Inclusive collaborative learning with multi-interface design: Implications for diverse and equitable makerspace education

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Abstract

While the maker movement and its associated affordable and accessible practices and toolkits have reinvigorated interest in pre-collegiate STEM, invention and creativity, many have critiqued makerspaces as implicitly exclusionary, particularly across gender, race and ethnicity. In an effort to rectify past participatory inequities, we designed a maker workshop for high school youth that capitalized upon multiple digital and physical interfaces to create simultaneously digitally and physically responsive projects, which encouraged teambased distributed creativity and development. We explore how the tools and the curricular design encouraged and fostered collaboration and inclusivity, as well as disrupted previous implicit associations around computing and creativity. We discuss the teams, the projects created and how the learning activities provided opportunities for inclusion and equity.

Special thanks to Yasmin Kafai for supporting the project, Lei Radium Yang for helping design the buildable models for the second iteration of the workshop, and R. William Ashley for assisting with data analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMaking a Difference
Subtitle of host publicationPrioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL - 12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2017 - Conference Proceedings
EditorsBrian K. Smith, Marcela Borge, Emma Mercier, Kyu Yon Lim
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages415-422
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780990355007
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Event12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning - Making a Difference: Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL, CSCL 2017 - Philadelphia, United States
Duration: Jun 18 2017Jun 22 2017

Publication series

NameComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
Volume1
ISSN (Print)1573-4552

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning - Making a Difference: Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL, CSCL 2017
CountryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia
Period6/18/176/22/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Education

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    Richard, G. T., & Giri, S. (2017). Inclusive collaborative learning with multi-interface design: Implications for diverse and equitable makerspace education. In B. K. Smith, M. Borge, E. Mercier, & K. Y. Lim (Eds.), Making a Difference: Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL - 12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2017 - Conference Proceedings (pp. 415-422). (Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL; Vol. 1). International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS).