Makerspaces in Higher Education : the UR-Maker experience at the University of La Rioja

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Pernia-Espinoza , A , Sodupe-Ortega , E , Pecina-Marqueta , S , Martinez-Banares , S , Sanz Garcia , A & Blanco-Fernandez , J 2017 , Makerspaces in Higher Education : the UR-Maker experience at the University of La Rioja . in J Domenech i Soria , M C Vincent Vela , E de la Poza & D Blazquez (eds) , HEAd´17 : proceedings of the 3rd international conference on higher education advances . UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA , Valencia , pp. 758-765 , HEAd´17. International conference on higher education advances , Valencia , Spain , 21/06/2017 .

Title: Makerspaces in Higher Education : the UR-Maker experience at the University of La Rioja
Author: Pernia-Espinoza, Alpha; Sodupe-Ortega, Enrique; Pecina-Marqueta, Sergio; Martinez-Banares, Sergio; Sanz Garcia, Andres; Blanco-Fernandez, Julio
Other contributor: Domenech i Soria, Josep
Vincent Vela, Maria Cinta
de la Poza, Elena
Blazquez, Desamparados
Contributor organization: Faculty of Pharmacy
Date: 2017
Language: eng
Number of pages: 8
Belongs to series: HEAd´17
ISBN: 978-84-9048-590-3
Abstract: Nowadays, in addition to the expected technical knowledge, labor markets demand engineers with personal, interpersonal and system building skills, according to the CDIO (Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate) syllabus. But the current higher education systems are mostly teaching theoretical concepts rather than practical or applied cases. Makerspaces could become a bridge between universities and industry, particularly in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers. Makerspaces, also known as hackerspaces, hack labs, and fab labs, are open-access spaces where tools, machines and knowledge are shared with the purpose of implementing an idea. This communication evaluates the current status of the makerspaces at the world's top 10 universities in engineering and three of the most well-known Spanish ones, as well as the new campus makerspace created at the University of La Rioja. All the information was collected from universities' websites. Most of these reviewed universities have created outstanding makerspaces generally for the entire academic community. The Spanish 'Maker UPV' has been exceptionally successful promoting activities and projects in spite of the lack of resources reported. Lastly, the implementation of a new makerspace at the University of La Rioja (UR-Maker) is described with information about its organization, funding sources and activities already performed. This experience can represent an attractive guide for the academic community as other universities can explore the creation of new makerspaces on their own campus.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
higher education
engineering degrees
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc_nd
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: publishedVersion

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