Digital Fabrication and Making in Education - Tools and Pedagogical Perspectives

Time: 10-21 August 2020

Campus: Joensuu

Duration and credits: 2 weeks, 5 ECTS
Teaching Language: English
Level: Master
Max. number of attendees:
Course coordinator: Calkin Suero Montero, 
Responsible department: School of Educational Science and Psychology

Learning Outcomes:

 The learning objectives (LOs) associated with this course are, hence, summarised as follows:

• LO_I – To familiarise with a craft- and project-based pedagogy. The participants will be introduced to the pedagogical approach to digital fabrication and making developed from inquiry-based and design thinking [2, 3].

• LO_II – To familiarise with a digital platform created to support a craft- and project-based pedagogy. The participants will be introduced to openly available digital tools [1, 4].

• LO_III – To familiarise with physical electronic components and craft materials that facilitate making in education [5, 6].

• LO_IV – To understand how to scaffold students’ self-regulation during digital fabrication and making activities. The participants will be introduced to best practices drawn from practical experience. [2].

• LO_V – To understand how to integrate digital fabrication and making within educational activities with learners, e.g., within the eCraft2Learn learning ecosystem. [1].


In this course I will draw from the experiences of introducing digital fabrication and making to formal and informal education contexts using a solid craft- and project-based pedagogical approach deployed within five interconnected stages: ideation, planning, creating, programming and sharing. The course covers the use of making technologies in education, detailing this design thinking and inquiry-based pedagogical methodology as well as technological platforms that support the deployment of digital fabrication and making tools within learning ecosystems. The course is carried out as a 2 weeks hands-on course, including group work to develop a physical computer-supported artefact.






Introduction to digital fabrication & Making



Introduction to the course. Brief background on applications, problems and possible solutions.

Pedagogical aspects of Making: 5-stages pedagogical model



Theoretical foundations, importance and applications (e.g., contexts) will also be discussed. Practice with the eCraft2Learn digital platform.

Introduction to project-based



The student will learn to develop and implement a project-based task according to their own interests. The work will be carried out in groups. A practical


Modes of study:

  • Face to face workshops
  • At home reading
  • Seminars and discussions
  • Group presentations

Study materials: Scientific Literature

[1] eCraft2Learn – Digital Fabrication and Maker Movement in Education: Making Computer-supported Artefacts from Scratch, open educational resources available at

[2] Calkin Suero Montero, Christian Voigt and Kati Mäkitalo. 2018. From Digital Fabrication to Meaningful Creations – Pedagogical Perspectives. Springer (to appear). Pre-print available at:

[3] Calkin Suero Montero. 2018. Facilitating Computational Thinking through Digital Fabrication. Proceedings of the 18th Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research. ACM

[4] Tapani Toivonen, Ilkka Jormanainen, Calkin Suero Montero and Andrea Alessandrini. 2018. Innovative Maker Movement Platform for K-12 Education as a Smart Learning Environment. In Challenges and Solutions in Smart Learning (pp. 61-66). Springer, Singapore.

[5] Christian Voigt, Sandra Schön and Margit Hofer. 2018. Innovation management in schools: Barriers and enablers to making as educative practice. Multikonferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik (MKWI). Pre-print available at

[6] Christian Voigt, Calkin Suero Montero and Massimo Menichinelli. 2016. An empirically informed taxonomy for the Maker Movement. International Conference on Internet Science. Springer, Cham.


to be prepared and provided before or during the meetings.

Evaluation criteria: to be announced
Teachers: Dr Calkin Suero Montero