The Making + Learning project has developed a suite of tools intended to facilitate discussions amongst team members about the key considerations when creating makerspaces to support learning in museums or libraries.

When used with organizational teams, these tools can help surface differing perspectives on making, develop a common vision and language around making and help your team towards developing a plan of work that reflects the many factors that influence a highly productive makerspace or maker program.  These tools are meant to be revisited on a regular basis and serve as cycles of learning for you and / or your makerspace team. The real learning begins with yourself or your organization.

Below you will find links to download each tool, video-based introductions to each tool, as well as a portal to a MOOC (Massively Open Online Course)* that you may use at any time to help further facilitate your use of these tools with your colleagues. For detailed descriptions of how to use the tools, please visit the Supporting Making in Museum and Library Makerspaces MOOC Course Site.

Introduction to the Tools

Learn more about and download the following tools:

Vision Statement Tool

Program Variations Tool

People Tool

Learning Tool

Supporting Learning in Library & Museum Makerspaces: A Massively Open Online Course 

Connect to the Course here

Presented by Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Peer 2 Peer University*.

* The MOOC is hosted by P2PU (Peer 2 Peer University), a non-profit organization that facilitates learning outside of institutional walls. Designing and leveraging open education tools and resources, P2PU strives to cultivate a high-quality, low-cost model for lifelong learning.