University of Texas at Arlington

learning outcomes

December 28, 2018

While we still don’t have our final report to the IMLS completed, we have made significant progress. Today we are releasing the finalized list of maker competencies with an explanatory preamble and acknowledgements to those who helped in the final revisions. This is one of the major deliverables for the IMLS work, and much of what is in this document will also go into the final report. Note that not all participating faculty are named in this document, only those who provided substantive feedback specifically regarding the beta list of competencies.

The beta list has been officially...

Tags: IMLS, maker literacy, learning outcomes
June 22, 2017

Note: I'm posting this on behalf of Dr. Amanda Alexander who participated in our Spring 2017 Maker Literacies pilot with her course Art 4365 Technology in Art Education.

Project Overview

Students come through my art education courses in cohorts of 15 on average. They are in four of my courses for an entire year. This means that I build relationships with them and get to know them pretty well. While in my courses, they begin in the fall semester observing K-12 classrooms.

When students begin my spring Technology in Art Education course, they have already had 2-3 courses with...

Tags: maker literacy, art 4365, experiential learning, makerspaces, learning outcomes
June 15, 2017
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In Spring 2017 Dr. Bonnie Boardman’s Introduction to Industrial Engineering (IE 1205) students undertook an assignment in the UTA FabLab with the goal of learning about the design process by going through it in a “real life” environment. Industrial Engineers design processes more often than they design things, so the assignment was for them to design or improve a training process using the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) method.  In terms of our draft list of maker-based competencies, the steps of DMAIC include almost all of the components of the “apply design praxis...

Tags: maker literacy, ie 1205, experiential learning, makerspaces, learning outcomes
May 11, 2016
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In an attempt to find collaborators for a presentation proposal, I sent the following description to a few mailing lists:

My interest/research is in “maker literacies” and I’m investigating how makers teach and learn. This research will be used to develop assessable experiential learning outcomes to be integrated into a diverse range of course curricula at UT Arlington. By the time the Forum comes around, we will have almost completed a pilot of the program and will be able to report preliminary results. If any of you are doing similar things, let’s please...

Tags: maker literacy, experiential learning, learning theory, learning outcomes
March 15, 2016
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At this early stage, my Task Force is primarily focused on brainstorming “generic” learning outcomes that can be mapped to specific curriculum goals for broad range of disciplines. For example:

The maker literate student [defines a realistic overall plan and timeline to acquire the needed ‘thing’].

We will brainstorm a large list of these outcomes; they can be very broad or very narrow at first, we’ll group them as appropriate into larger, more general, “performance indicators” and “standards” where naturally appropriate.

The outcomes will be...

Tags: maker literacy, learning outcomes