Project Dates: 2011 – present
The FabLearn Global Conference is the premier international research conference on Making in Education. Conceived and managed as a program of the TLTL, it is an annual ACM-recognized conference that brings together hundreds of top researchers, practitioners and policy-makers from around the world. Each event features keynotes and panels by thought-leaders in maker education, as well as paper and poster presentations by educators and researchers, hands-on workshops, and student project showcases.
Now in its ninth year, the evolution of the FabLearn conference parallels the growth of the maker movement from niche community to mainstream movement, reaching hundreds of thousands of students around the planet. Since 2011, the number, range, and diversity of qualitative and quantitative research efforts being shared at FabLearn has steadily increased. Practitioners and students, have brought to the conference interdisciplinary, sophisticated curricular design examples and approaches in all shapes and forms, embracing the nature and complexity of project-based, student-centered learning.
Apart from the annual FabLearn Global conference gathering at Teachers College, Columbia University (previously at Stanford University), country- and continent-wide sister conferences have taken place in Denmark, England, Japan, Australia, Finland, Norway, Thailand, Israel, Italy, and Brazil. Furthermore, since 2016, FabLearn has been approved as in-cooperation conference with the Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction—ACM SIGCHI.