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June 22, 2020
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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
Makerspaces offer broad opportunities for including entrepreneurial activities, physical prototypes, and demonstrations in an array of courses and co-curricular activities than was previously possible. It can be intimidating, however, for those who are typically in an instructional role to adopt the role of learner and get themselves trained in the makerspace. Faculty may also be unfamiliar with the appropriate pedagogies for assigning student work in the makerspace, which tend to be active, inductive, and student-centered, such as entrepreneurially-minded learning (EML) and problem/project/product-based learning (PBL). To make effective use of the makerspace in class, it’s helpful to offer simultaneous support in both the technical training and pedagogical design. “B-Fab,” the Bucknell Fabrication Workshop is a summer technical and pedagogical workshop for faculty and staff that aims to boost faculty and staff comfort within the makerspace and to coach participants in the design of good EML/PBL experiences within the makerspace.
This paper discusses the implementation of the three-day workshop, the topics addressed, and the outcomes. In its three years of existence, 50 people have participated, and generated nearly 30 new or substantially expanded assignments or outreach activities that have been shared as KEEN “Cards.” Initial qualitative analysis of these cards suggests that the workshop is effective at improving faculty and staff comfort using the makerspace, expanding faculty adoption of EML/PBL, and, ultimately, benefiting students by encouraging adoption of more effective and engaging educational practices.
Vigeant, M. A., & Cheville, A., & Ebenstein, D. M., & Lamparter, M., & Shankar, S., & Siegel, N. P., & Thompson, S. (2020, June), B-Fab: Cultivating Student Learning in the Maker Space Through Faculty Development Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34201
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