Deadline: May 1, 2017
The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and the Digital Scholarship Center announce the
Innovative Teaching with Makerspace Technology Grant
Makerspace technologies can help faculty to build a richer and more engaging learning experience for students. The Digital Scholarship Center’s Makerspace provides a hands-on environment in which students can work with a variety of digital fabrication tools, virtual reality and electronics technologies in order to explore and develop new ideas. The Makerspace tools at the Digital Scholarship Center, such as immersive media technology (virtual reality), 3D reconstructions, text-mining, mapping and GIS software, can be embedded in assignments and projects in order to help students learn and receive hands-on experience with the kinds of technologies they may use in the future. Some of these are free for students and faculty to use, but others involve costs associated with the materials needed to use the tools. This grant allows faculty interested in exploring ways to use makerspace technologies the possibility to try them in fall 2017 without passing the cost on to the students.
Faculty commit to:
–Receiving any necessary pedagogical or technological training on using the tools from the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and/or the Digital Scholarship Center before fall 2017. Support may include attending the April 10 workshop or meeting with a before fall 2017. Support may include attending the April 10 workshop or meeting with a consultant to plan effective use of the tool.
–Testing the use of the tool before implementing in the classroom.
–Piloting the chosen tool in a class in fall 2017.
–Submitting a one-page project completion report by January 2, 2018.
–Group and individual support and training in how to effectively use makerspace technologies to engage students and help them to learn.
–Up to $3,500 to cover the cost of materials needed to implement these technological projects in the pilot semester. Amount depends on number of students and type of technology chosen.
–Opportunity to present on your experiences with the technologies at the 2018 Teaching with Technology
To Apply for the Innovative Teaching with Makerspace Technology Grant:
Please respond to each of the following questions in fewer than 250 words.
1. Which makerspace tool would you like to use in your classroom? In which class will you be using it? How do you envision using it?
2. Explain how the use of this makerspace tool will improve engagement and/or learning for your students. How might it be an improvement over your current practice?
3. How will you help your students develop the skills needed to use the tool effectively?
4. Describe your experience with the use of technology for teaching.
5. Provide an estimated cost for the project. A Digital Scholarship Center consultant can help you with this task. Remember to think about the number of students who will need to use the tools and whether they will be completing individual or group projects.
Once you have completed this section of the application, please submit your document as a Word Document or PDF. Applications are to be submitted online at http://ow.ly/k92X30anjoD by May 1, 2017.
Note: A consultation may be helpful to help you consider these questions. Please contact Jen Grayburn at email@example.com to set up a consultation. For questions, please contact Stephanie Laggini Fiore, Senior Director CAT, at firstname.lastname@example.org.