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Spaces for Making: Case Studies in development, support, and practical workflows for Digital Fabrication

7:30am – 9:00am  Registration and Coffee

9:00am – 9:20am   Intro discussion, Quick brainstorm, Topic discovery

9:20am – 10:30am  Case Study 1 – Instilling a "Maker" Mindset on Campus
Timothy Hebert, Media Technology Systems Administrator, MTS, Embedded Systems Consultant, Brandeis MakerLab, Brandeis University
Ian Roy, Assistant Director for Research Technology and Innovation, Head of Brandeis MakerLab, Brandeis University
Hazal Uzunkaya, Research Technology Specialist, Brandeis University

Makerspaces have emerged as incubators to transform student capabilities, enhancing the roles of people, purposes, projects, and partnerships. The process of creating and exploring fosters a communal experience, whereby students are able to share innovations. As a Liberal Arts Research University with a focus on Social Justice, the effects of emerging technology on teaching and research at Brandies are boundless. We will highlight some project use cases that have revolutionized our local culture and dive into specific hands on step by step workflow. 

10:30am -  10:40am Break

10:40am – 11:50am Case Study 2 – Introducing the Portable Laboratory for New Media and Digital Fabrication
Speaker: Jordan Tynes, Research and Instructional Technologist, Wellesley College

Wellesley College's central library supports a decentralized model for making activities, with resources to be found at multiple locations on campus. Taking dispersion and modularity one step further, the new portable lab features new workflows in combination with several cutting-end technologies, supporting off-campus field research. Learn about these workflows, technologies, support structures, and the exciting new pedagogical opportunities that result in portable making activities. 

11:50am – 12:40pm  Lunch

12:40pm – 1:50pm  Case Study 3 - Drones in Higher Education: Application, Technology, & Support for Teaching and Learning
Douglas Higgins, Instructional Technologist, ITS, Colgate University 
Ahmad Khazaee, Assistant Director of End User Support, ITS, Colgate University   

Can “drones” be used in higher education? Over the past few years Colgate University's Information Technology Services has explored and successfully answered this question. We will present proven applications of "drones" on campus, and highlight key factors (e.g., federal regulations) that impact the use of this technology to support teaching and learning. Explore the applications, technologies, support structures, and polices and procedures related to the use of "drones" in higher education. 

1:50pm – 2:00pm Break   

2:00pm - 3:00pm  Group discussion, Questions, Follow-up, Technical demonstrations, Community organizing

3:00pm   End

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