Unconference on facilitating learning

The Unconference on Facilitating Learning in FabLabs, Makerspaces and Open Creative Spaces, will be held in 2021 at the Musée de la civilisation in Québec City and at the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology at Concordia University. Despite the growth of the worldwide maker movement and its related innovation ecosystems, there is a scarcity of opportunities for practitioners who are involved in all aspects of education to get together and exchange new contemporary living knowledge emerging from different locations. These unprecedented events will bring together top practitioners, scholars and students who are actively involved in the facilitation of maker education within schools, colleges, universities, libraries, museums and community centres.

The goal of the first Unconference on Facilitating Learning in FabLabs, Makerspaces and Open Creative Spaces is to create channels of communication between FabLabs, makerspaces and open creative spaces facilitators, researchers and stakeholders.

The gatherings will be opportunities to create a network to develop contemporary living knowledge and engage in deep active discussions around 5 crucial themes: 1) renewed mission of institutions through maker culture, 2) preparing and upskilling facilitators, 3) curricula in distributed networks, 4) setting-up FabLabs and makerspaces to meet future demands, and 5) assessment in maker education.

Ann-Louise Davidson

Ann-Louise Davidson

Associate Professor | Concordia University Research Chair in Maker Culture
Dr. Ann-Louise Davidson is an Associate Professor of Education and Concordia University Research Chair in Maker Culture. She is the Director of the Concordia University Innovation Lab. She is also Associate Director of the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology and she directs #MilieuxMake, the Milieux makerspace initiative.
Nadia Naffi

Nadia Naffi

Associate Professor | Chair in Educational Leadership in Innovative Pedagogical Practices in Digital Contexts

Dr. Nadia Naffi is an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology in the Department of Teaching and Learning Studies at the Faculty of Education and holder of the Chair in Educational Leadership (CLE) in Innovative Pedagogical Practices in Digital Contexts – National Bank at Université Laval. She holds a doctorate in education (educational technology) and a master’s degree in educational technologies from Concordia University. As Chairholder, Naffi’s research focuses on the ethical, critical, responsible and sustainable application of disruptive digital technologies such as artificial intelligence in education, training, talent development and upskilling and reskilling of the future and current workforce for the future of work.

Ariel Harlap

Ariel Harlap

MA Student Educational Technology

Ariel Harlap is a community project instigator. He tries to listen deeply and openly share ideas while bridging across sectors. He has over 10 years of professional experience in project management and organizational strategy, and another 4 years in geosciences. Under his leadership, Techno Culture Club became a recognized innovator in community technology education for the public sector. Ariel has contributed to and co-organized various social movements in Montreal relating to participatory and active citizenship.