Establishing a Virtual Makerspace for an Online Graduate Course: A Design Case

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Kevin M. Oliver
Robert L. Moore
Michael A. Evans


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.


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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).
Author Biographies

Kevin M. Oliver, North Carolina State University

Kevin Oliver is an Associate Professor of Digital Learning and Teaching in the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences at North Carolina State University.

Robert L. Moore, North Carolina State University

Robert Moore is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences at North Carolina State University.

Michael A. Evans, North Carolina State University

Michael A. Evans joined North Carolina State University in August 2014 as a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program cluster hire in the Digital Transformation of Education. He is Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences specializing in Digital Learning and Teaching.


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