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April 12, 2019
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[This is the fourth part in a series of blog posts about our data gathering, processing and analysis methodology.]

In this post, I will tie up a few loose ends regarding data collection and cleanup, potential problems with our methods and how we have corrected for them with version 2.0 of the Maker Literacies program, and then provide some examples of how the data can be used for analysis.

Description of the pre- and post-self-assessment surveys

Keep in mind that everything covered up to this point has been an experimental proof-of-concept pilot, including the program itself...

Tags: ie 4340, data validation methodology, maker literacy, IMLS
April 5, 2019
Quadcopter frame 3D printed in the UTA Libraries FabLab

In February UTA Libraries began hosting its very own drone club. The Libraries supplied materials to construct two quadcopter drones and solicited the help of Thomas Perappadan, CSE undergraduate student and drone enthusiast, to facilitate a series of hands-on workshops where club members would learn to design, construct, program and pilot the drones.

Attendance at club meetings have ranged from five to twenty people. Students are encouraged to bring their own drones or drone kits to tinker with, or to help with the two kits supplied by the Libraries. Once completed, the two drones...

Tags: drone club, experiential learning, UTA FabLab
March 12, 2019
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Since its inception in fall 2016, we have gathered and published lesson plans for 29 unique courses, from 25 faculty members at five different institutions participating in the UTA Libraries’ Maker Literacies program. Each lesson plan is published with a Creative Commons license, making them freely available for instructors around the world to incorporate into their curricula.

The website, along with its curated lesson plans, is one of the primary deliverables for our Maker Competencies and the Undergraduate Curriculum IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries planning grant (LG...

Tags: IMLS, maker literacy
March 9, 2019

The UTA Libraries research coach program started in October 2016, with four students. Since that time, we've had between four and twenty students in the role of research coach each semester. Currently, we have seventeen students covering two service points: virtual reference and a physical service desk in our Central Library. Each week, the coaches cover between 250-290 service hours.

As part of the on-going training for the research coaches, we meet weekly to review what is working well and identify areas for improvement. The meetings consist of open discussion for the coaches to...

Tags: experiential learning, research coach
February 8, 2019
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[This is the third in a series of blog posts about our data gathering, processing and analysis methodology.]

Picking up where I left off in my last post, in this post I will explain the process for identifying unreliable responses in the Public Pre-Post Combined Assessment Data FA17-FA18. For the purposes of this post, I am including a revised version of the Excel file, where I have used three criteria to help identify potentially unreliable results: intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC), average absolute deviation (AAD), and survey response durations from both pre- and post-self...

Tags: maker literacy, IMLS, data validation methodology