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Wampler Lecture- Dr. Kim Sheridan, Learning in the Making: Studying and Designing Makerspaces

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Maker Spaces

Wampler Lecture- Dr. Kim Sheridan, Learning in the Making: Studying and Designing Makerspaces
Wed, March 29th, 5-6:30PM
Duke Hall Gallery Court

Kimberly Sheridan is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology. She is also affiliated with the Learning Technologies and Research Methods programs and hold a joint appointment in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. She received her doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Sheridan's research takes a sociocultural perspective on learning, with a particular focus on how this learning is situated in diverse and changing contexts with the advent of new digital technologies. She focuses in particular on creative production with technology and how technology can create innovative contexts of possibility for youth from traditionally underserved groups. Beginning in 2017, she is directing a study, Making Connections Work, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services which studies how partnerships between children's museums, public libraries and community professionals can be used to create new family learning contexts. For 2012-2016, she co-led a collaborative project, Learning in the Making: Studying and Designing Makerspaces, funded by a National Science Foundation Cyberlearning grant.

As Principal Investigator with Dr. Erica Halverson of University of Wisconsin-Madison, they conducted ethnographic studies of makerspaces, emergent spaces involved in creative production that often involve youth and adults combining art, engineering and digital technologies, to understand how these communities emerge, function and evolve to support learning. Building on this ethnographic work, Drs. Halverson and Sheridan, collaborate with the Childrens Museum of Pittsburgh to conduct design experiments in the childrens museum MAKESHOP: pittsburghkids.org/exhibits/makeshop. In her work as Co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Kevin Clark on the National Science Foundation grant, Game Design through Mentoring and Collaboration where youth aged 8-18 from the D.C. area learn computer modeling, animation and game design through a peer mentoring and teaching process, she looks at the learning involved in the integration of art, science and technology, and the social collaborative processes involved in peer mentoring in this context.

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