University of Texas at Arlington


Thinking Beyond the Stacks

At last year’s TX STEM Librarians Conference, I introduced UT Arlington Libraries’ Maker Literacies Pilot Program and the Maker Literacies Task Force. That presentation covered the goals and objectives of the Task Force, early-stage work and lessons learned in the research and discovery phase. We have come a long way since then. We have piloted nine undergraduate courses into the Maker Literacies Program, all of which use the UTA FabLab either wholly or in-part for completion of a major assignment. These nine courses include three from English, two from Industrial Engineering, and one each...

Tags: maker literacy, STEM South

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
image of jigsaw puzzle with learning written accross

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
Maker Faire Barcelona logo

I’m writing to highlight what I consider to be a huge success story for our beta Maker Literacies Program at UTA Libraries. I just learned that Christine Adame is at the Barcelona Maker Faire teaching the “Easy Screenprinting with Vinyl” workshop that she developed as part of her assignment in the Maker Literacies Program!

Christine Adame facilitating her CNC Vinyl Cut Screen Printing workshop at UTA FabLab.

Have you ever wanted to screenprint a cool shirt or poster with your own design? It's easier than you think! Learn how...

Tags: maker literacy, maker faire, makerspaces, experiential learning, art 4392

In Fall 2016, the Libraries began a series of pop-up experiential learning events during which attendees would engage in design thinking and creating projects. The focus of the series were relevant, low risk activities that would introduce students to ideation, testing, and a fail fast philosophy, couched in a fun topic that was relevant to their lives and interests. Events included cooking with residence hall approved appliances, mask and costume making, vinyl cutting room décor, and simple lifehacks that could improve their lives.

The process for planning and executing these...

Tags: experiential learning, making, pop-ups, POW!