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Lessons Learned: Making Shifts: Faculty Development Shifts in a University Makerspace During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Faculty Development Lighting Talk Session 1: COVID-19 Focus

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Audrey Boklage University of Texas at Austin

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Audrey Boklage is research assistant in the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. .

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Roxana Maria Carbonell University of Texas at Austin

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Roxana Carbonell is a current graduate student in mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Her primary research interests are prosthetics, additive manufacturing, makerspaces, and engineering education.

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Maura J. Borrego University of Texas at Austin

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Maura Borrego is Director of the Center for Engineering Education and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and STEM Education at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Borrego is Senior Associate Editor for Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. She previously served as Deputy Editor for Journal of Engineering Education, a Program Director at the National Science Foundation, on the board of the American Society for Engineering Education, and as an associate dean and director of interdisciplinary graduate programs. Her research awards include U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), a National Science Foundation CAREER award, and two outstanding publication awards from the American Educational Research Association for her journal articles. All of Dr. Borrego’s degrees are in Materials Science and Engineering. Her M.S. and Ph.D. are from Stanford University, and her B.S. is from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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This lessons learned paper describes the shifts made in a university makerspace in the spring and fall of 2020. Interviews with the manager of the makerspace, the director of curriculum for the space, and engineering faculty members before and during the COVID-19 pandemic identify specific lessons learned around the staffing, organization, and instructional strategies used in the space. As the state of the university and makerspace shifted throughout the summer of 2020, numerous faculty development efforts were implemented within the college of engineering to support the use of the makerspace in the engineering curriculum. Prior to the spring of 2020, over 4,000 students and thirty two courses within the college of engineering were using the makerspace to support student learning in their classes. Artifacts including images, videos, and student products also demonstrate the results of the instructional and pedagogical shifts throughout the pandemic. Specific lessons learned include: a more refined focus on inclusive practices in faculty development programs, strategic reorganization of the furniture and equipment within the space, software development to support student and faculty engagement, and other pedagogical shifts to support learning. These lessons learned can inform faculty developers in the support and training of engineering and university faculty as they continue to navigate the shift required from the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, outside of lessons learned, this paper will also identify areas of needed support to continue student and faculty engagement in the makerspace. The researchers anticipate these lessons learned presented in a lightening talk format during the 2021 ASEE conference.

Boklage, A., & Carbonell, R. M., & Borrego, M. J. (2021, July), Lessons Learned: Making Shifts: Faculty Development Shifts in a University Makerspace During the COVID-19 Pandemic Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--37449

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