International Journal of Designs for Learning
This design case discusses key steps taken to establish a virtual makerspace for students enrolled in an online graduate course on informal learning. Two key design decisions are elaborated around (a) the selection of appropriate projects and packaged materials that distance education students can receive by mail to participate in making, and (b) the choice of an online platform for distance education students to document their design processes for assessment purposes and peer interaction and learning. This design case is relevant to a variety of online communities who may wish to engage in maker activities as well as isolated face-to-face communities or individuals who may not have local mentors to support informal making and could, therefore, benefit from online connectivity to an expert or peer support. To promote replication of the design, materials and community tools to support making among geographically dispersed makers are detailed.
Original Publication Citation
Oliver, K. M., Moore, R. L., & Evans, M. A. (2017). Establishing a virtual makerspace for an online graduate course: A design case. International Journal of Designs for Learning, 8(1), 112-123. doi:10.14434/ijdl.v8i1.22573
Oliver, Kevin M.; Moore, Robert L.; and Evans, Michael A., "Establishing a Virtual Makerspace for an Online Graduate Course: A Design Case" (2017). STEMPS Faculty Publications. 97.