Assembly Not Required: Cultivating Learning Communities Through Technology & Makespaces

3:30pm to 3:50pm
Catalina Room

In the Fall of 2014 InnovateUA, the College of Humanities, and the UA libraries partnered to create a prototype co-working and makerspace in the Science & Engineering Library called the iSpace. Over the years, this proof of concept project has been tested to find out the best methods for developing a full-scale campus-wide, multidisciplinary co-working and makerspace.

The partners have leveraged the space to deliver innovative programs to the campus at-large. Some of our successes have included supporting and hosting hackathons, Startup Weekend, 1000 Pitches competitions, coding workshops, and various student groups dedicated to learning technology. Librarians and teaching faculty have come together many times to brainstorm new ways of bringing technology and creative thinking to the forefront of the university experience.

While many libraries have long supported digital humanities and digital scholarship, the emergence of the makerspace has led to new approaches to this type of library service. Cross-disciplinary collaborations and the cultivation of a community of learners will be our primary message. Detailed through the presentation will be the exciting and burgeoning fields of 3D, Virtual Reality, open source computer hardware and software, and data visualization in the realms of teaching and learning in the university classroom.

Jennifer Nichols, Assistant Librarian, UA Libraries
Anthony Sanchez, Assistant Librarian, UA Libraries