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Pages: 9755-9761
Publication year: 2017
ISBN: 978-84-617-8491-2
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2017.2313

Conference name: 11th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 6-8 March, 2017
Location: Valencia, Spain

INTEGRATING EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING AND DIGITAL FABRICATION - MAKING MAKER SPACES RELEVANT

V. Hui, C. Nickel, H. Mercer, J. Glionna

Ryerson University (CANADA)
While maker spaces have become commonplace features within post-secondary institutions, they at best become facilities that support curricular outputs or at their worst, become a collection of underused, esoteric equipment. While exposure to digital fabrication tools in maker spaces empowers students in bringing their academic projects to reality, they often do not bring their entrepreneurial initiatives to reality. This is on account of the fact that most institutions fail to leverage their digital fabrication facilities as resources to foster innovation and entrepreneurship. This paper provides a framework for the development of the Digital Fabrication Zone, a component within of one Canada’s largest universities, that provides a range of benefits to its participants including experiential learning and networking opportunities, technical assistance, mentorship, and media recognition.

Within a larger university framework, the Design Fabrication Zone has served as a collaborative entity where students, graduates, and applicants from the public collaborate in building their skills, developing their projects, and expanding their networks. Through a series of projects ranging from conventional technology start-ups to interactive installations and furniture prototypes, this paper will provide insights on the potential fabrication spaces hold in going beyond experiential learning and into entrepreneurial innovation.
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author = {Hui, V. and Nickel, C. and Mercer, H. and Glionna, J.},
title = {INTEGRATING EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING AND DIGITAL FABRICATION - MAKING MAKER SPACES RELEVANT},
series = {11th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
booktitle = {INTED2017 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-617-8491-2},
issn = {2340-1079},
doi = {10.21125/inted.2017.2313},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.21125/inted.2017.2313},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Valencia, Spain},
month = {6-8 March, 2017},
year = {2017},
pages = {9755-9761}}
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SN - 978-84-617-8491-2/2340-1079
DO - 10.21125/inted.2017.2313
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V. Hui, C. Nickel, H. Mercer, J. Glionna (2017) INTEGRATING EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING AND DIGITAL FABRICATION - MAKING MAKER SPACES RELEVANT, INTED2017 Proceedings, pp. 9755-9761.
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