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

Alpha Pernia-Espinoza, Enrique Sodupe-Ortega, Sergio Pecina-Marqueta, Sergio Martinez-Banares, Andres Sanz Garcia, Julio Blanco-Fernandez

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHEAd´17 : proceedings of the 3rd international conference on higher education advances
EditorsJosep Domenech i Soria, Maria Cinta Vincent Vela, Elena de la Poza, Desamparados Blazquez
Number of pages8
Place of PublicationValencia
PublisherUNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Publication date2017
Pages758-765
ISBN (Electronic)978-84-9048-590-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventHEAd´17. International conference on higher education advances - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 21 Jun 201723 Jun 2017
Conference number: 3

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • Makerspace
  • higher education
  • hands-on
  • PBL
  • engineering degrees
  • CREATIVITY

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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 (pp. 758-765). Valencia: UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA. https://doi.org/10.4995/HEAd17.2017.5400
Pernia-Espinoza, Alpha ; Sodupe-Ortega, Enrique ; Pecina-Marqueta, Sergio ; Martinez-Banares, Sergio ; Sanz Garcia, Andres ; Blanco-Fernandez, Julio. / Makerspaces in Higher Education : the UR-Maker experience at the University of La Rioja. HEAd´17: proceedings of the 3rd international conference on higher education advances. editor / Josep Domenech i Soria ; Maria Cinta Vincent Vela ; Elena de la Poza ; Desamparados Blazquez. Valencia : UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA, 2017. pp. 758-765
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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, MC 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. https://doi.org/10.4995/HEAd17.2017.5400

Makerspaces in Higher Education : the UR-Maker experience at the University of La Rioja. / Pernia-Espinoza, Alpha; Sodupe-Ortega, Enrique; Pecina-Marqueta, Sergio; Martinez-Banares, Sergio; Sanz Garcia, Andres; Blanco-Fernandez, Julio.

HEAd´17: proceedings of the 3rd international conference on higher education advances. ed. / Josep Domenech i Soria; Maria Cinta Vincent Vela; Elena de la Poza; Desamparados Blazquez. Valencia : UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA, 2017. p. 758-765.

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Pernia-Espinoza A, Sodupe-Ortega E, Pecina-Marqueta S, Martinez-Banares S, Sanz Garcia A, Blanco-Fernandez J. Makerspaces in Higher Education: the UR-Maker experience at the University of La Rioja. In Domenech i Soria J, Vincent Vela MC, de la Poza E, Blazquez D, editors, HEAd´17: proceedings of the 3rd international conference on higher education advances. Valencia: UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA. 2017. p. 758-765 https://doi.org/10.4995/HEAd17.2017.5400