Co-Make Melbourne

  • Richardson, Mark (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Bawden, Gene (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Szymkowiak, Paul (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Larence, John (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Akama, Yoko (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Elliott, Susie (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Mathwin, Helen (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Murphy, Peter (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Co-Make Melbourne (CMM) aims to discover how alternative-learning interventions might help prepare those in disadvantaged communities for the ‘future of work’. It confronts three urgent issues:
1. Inadequate access to emergent-technology learning in many institutions.
2. Lack of adaptability, flexibility, and capacity in formal curricula for developing future-work skills.
3. Lack of familiarity with design thinking in Higher Education.
The Maker Movement’s method of learning through play is proven as effective worldwide. Our team of leading design educators, practitioners and researchers propose that the informal, tactile, inquiry-led project-based learning used by the Maker’s Movement can help prepare young people for the future of work. The project uses Participatory Action Research methods and pedagogies to test this proposition with 15-24-year-old learners and parents/guardians/teachers in disadvantaged communities. It will pilot three gender-inclusive design/make programs in informal community maker spaces in Hume, Frankston and Melton. These 12-week long programs will introduce design thinking to participants and will examine how design interventions might precipitate future-job readiness.
Effective start/end date4/03/1931/01/20