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Learning as a long game: Designing for making in drop-in spaces

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Title: Learning as a long game: Designing for making in drop-in spaces

As the maker movement becomes a valuable and interesting resource for researchers interested in improving learning in and out of schools, researchers in the Cyberlearning community have turned toward understanding and designing maker-based experiences. Many of these research efforts have focused on spaces that have typically served as drop-in sites for learners – museums, libraries, and afterschool programs. Given that learning is an extended process of becoming and doing, how can we support learners’ trajectories as makers? What function can technologies serve for learners, for mentors, and for spaces? In this talk, I will highlight design features and tools that our team is exploring for facilitating learning through making across a range of makerspaces.

Bio: Erica Rosenfeld Halverson is an Associate Professor of Digital Media and Literacy in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Erica studies how people learn in and through the arts; her current focus is the maker movement, studying and designing spaces and tools in museums, libraries, and afterschool spaces. This work is supported through NSF Cyberlearning and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Erica received her PhD in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University in 2005. Prior to that, she co-founded Barrel of Monkeys, a Chicago area arts education organization that works with elementary school students on creative writing, drama, and performance.

To Join the Webinar:

Please register at:  https://nsf.webex.com/nsf/j.php?RGID=r7da2fe3ddde06f95eceedfb5309def27 by 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, January 28, 2015.

After your registration is accepted, you will receive an email with a URL to join the meeting. Please be sure to join a few minutes before the start of the webinar. This system does not establish a voice connection on your computer; instead, your acceptance message will have a toll-free phone number that you will be prompted to call after joining. Please note that this registration is a manual process; therefore, do not expect an immediate acceptance. In the event the number of requests exceeds the capacity, some requests may have to be denied.

For a copy of the presentation, please contact Erica Halverson at: erhalverson@education.wisc.edu