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experiential learning

April 5, 2019
Quadcopter frame 3D printed in the UTA Libraries FabLab

In February UTA Libraries began hosting its very own drone club. The Libraries supplied materials to construct two quadcopter drones and solicited the help of Thomas Perappadan, CSE undergraduate student and drone enthusiast, to facilitate a series of hands-on workshops where club members would learn to design, construct, program and pilot the drones.

Attendance at club meetings have ranged from five to twenty people. Students are encouraged to bring their own drones or drone kits to tinker with, or to help with the two kits supplied by the Libraries. Once completed, the two drones...

Tags: drone club, experiential learning, UTA FabLab
March 9, 2019

The UTA Libraries research coach program started in October 2016, with four students. Since that time, we've had between four and twenty students in the role of research coach each semester. Currently, we have seventeen students covering two service points: virtual reference and a physical service desk in our Central Library. Each week, the coaches cover between 250-290 service hours.

As part of the on-going training for the research coaches, we meet weekly to review what is working well and identify areas for improvement. The meetings consist of open discussion for the coaches to...

Tags: experiential learning, research coach
December 14, 2018

Once again, Dr. Christian Worlow’s English 2338 Technical Writing students participated in the Maker Literacies program. This course provides students with an introduction to technical writing and its associated skillsets. Students learn and practice writing clear and concise prose and several document types, including brochures, resumes, cover letters, memos, instructional documents, proposals, studies, and more. Many of these technical documents center on a hands-on design, prototype and fabrication project that student teams complete in the FabLab.

With opportunities to work both...

Tags: engl 2338, maker literacy, experiential learning
September 27, 2018

Did you know that UTA Libraries has an “experiential learning” program with its own event series? The Experiential Learning and Undergraduate Success (ELUS) department aims to provide rich experiences for students to “learn by doing,” hands-on, project and problem based activities that encourage them to critique and critically reflect on their participation. But that’s not what draws them in. Our events are so fun, unique and engaging that students don’t even notice that they’re learning until it’s too late!

I say “we” and “our” as a proud member of ELUS, but I have to give credit...

Tags: experiential learning
August 15, 2018

The UTA Libraries' Marketing and Communications Team created a really great video to highlight a few apps that UTA FabLab student employees have developed to help our makerspace run more smoothly. The 3-minute video was featured at the recent ISAM 2018 conference!

Not mentioned in the video is that Dr. Christoph Csallner's CSE 3311: Object-Oriented Software Engineering students have assisted with development with the FabApp for the last three semesters as part of a service learning assignment, under the leadership of Jon Le, FabLab Graduate Assistant, and Eric Olson, FabLab...

Tags: experiential learning, maker literacy, makerspaces, cse 3311