Enabling Students to Learn Hands-On Technical Skills Using Makerspace in a Higher Education Academic Library

van Rensburg, Henriette and Piper, Stephanie (2019) Enabling Students to Learn Hands-On Technical Skills Using Makerspace in a Higher Education Academic Library. In: Singapore Learning Design and Technology Conference 2019 (SLDT 2019), 1-2 Aug, 2019, Singapore, Singapore.


This paper provides a snapshot of the operation, projects and offerings of an academic library Makerspace in a regional university in Queensland, Australia. It provides the value of Makerspaces in an academic library and the learning needs they achieve; and also reflects on the potential pedagogical impacts of Makerspaces on teaching and learning. In educational settings, the movement of learning through designing and sharing within collaborative settings is fundamental. Although making and creating is not new, Makerspaces are a new way of saving user’s money on tooling and equipment and continues the tradition of building a circular economy for which libraries are famous. Makerspace can be used by all educators and students on any budget, and it is a creative and collaborative way to transform teaching and learning.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Academic Division - Library
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2020 01:54
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2021 05:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: Makerspace; Academic library; Hands-on technical skills; Higher education; Real life learning; Creative
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
10 Technology > 1099 Other Technology > 109999 Technology not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3999 Other Education > 399999 Other education not elsewhere classified
40 ENGINEERING > 4006 Communications engineering > 400699 Communications engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37488

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