Makerspace in the Digital Scholarship Center and the Innovation Space 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 Makerspace tools at the Digital Scholarship Center and Innovation Space, such as immersive media technology (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 2018 or spring 2019 without passing the cost on to the students.
Faculty receiving the grant commit to participation in any necessary pedagogical or technological training on using the tools from the Center for the Advancement of Teaching or the Digital Scholarship Center/Innovation Space 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 August 1, 2018 for the fall 2018 semester or December 1, 2018 for the spring 2019 semester. Piloting the chosen tool in a class in fall 2018 or spring 2019. Submitting a one-page project completion report within a month of end of the semester.
Applications are due by April 9, 2018.