Innovative Teaching with Makerspace Technology Grant Sponsored by the Digital Scholarship Center/Innovation Space, University Libraries and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT)

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 2019 or spring 2020 without passing the cost on to the students.

Faculty commit to:

  • Receiving any necessary pedagogical or technological training on using the tools from the Digital Scholarship Center/Innovation Space or the Center for the Advancement of Teaching 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, 2019 for the fall 2019 semester or December 1, 2019 for the spring 2020 semester.
  • Piloting the chosen tool in a class in fall 2019 or spring 2020.
  • Submitting a one-page project completion report within a month of end of the semester.

Benefits:

  • 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.
  • Possibility to present on your experiences with the technologies at a CAT event.

Apply for the Innovative Teaching with Makerspace Technology Grant now!

Applications are due by May 6, 2019.

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