chapter  9
Craft Technologies 101
Bringing Making to Higher Education
ByDeborah A. Fields, Victor R. Lee
Pages 17

This chapter shares the design of the course from proposal to enactment, recruitment strategies, and student responses to the experience. It is intended to provide an accurate "behind-the-scenes" account of what it takes to establish a university-level, entry-level making course, with the goal of providing a potential roadmap for others who may wish to do the same. It recounts their development of a new university-level, upper-division, semester-long course on making at Utah State University, a large public land-grant university, that focused on hand crafts in the form of electronic textiles as a launching pad for making with digital technology. The Craft Technologies course was fortunate to have been able to tap into unexpected pockets of local expertise. As the Maker Movement has become more widely known, some individuals who self-identified as hobbyist makers and tinkerers within the local community discovered the course was going to be offered and wanted to help.