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At the Online Learning Consortium: Accelerate conference in November, I attended a series of events that pitted teams of educators against one another in a fast-paced competition to propose a solution to a pressing problem in online education. Teams were given a problem prompt, 15 minutes to ideate a solution, and a few minutes each to pitch their solutions to a panel of judges. There were five sessions total; the first four sessions were preliminary rounds and the fifth was the final round where winners from the preliminaries faced off against each other. Each of these sessions lasted...

Tags: experiential learning, Online Learning Consortium, Professional Learning Communities
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I thought I’d post some general info updates about our Maker Literacies pilot program. First, we finally have an official project description on our website, here. For your convenience I’ve pasted it in its entirety:

In cooperation with UTA Library’s FabLab and faculty representing a wide range of academic units at UTA, we are piloting a program that ties maker-based competencies to the learning objectives of undergraduate courses. We believe that the competencies gained from hands-on, project based learning in the FabLab (for example, working in teams,...

Tags: maker literacy, IMLS
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The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries and the Texas Innovation Group wish to thank everyone who completed our Makerspace survey! The survey is now closed, and winners of incentive prizes have been notified. In all, we received 169 attempted survey responses with 79 completed. Although we would have loved to have had even more respondents, we more than met our initial goal of 100 attempts with 25 completed. We realized this was a monster of a survey, and wish to give special thanks to those of you who muscled through to the end!

We would also like to thank our friends at...

Tags: maker literacy, makerspaces, survey
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On Saturday, November 19th, Morgan Chivers and I presented to the 2016 Library Information Technology Association (LITA) Forum in Fort Worth!

Morgan and I want to thank LITA for accepting our proposal 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...

Tags: lita, maker literacy, makerspaces, IMLS

It took me hours to figure out a schedule for the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Accelerate Conference coming up next week in Orlando. This is without a doubt the most daunting and frustrating conference schedule I’ve ever seen. They are cramming in way too many concurrent sessions making it impossible to attend all the sessions that I want. For example, there are over 40 concurrent session on the 16th between 12:00-12:45! Four of those are sessions that I would love to be able to attend, but I can only chose one. I am exasperated by the idea that they are providing over 540 sessions in...

Tags: Online Learning Consortium, maker literacy