University of Texas at Arlington


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
January 5, 2018
image of jigsaw puzzle with learning written accross

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
December 22, 2017
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
December 13, 2017

A team from UTA Libraries is leading a pilot study comprised of six library makerspaces from across the country to investigate the effectiveness of early-stage maker-based competencies in undergraduate learning, stemming from work developed by a UTA Libraries task force. The Maker Competencies and the Undergraduate Curriculum project is funded by a $49,800 National Leadership Grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Go to UTA News to read the full press release.

Tags: IMLS, maker literacy, makerspaces
November 22, 2017

I am happy to announce that we have successfully chosen our partners for the IMLS grant-funded Maker Competencies and the Undergraduate Curriculum pilot study. It was a lengthy process, and a hard choice given the amazing selection of academic library makerspaces that we had to consider, each of which had some unique quality that made them stand out from the others.

Lucky for us, we had enough left over from our travel funds to invite a fifth partner, making six total universities that will be participating in this exciting pilot program in the spring semester.

Tara Radniecki...

Tags: IMLS, maker literacy, makerspaces, experiential learning