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In Fall 2016, UT Arlington Libraries began a pilot program with faculty across campus to integrate the UTA FabLab and “maker literacies” into course curricula. We continue in Spring 2017 with five additional courses added to the pilot: Dr. Amanda Alexander’s Technology in Art Education (ART 4365), Dr. Christoph Csallner’s Object-Oriented Software Engineering (CSE 3311), Dr. David Sparks’ Multiple Teaching Practices in Mathematics and Science (EDUC 4333), Dr....

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The ELD e-forum is organized by the Mentoring Committee of the American Society for Engineering Education's Engineering Libraries Division (ELD). The e-Forum is a moderated, online discussion of topics of interest to engineering librarians. In this first e-Forum in the series, I moderated on the topic of Academic Library Makerspaces. As the moderator, I crafted a series of questions to stimulate and guide the discussion. I posed questions about academic library makerspace policies and outreach, and since I have particular interest in how makerspaces are being used in undergraduate...

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Back in September, UTA Libraries submitted a preliminary two-page proposal for an IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries planning grant to pilot test our maker-based competencies in the undergraduate curriculum. I’m very excited to announce that in early December, we received an invitation from IMLS to submit our full 10-page proposal!

The invitation (while certainly welcomed with open arms!) could not have come at a more difficult time. The submission deadline was January 13, giving us only about a month to draft and finalize the proposal. I was getting ready to go out on...

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In spring 2016 the UTA Libraries Maker Literacy Task Force (MLTF), in collaboration with the Texas Innovation Group (TIG), began developing a survey intended to gauge makerspace culture. We originally planned to survey only makerspaces in Texas, in preparation for a presentation to be delivered at the Texas Library Association’s annual conference. After more discussion about this it occurred to us that the survey could serve additional purposes beyond presenting at TLA, and decided that we would launch the survey nationally.

The survey was being designed to gather data on topics...

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At the Online Learning Consortium: Accelerate conference in November, I attended a series of events that pitted teams of educators against one another in a fast-paced competition to propose a solution to a pressing problem in online education. Teams were given a problem prompt, 15 minutes to ideate a solution, and a few minutes each to pitch their solutions to a panel of judges. There were five sessions total; the first four sessions were preliminary rounds and the fifth was the final round where winners from the preliminaries faced off against each other. Each of these sessions lasted...

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