Submitted by Kristin Allen, Library Services

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, student engagement is going through some growing pains. With students attending class online, some enrolled on campus in-person, and some doing a little bit of both, it can sometimes feel as though they are not connecting as deeply with their course work. We want our students to feel part of the community here at Harper College, and to participate fully in their course work when they are in our classrooms. One way to encourage this mindset is to give students the opportunity to select a hands-on project that not only aligns with their interests and values, but also with your course objectives.

Use the Library Make Shop to Creatively Engage Your Students

This is where the Library’s Make Shop can help. We can supply the tools for students to actively engage in the learning process, as well as complete their course work. Use the classroom as a catalyst to promote an environment that encourages community and collaboration in the learning process. Ignite that passion for learning in your students by encouraging them to be risk-takers and experimenters.

The Make Shop, (located in the Library in Building F, Room F222) will re-open Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the Spring 2022 semester, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (by appointment only). Contact us to find a project that suits your course’s needs, as well as provide a different modality that allows students to expand their knowledge in a creative and comprehensive way.

See here for project ideas to jumpstart your own creativity!

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