Wednesday Workshop

Making Space for DIY Innovation on Campus

Track: Wednesday Workshop


People may call them makerspaces, innovation labs, fablabs or hackerspaces, but in the past decade an increasing number of community spaces offering public, shared access to high-end equipment and guidance have appeared. These spaces for experimentation with technologies like desktop fabrication, physical computing, and augmented reality, first appeared more naturally in the STEM areas, but are now being used more for applications and research questions in the humanities and arts.

This workshop will offer information on creating, branding and maintaining spaces on your campus, in libraries or in the community. We will also show examples of DIY projects and discuss their applications to the classroom, and participants will try a hands-on activity.​



Ken Ronkowitz started in education teaching English at the middle and high school level and has been in higher education for 15 years. He was the Manager of Instructional Technology at NJIT and directed a 5-year federal writing grant at PCCC. He currently is the Senior Designer at NJIT working on a grant for professional learning for NJ teachers. He teaches in the humanities at NJIT and Montclair State University.

Danielle Mirliss an Associate Director at Seton Hall University’s Teaching, Learning and Technology Center. She has been part of the Instructional Design team at Seton Hall since 2002 and has a broad range of experience in mobile computing, course redesign, online learning, virtual worlds and assessment. Danielle received her Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and Media from Teachers College, Columbia University. She also received her Ed.M. from the same program and her M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from New York University.

Emily Witkowski is the Children’s Librarian at the Maplewood Public Library. She has a Masters in Library and Information Science from Rutgers and a B.A. in English from TCNJ. She has created makerspace programs at Piscataway Public Library and at Columbia University.