Creating Inclusive Maker Challenges to Redefine Student Learning

There will be many challenges and provocations that can be utilized by elementary through to high school educators. Would you describe yourself as a maker? Grounded in social learning theories, multiliteracies and multimodalities theories, critical race theory, inquiry-based learning, design-based thinking, and 21 century pedagogies, you will learn what it means to be a maker and create an inclusive maker environment in your own context.  In this workshop, you will engage in and learn how to create inclusive maker challenges grounded pedagogical theories. Using equity, diversity, inclusion, decolonization, and anti-racism frameworks, through a cross-curricular lens, you will learn how making and maker spaces can be designed to fully embrace the essence of inclusivity. As a participant in this workshop, you will delve into the importance of cultivating creative and growth mindsets through the development of a maker mentality in order to build the knowledge, confidence, and skills to effectively infuse, implement, and assess making in the classroom. Through the use of no-tech, low-tech, and high-tech tools, you will be presented with provocations and challenges that explore the topics of water pollution and inequity, anti-racism, algorithmic bias, sustainability, social disparities, video gaming, AR/VR/XR, and Indigenous ways of learning, knowing, and doing. As a participant of this workshop, you will leave fully equipped with practical strategies, digital and non-digital tools, maker challenges and provocations, lesson plans and unit plans, and the confidence to design inclusive content and spaces that support and enhance the learning for All students. In this session, you will discover the maker in yourself.

You might also be interested in this complementary session:
- MakerSpace Field Trip and Skills Lab

Target Audience


To Bring/Important Notes

Please have a smart device with you when attending the workshop. If you do not have access to a device, there will be a few available to borrow. This workshop will utilize no tech, low tech, and high technologies through maker challenges. All other materials will be provided for the participants and names will be drawn at the end of the session for some give-aways. 


12:44 PM - 3:00 PM
University of Victoria

This session is full.

This workshops is held offsite at University of Victoria - MacLaurin Building, 3800 Ring Road - Victoria, BC - V8P 5C2 - Canada


  • University of British Columbia
    Keri Ewart

    Dr. Keri Ewart is a lecturer for the Master of Educational Technology Program, in the Faculty of Education, at the University of British Columbia. With a strong and lengthy background in K-12 education and curriculum development, undergraduate studies, and graduate studies, Dr. Ewart has been able to apply her research and focus in the areas of equity, diversity, inclusion, decolonization, anti-racism (EDIDA) and allyship through the effective integration of digital technologies into learning environments, in the extensive courses that she teachers at UBC. In addition to her teaching, Dr. Ewart was named the EDI and Community Outreach Coordinator for MET, UBC, and the 20th Anniversary and Inclusive Makerspace Coordinator for UBC. With a passion for differentiation and inclusivity, and with the changing needs of modern society, Dr. Ewart has presented all over the world.  Dr. Ewart has designed courses, workshops, and training for educators, faculty, and staff on how to develop inclusive makerspaces and how to create adaptive, responsive, and sensitive maker cross-curricular content that meets the needs of all learners.

    Merging active learning and critical literacy theories, multiliteracies and multimodalities pedagogies, with practice, Dr. Ewart consistently meets the needs of diverse audiences. She identifies the immense value in the triangulation and interconnectivity between researcher, practitioner, and learner, as theory informs practice and practice drives research. Dr. Ewart is the designer of the award-winning Inclusive Makerspace Summer Institute, the coordinator of UBC's International Inclusive Makerspace Conference May 24-25, 2023, and the Director and designer of UBC's first-ever in-person and digital inclusive maker lab to be launched in the summer of 2023.

    Dr. Ewart believes that every learning environment should be dynamic, engaging, and inclusive, and develop a sense of community by encapsulating and acknowledging the social, cultural, and ethical implications for all students. Making allows educators to redefine learning for their students in a way that is transformative and ignites a curiosity in them that creates lifelong learners.

    Join Dr. Keri Ewart in her session on inclusive making.