Instructor Makerspaces

Calling all playful instructors!  Bring your lunch and join us at the Exchange for a Friday of low-stress tinkering and exploration.  Instructional designers at the Exchange will be on hand to help you as you build all sorts of cool stuff.  This semester, we’ll be creating instructional videos and podcasts, analog and digital games, digital textbooks, maps, infographics, and data visualizations.  We’ll start each session with a very brief introduction to the topic and then open up the session to exploration.  Exchange instructional designers will be on hand to troubleshoot or learn with you.  For the R.I.P.P.L.E. sessions (Rework, Innovate, Play, Produce, Learn, Engage), bring a stale, boring, or otherwise ineffective lesson and we’ll play with ways to breathe new life into it.  If you have any questions about what’s going to happen during a given week, just shoot us an email at exchange@gsu.edu.  Give it a shot!  Good times!

1/17/14 – Creating Instructional Videos and Podcasts

Through exploration and play, this makerspace will challenge you to use one of several tools to build an instructional video and/or podcast that you can use in your course.

2/24/14 – Creating Games

Educational games foster contextualized learning that reveals the causal relationships and connections between concepts and ideas.  In this makerspace, we’ll build games and talk about how gaming can be incorporated into university level courses.

1/31/14 – Digital Textbooks

College textbooks are expensive.  For some courses, digital textbooks offer a free and customized alternative.  In this makerspace, you’ll begin the process of building a digital textbook using free and open source materials.

2/7/14 – Mobile Gaming with ARIS

ARIS is an open-source, iOS-based platform for creating place-based mobile games.   In this makerspace, we’ll have an ARIS game jam, during which we will play and build some simple games.

2/14/14 – R.I.P.P.L.E.

Rework. Innovate. Play. Produce. Learn. Engage.  For R.I.P.P.L.E. makerspaces, bring a stale, boring, or otherwise ineffective lesson and we’ll help you play with ways to breathe new life into it.    

2/21/14 – Data Visualization with Tableau

Data can be dense, complicated, and difficult to wrap your head around.  In this makerspace, we’ll use Tableau Public, a free data visualization tool, to make cumbersome data come to life.

2/28/14 – Mapping with Google Maps and Google Earth

With Google Maps and Google Earth, you and your students can become mapmakers and world explorers.  Maps can be used to achieve all sorts aims, like documenting a book character’s journey or visualizing scientific data.  No matter what your content, maps can help students develop a deeply contextual understanding.

3/7/14 – Infographics

Clever infographics can quickly make sense of dense and complicated data.  In this makerspace, we’ll take advantage of infographic tools to build a beautiful and illuminating infographic.

3/14/14 – R.I.P.P.L.E.

Rework. Innovate. Play. Produce. Learn. Engage.  For R.I.P.P.L.E. makerspaces, bring a stale, boring, or otherwise ineffective lesson and we’ll help you play with ways to breathe new life into it.

3/28/14 – R.I.P.P.L.E.

Rework. Innovate. Play. Produce. Learn. Engage.  For R.I.P.P.L.E. makerspaces, bring a stale, boring, or otherwise ineffective lesson and we’ll help you play with ways to breathe new life into it.

4/4/14 – Re(presenting) Ideas

Academics frequently repurpose their ideas from journal articles to presentations, websites, and other formats.  Repurposing generally requires a dramatic transformation of content from text to visually enhanced content.  In this makerspace, we hope you bring in something that you’ve created and want to transform into something new.

4/11/14 – R.I.P.P.L.E.

Rework. Innovate. Play. Produce. Learn. Engage.  For R.I.P.P.L.E. makerspaces, bring a stale, boring, or otherwise ineffective lesson and we’ll help you play with ways to breathe new life into it.

 

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