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CONTENTS INTRODUCTION Engage to Create and Change Mandate Scope








PROGRAMS, PROJECTS & EVENTS Maker Days Toolkit for Challenging Contexts Appropriate Technologies Pilot International Partnerships

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CURRENT PROJECTS CodeCreate Kelowna Maker Studio

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Introduction The Innovative Learning Centre (ILC) Engage to Create and Change Welcome to the challenges underpinning the ILC’s role in the global education landscape. Few would debate that teaching practices and learning environments need to evolve in order to equip students with the 21st century skills necessary to be successful in today’s workplace. Learning today is based on a demand for innovation and creative thinking. Educators are being challenged to find ways to improve student engagement and integrate relevant technology into the classroom. Yet, there are few examples of successfully implementation, and learning environments continue to be structured in the same way. In order to make progress, we need to engage in the process.

Mandate The ILC exists as a collection of interactive learning spaces where explorations and innovations in pedagogical excellence can be experienced, examined, and researched. Utilizing principles of human centered design thinking, the ILC uses these developmental spaces at the intersection of research and practice, to provide both participatory and observatory experiences in both real and virtual environments for those engaged in the teaching and learning experience. The ILC creates a locus from which to explore and address research questions emerging in education at this time of sociocultural change, globalization, and ubiquitous access to knowledge interchanges.

Scope The ILC recognizes that its unique position embraces both the potential and promise for contributing to a place of mind at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Canada’s place in the global knowledge economy rests substantially on the ability of education, industry and research institutions to inquire into and grapple with new ways of engaging learners in discovery, innovation, scholarship and community engagement, and embrace the promise and potential of advanced manufacturing and learning innovations.


Susan Crichton, BSc MA PhD Director of the Faculty of Edcuation Director og the Innovative Learning Centre

A Message From the Director What an amazing year this has been. Many thanks from Bill Latta, Deb Carter and me to all the friends, new and old, of the Innovative Learning Centre (ILC) as we continue to fulfill our mandate and to accomplish new and exciting projects. The mandate of the ILC is to work with academics, entrepreneurs, educators and industry representatives to imagine the future of education. September 2014 - December 2015 has exceeded our hopes and extended our reach. Working with academic colleagues in East Africa, we developed a version of the Maker Day toolkit suitable for challenging contexts. This toolkit is available in both English and Kiswahili and in paper and ePub formats. We also continue with colleagues across campus and at Okanagan College to develop ways of incorporating a humancentered design thinking process and Making in interdisciplinary and interprofessional ways. This year we expanded our reach to work with colleagues at the Divine Word University in Madang, Papua New Guinea. Our work with educators continues through Maker Days, a research-informed immersive professional learning approach. The Industry Training Authority (ITA) continues to support our efforts and we have now provided immersive professional learning to over 3000 teachers in British Columbia and Alberta schools, as well as those in East Africa and Papua New Guinea. This year we were pleased to develop a continuing relationship with Skills Canada Alberta. We see this as a positive partnership and a way to extend our reach within Canada. Our work with Industry continues to evolve. We were delighted to receive another MITAC Grant to work on curriculum design for a mindfulness app. This opportunity connected us with the amazing people at the Canadian Mental Heath Association and the Kelowna Gospel Mission. We were also able to begin a relationship with KANO ( KANO will enable us to extend our work with appropriate technologies and continue to imagine ways of connecting coding, circuitry and Making for children. June 2015 saw us pilot a Maker Day with coding and simple circuits, and this work, supported by the hiring of an Engineering student, resulted in a fourth publication in our series of ePubs Coding and Microcontrollers in Design Thinking: DIY Guidebook ( As we consider our future, next steps include working with colleagues and graduate students in Education, Cultural Anthropology and Engineering to simplify a process for book authoring in challenging contexts, using tablet devices powered by small scale solar energy. Please see for an example of the books authored in Ghana. We also are excited to open UBC Okanagan’s first makerspace, and partner with Women in Trades Training (WITT) at Okanagan College and Dr. Ray Tahier, School of Applied Science (Engineering) to develop a mobile maker / design space. 2014 - 2015 was good to the ILC, and we anticipate more excitement and good works in 2016.



Our Mission The mission of the Innovative Learning Centre is to provide appropriate tools and spaces for educators, entrepreneurs, dreamers, and thinkers to imagine, design and explore innovations in teaching and learning by: • Collaborating to support economic growth in the region. • Innovating to advance the proven accomplishments of K-20 educators who work and live throughout the province. • Engaging the University of British Columbia Okanagan and its wider community in all aspects of innovative pedagogies and tools.

Our Vision • To imagine space within the Innovative Learning Centre as signaling possibilities through actions / interactions / reactions with academics, educators, and entrepreneurs. . . • To design and develop places / spaces to explore, create, and experience innovations in pedagogical excellence. . . • To explore, observe and participate within places / spaces to further scholarship, research and community engagement. . . Thereby mindfully building the future together. . .


Advisory Board To ensure the future directions of the ILC is fostering collaboration, innovation and engagement, the director of the ILC chairs an Advisory Board that includes representation from academics, educators and industry. Current membership includes: • Scott Anderson, Principal, Eagle River Secondary School, SD#83; education in rural and small schools representative • Robert Arn, President, IDEVCOR Media Inc; industry representative • Shane Austin, User Experience Designer, Founder of co+Lab; industry representative • Constance Crompton, Assistant Professor, Creative and Critical Studies; academic representative • Derek Gratz, Associate Director, University-Industry Liaison Office & e@ubc; university representative • Carolyn Labun, Professor of Teaching, Engineering; academic representative • Barbara Marcolin, Associate Professor, Management; academic representative • Marjorie Mitchell, Librarian, UBC Okanagan, university representative • Serveh Naghashbandi, Master’s Program; student representative • Jon Rever, Director of Instruction, School District #23; urban education representative • Don Thompson, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, UBC Okanagan; university representative • Karine Veldhoen, Executive Director, Niteo Africa; non-governmental organization representative • Deb Carter, Research Project Coordinator; Innovative Learning Centre representative • Susan Crichton, Director; Innovative Learning Centre representative • Bill Latta, Learning Instructional Support Specialist;
 Centre for Teaching & Learning and Innovative Learning Centre representative • Dr. Brown Onguko, Director, Tifujini School, El Doret, Kenya; International Affiliate • Dr. Lilian Vikiru, Assistant Professor, IED, AKU; International Afflliate



MAKER DAYS Maker Days, as supported by the British Columbia Ministry of Education’s Industry Training Authority (ITA) and the Innovative Learning Centre UBCO, are immersive professional development events for the province’s educators. They are facilitated events that require participants to thoughtfully and fully engage in design thinking and creative problem finding using hands-on activities. The ILC and ITA debuted the first Maker Day in November, 2013. During the 2014 - 2015 academic year, nine Maker Days were conducted throughout the province and Alberta. These included: UBCO English Foundations Program

UBCO Step Program

A.I. Fortune Secondary School

Westmount Charter School, Alberta

Kainai High School - Brocket Alberta

School District #54: Smithers

School District #08: Kootenay Lake

Skills Canada - Edmonton

School District #40: New Westminster Secondary

Skills Canada - Calgary

Rural Small Schools Think Tank

Calgary Teacher’s Convention

ILC/Penny Lane: Apprppriate Technologies Pilot

School District #33: Chilliwack


TOOLKIT FOR CHALLENGING CONTEXTS MAKER DAY TOOLKIT (V2): TAKING MAKING INTO THE SCHOOLS Maker Day: Taking Making Into the Schools is an immersive professional development approach. Designed for educators, this approach requires ALL participants to thoughtfully and fully engage in design thinking and creative problem finding. At the heart of the day is the Maker ethos (love of making) which "values learning through direct experience and the intellectual and social benefits that accrue from creating something shareable" (Martinez & Stager, 2013). The goals of Maker Day are 1) assisting educators to understand the importance of purposeful Making, a pedagogy which embodies active, constructionist learning and 2) developing their own approaches to integrate Making and tinkering seamlessly into their classroom practices. As part of the event, educators are introduced to Design Thinking; Inquiry; Making; and hands-on Experiential Learning through their active engagement with a small group. We know that it is hard to share meaningfully things that we have not experienced deeply. If we are going to take Making into our schools, we believe educators need to participate actively in a full day Maker Day: Taking Making into the Schools experience to help them feel confident and “own” the ideas of design thinking, problem finding, collaborative prototyping, collegial and convivial critique, and reflection. Maker Day: Taking Making into the Schools introduces participants to the Maker Movement, focusing on five distinct yet related elements: • • • • •

Design challenge Design thinking Design solution through collaborative prototyping Design charrette Group reflection


APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGIES PILOT A Maker Day is a pedagogical orientation (Crichton & Carter, 2015) and a mindset (Dougherty, 2013) that integrates imagination and creativity with design thinking, problem solving, and even more importantly, problem finding. Using microcontrollers and coding in Maker Day activities add an additional element to the design thinking and creative problem finding process. The intent of the Appropriate Technologies Pilot was to introduce the world of simple microprocessors and coding to the classroom . The ILC was able to employ Maria Royston, a summer work studies student, to help develop a guide and sample projects to show how microcontrollers and coding can be easily incorporated into Design Thinking and Making activities for classrooms and schools. By teaching students how to deal imaginatively with the complexity of developing creative solutions for a variety of problems, they will be given the opportunity to explore their creativity and actually make something new and meaningful. The Happy Garden Hydrometer Password Please! Touchpad Wind Power Name Tag Bling


INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS Thanks to funding from the International Development Research Centre’s (IDRC) Canada Africa Research Exchange Grant (CAREG), we have been able to design and field test a professional development approach to help teachers modify their practices. Taking Making into Schools: A Toolkit for Innovation and Change in Teaching and Learning is an outcome of our CAREG funded work. We are grateful to the following institutions and people who helped us along our way: •Department of Education - Mvomero District, Morogoro Region •Teachers in the Turiani Region for attending our Workshop, expecially Veronica Mdapo and Fatuma Jumbe •Mussa Mohamed and Veronica Sarungi for their collaborative spirits and flexibilty •Institute of Educational Development, Aga Khan University, East Africa (IED AKU, EA) •Innovative Learning Centre (ILC) - Faculty of Education - University of British Columbia (UBC), Okanagan Campus This Toolkit was developed in two formats (PDF and MS Word) and two official languages (Kiswahili and English) in the hope it will help take making into different contexts and to make meaningful change for all learners.



CURRENT PROJECTS During the past year, the Innovative Learning Centre has been involved with a number of current and ongoing projects that continue to grow its mandate to explore and address research questions emerging in education at this time of sociocultural change, globalization, and ubiquitous access to knowledge interchanges. These projects have centered on a focused expansion for our Maker Studio, investigating the introduction of coding as a new language taught in K-12 classrooms, and investigating the tools needed to support these activities.


CodeCreate Kelowna The Innovative Learning Centre, in partnership with the Hour of Code and Lighthouse Labs, hosted more than 100 students in an effort to promote an Hour of Code — a grassroots global science and digital literacy awareness campaign aimed to encourage students around the world to try computer coding. Events happened simultaneously across the province, creating the largest province-wide youth coding event that B.C. has seen to date. More than 100 elementary to high school students spent a day of computer coding at the UBCO campus on January 23rd. During the event, the students were tasked with basic computer coding activities. Curriculum and instructions were provided by Lighthouse Labs, and tasks were completed with support from volunteer coding mentors from the university and the community. Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran offered opening remarks to the students and volunteers. “It is so important in this ever-changing world to maintain a commitment to innovation and life-long learning,” he says. “We’re fortunate in Kelowna to have a world-class institution like UBC Okanagan bringing innovative teaching opportunities like Codecreate to our entire community.”


Maker Studio The ILC conceptualization of a Maker Studio is that of a workspace for educators, students and industry partners engaged in conceiving, designing and developing new innovative educational practices. Design studio development has focused on finding these technological resources best suited for the incubation of significant educational tools and rethinking learning environments. A maker studio is essentially a physical space where people gather to create and modify objects using shared tools.  Maker studio users often participate in scaffolded learning opportunities based on a particular design challenge.  The resulting products may be physical, digital, or a combination of both; providing a fruitful incubator for innovation, applications, and real-world products.

Two exciting new pieces of technology coming to the Maker Studio are the M3D mini 3D printer and the X- Carver 3D milling machine. These technologies will allow users of the Maker Studio the opportunity to experiment with and design learning activities for the k - 12 classroom.


Current Publications Book Chapters (Referred) Crichton, S. (2015). Living and working in a global space: Liminality within an academic life. In K. Ragoonaden & B. Kanpol (Eds.) Contested sites in education: The quest for the public intellectual, identity and service. NY: Peter Lang Publisher. Bourne, C., Crichton, S., & Carter, D. (2015). Reflections on service-learning situated in challenging contexts: Lessons learned. Advances in service-learning research series, Service-learning pedagogy: How does it measure up? American Education Research Association. Crichton, S., & Carter, D. (2015). Taking making into the schools: An immersive professional development approach. In M.Niess, & H. Gillow-Wiles (Eds.) Handbook of research on teacher education in the digital age (pp. 412 - 438). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. doi: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8403-4.ch016

What’s Next? Projects: Expansion of Focus of Appropriate Technologies Exploring the use of 3D printing and 3D milling in K-12 education Continuing work with Innovative Learning Centres in East Africa Collaborate with Okanagan Community re: Maker Space Continue to foster pedagogical innovations


SUSAN CRICHTON Director, Innovative Learning Centre Director of the Faculty of Education at the UBC’s Okanagan campus, Dr. Crichton has taught in rural and urban K-12 schools in British Columbia, California, and Australia. She was a faculty member at University of Calgary in the specialization of Educational Technology. Dr. Crichton’s research focuses on technology enhanced learning and research approaches. She is exploring innovative uses of technology to foster creativity and imagination for educators.

DEB CARTER Research project coordinator, Innovative Learning Centre As research project coordinator at the Innovative Learning Centre (ILC), Deb coordinates events and co-facilitates workshops. As a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program at UBC Okanagan, her design and development research focuses on a model evaluation involving the impact of a design event with professionals and community members as they determine innovative solutions to localized ‘wicked’ problems.

BILL LATTA Learning Instructional Support Specialist, Innovative Learning Centre As the Learning Instructional Support Specialist at the Innovative Learning Centre (ILC), Bill develops and coordinates workshops highlighting the use of innovative learning technologies. In his duel role with the Centre for Teaching and Learning at UBC Okanagan, Bill consults on teaching and learning, specializing in developing instructional strategies that incorporate appropriate technologies to foster creativity and imagination for educators.


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