June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
Abstract – The Richard L’Abbé Makerspace at the University of Ottawa-Ontario, opened its doors to students in 2014 aiming to offer a creative environment that fosters interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. Since then, the Makerspace was incorporated in 10 courses offered at three faculties, held 250 workshops, 3 design challenges, and was used by more than 3000 students. This paper describes how Makerspaces help cultivate students’ communities of practice (CoP). We interviewed 19 engineering students with different participation levels in the Makerspace, from different engineering disciplines to understand how they became participants in the makers’ community of practice at the Richard L’Abbé Makerspace. We found that the Makerspace provided engineering students with a platform for forming a CoP that shares a common interest in making, by providing them with access to equipment, workshops, competitions, and by connecting engineering students from various disciplines to work on hands-on engineering projects that allowed them to translate theories learned in classroom to practice. The paper also describes the lessons learned from the interviews and challenges that face the Richard L’Abbé Makerspace.
Galaleldin, M. A. A., & Anis, H. (2017, June), Impact of Makerspaces on Cultivating Students' Communities of Practice Abstract Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28468
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