University of Texas at Arlington


Thinking Beyond the Stacks

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I've completed the data analysis for my project about comparing undergraduate student self-confidence before and after participation in the UTA Libraries Pitch of the Week (POW!) Contest.

There were 25 matched pairs of pre- and post-self-evaluations. I initially believed that student self confidence would get a boost from exposure to the competition and that student self confidence would increase in each of the five categories. When comparing all pre- and post-evaluation averages, we find that this holds true for all but the teamwork category, which decreased. The teamwork skill...

Tags: experiential learning, POW!

On Wednesday, Morgan Chivers (our FabLab Artist in Residence and technician extraordinaire) and I presented to the 2017 Annual Amigos Member Conference!

Morgan and I want to thank Amigos for inviting us to present at their conference. Our session was very well attended and gave us a platform to talk about our vision of "Maker Literacies" and outline the UTA Libraries Maker Literacies Task Force's efforts to create a Maker Literacies Program at UT Arlington. Our presentation covered the goals of the Task Force, the work we've done so far, lessons learned, challenges faced, and plans...

Tags: amigos, maker literacy

My team has been awarded a $50k IMLS grant to expand and test our maker literacies program at other universities! Over the summer we will be identifying our program partners. We'll specifically be looking for other academic library makerspaces with strong faculty relations in order to pilot this exciting program in their undergraduate courses. UN-Reno is already a partner (Tara Radniecki at UNR helped with the grant proposal), and we'll be seeking three more for a total of five Universities.

Here is the full press release on the UTA Website.


Tags: maker literacy, makerspaces, experiential learning, IMLS
TxLA 2017 Conference Logo

Although I had to cancel my presentation on the State of Make: Texas, which was to be an overview of results from our 2016 makerspace survey, I still had the pleasure of co-presenting with my department head, Gretchen Trkay and our FabLab director, Katie Musick Peery, on a panel about integrating maker literacies into experiential learning assignments. We presented the background of the Maker Literacies initiative, current work in progress, and future goals.

UT Arlington Libraries was well represented at this year's TxLA conference. In addition to our panel, Katie also served on...

Tags: UTA FabLab, Texas Library Association, maker literacy, makerspaces, experiential learning
Pitch of the Week logo

Congratulations to The Beardy McBeardo Faces, winners of the Pitch of the Week 2017 Final Challenge. Each member of the Beardy McBeardo Faces will receive a $50 gift card. Team members include Whitney Adindu, Cynthia Ochoa and Karam Khalil and their pitch was for a holographic interface for video calls. According to judges, The Beardy McBeardo Faces had the most dynamic pitch, demonstrated clear teamwork, and appealed to the senses of the audience.

Final Round Pitches: Team 3, Beardy McBeardo Faces  

More photos from the POW! Final Challenge can be found here.

The full...

Tags: POW!, experiential learning