Lecture: 'Collaborative Learning Spaces and Maker Courses'

Event Details

November 7, 2017
4:00 pm

Hasbrouck Hall

Room: 111

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Holly Hargraves

Paula Rees, Charlie Schweik and Steven Brewer will present “Collaborative Learning Spaces and Maker Courses,” an open discussion on the effectiveness of promoting multidisciplinary collaboration and community engagement.

The Maker movement represents a logical extension or synthesis of current trends in education, including active learning, problem based learning, team-based learning, flipped classrooms, and community-service learning. A variety of on-going efforts to build cross-departmental, active learning environments for students at UMass Amherst will be presented. The objectives of this work include engaging students in applied research, building safe spaces for exploring diversity issues, facilitating multi-level peer-to-peer support structures, and promoting community engagement. Examples will include discussion of a variety of makerspace courses, departmental/University traditional Makerspaces, and a Town-Gown Makerspace. The opportunities as well as challenges of such activities for supporting student growth and educational effectiveness will be discussed with active involvement of the audience strongly encouraged.


Paula Rees, director of diversity programs for the College of Engineering and director of the Massachusetts Water Resources Research Center in the College of Natural Sciences.

Charlie Schweik, College of Natural Sciences and the school of public policy in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Steven D. Brewer, director of the Biology Computer Resource Center.


Most STEM seminars are held at 4 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month during the academic year in Hasbrouck 111. These seminars are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the nearby Campus Center Garage. Refreshments will be available ten minutes before the lecture begins.