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Four to six course-integration grants will be awarded per year to bring non-traditional Making disciplines into the space.  Two additional integration grants per year will be specific to First Year Seminars.  Successful course proposals will align with the QEP’s three aims and will clearly describe how students will obtain skills expected from Making.

Under this program, BeAM (“Be A Maker”) will establish annual faculty learning communities (FLCs) on making.  These communities partner staff with faculty to develop hands-on Making modules to enhance course experiences and learning.  The FLC will consist of a group of fixed-term, tenure-track, or tenured faculty from the arts, humanities, and sciences disciplines who are integrating or plan to integrate Making into a course.  A facilitator will help guide the FLC members through identifying topics, resources and activities, and will provide administrative and scheduling support.  As a structured FLC, participants will be expected to set goals around Making as an experiential learning technique; complete readings and/or activities to prepare for each topic-focused meeting; and share experiences around designing and deploying Making in their courses.

See a list of members of our FLC cohorts.

The biggest success and most pleasant surprise was the degree to which students’ imaginations were captured in class for the subject material as a consequence of the project. -Makerspace FLC Member


Makerspace courses incorporate design thinking and hands-on project-based learning through making via BeAM spaces on campus.

Award Amount:  Awards will provide up to $5,000 in salary support for course instructors that also attend a year-long faculty learning community.

Application Deadline:  Friday, January 17, 2020 at 5:00PM

Application:  Download the MAKERSPACE Application and instructions.

Faculty Learning Communities:  Award recipients will take part in regularly scheduled FLC meetings.  These meetings will allow faculty from all disciplines to share ideas, problems, and solutions around the development and/or implementation of their course.  The FLCs will meet monthly over the academic year. See a list of the members of our FLC cohorts.

Read a College of Arts & Sciences story about faculty developing new courses.