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Over the last year I've been busy with our Maker Literacies IMLS-funded pilot program Maker Competencies and the Undergraduate Curriculum and unfortunately have had little time to post to our blog. Now that we've come to the end of the pilot, I truly plan to remedy this with exciting new content!

The grant team will be spending the summer conducting our analysis and writing our report to the IMLS. I've got some preliminary analysis to share in this post, and will post more over the summer as our results begin to gel. By the end of September 2018 we will have launched an official...

Tags: IMLS, maker literacy, experiential learning
Pitch of the Week logo

Congratulations to Tricia Boucher, Texas State University, and Kristina Krengel, Birdville ISD, for their outstanding performance in the Pitch of the Week (POW!) contest at Texas Library Association Annual Conference! Their team, The Pop Culture Homages, came up with the idea for the “Beat Box Blender Bar,” a method for creating mixed drinks from a set of three remote-controlled blenders that create musical beats. As you make music using the wireless remote controlled blenders, you also mix drinks! (at least, I think that was the idea!)

More about POW! at TLA 2018, including the...

Tags: POW!, experiential learning, TLA2018
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Dr. Christopher Kribs is a Distinguished Teaching Professor and Distinguished Research Professor in the Departments of Mathematics and Curriculum & Instruction at UTA, and he teaches math education courses at the K-8 and middle school grade levels, as well as mathematical biology and differential equations. During Fall 2017, he taught EDML 4372: Mathematics in The Middle Level Grades and piloted the course through the UTA Libraries’ Maker Literacies Program. Dr. Kribs has provided us the following report about this experience.


EDML 4372 Maker Literacies Pilot Project By Dr...
Tags: maker literacy, edml 4372, experiential learning, makerspaces, time management
IE 4340-001 Fall 2017 Team 1 Project Photos

One group of competencies identified in our set of beta maker competencies is “Assembling effective teams.” This group includes the following learning outcomes:

The maker literate student

recognizes opportunities to collaborate with others evaluates the costs & benefits of “Doing-it-Together” (DIT) vs. “Doing-it-Yourself” (DIY) seeks team members with skills appropriate for specific project requirements joins a team where his/her skills are sought and valued solicits advice, knowledge and specific skills succinctly from experts

This group of competencies poses an...

Tags: maker literacy, ie 4340, experiential learning, makerspaces, assembling teams
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Dr. Christian Worlow is a Senior Lecturer and Internship Coordinator for the Department of English at UTA, and he teaches courses in British literature and technical writing. During Fall 2017, he taught two technical writing courses: ENGL 2338: Technical Writing, and ENGL 3372: Computers and Writing. He piloted both of these courses through the UTA Libraries Maker Literacies Program. Dr. Worlow has provided us the following report about this experience.


Technical Writing & Maker Literacies By Dr. Christian Worlow, UTA English

In teaching courses like these, I adopt a...

Tags: maker literacy, engl 2338, engl 3372, service learning, experiential learning