Bridging distance: Practical and pedagogical implications of virtual Makerspaces

Lock, Jennifer and Redmond, Petrea ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9674-1206 and Orwin, Lindy and Powell, Alwyn and Becker, Sandra and Hollohan, Paula and Johnson, Carol (2020) Bridging distance: Practical and pedagogical implications of virtual Makerspaces. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 36 (3). pp. 957-968. ISSN 0266-4909

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Abstract

Makerspaces are locations where people with common interests can work on projects, share ideas, tools, and expertise to make or create. There is an abundance of ‘how to’ guides and research studies on physical makerspaces, little research focuses on describing the virtual making processes and the experiences therein. This qualitative study explores the experiences of seven participants who engaged in a synchronous virtual makerspace. Meeting once a month over 16 weeks, members of the International Maker Educator Network (IMEN) participated in the making a robot. This case study describes how the virtual making occurred, the personal experiences of the makers, technology used to support virtual making, and the affordances and inhibitors of virtual making. Data are analysed through the lens of a professional learning community and the People, Means and Activities makerspace framework. The paper concludes with implications for virtual making in practice and future research opportunities.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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 - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2020 04:51
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2021 01:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: Makerspaces; virtual makerspaces; making; virtual making; professional learning community (PLC)
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130101 Continuing and Community Education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/jcal.12452
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/39920

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