In a makersystem, local makerspaces network together to offer specialized capabilities to a larger community.
We are working hard to make sure MIT students have access to the tools, spaces and information they need to make, create and innovate.
Mobius stores student credentials that are visible to the student and other shop managers enabling students to access tools more quickly in various shops at MIT.
A credential in Mobius is not a guarantee of access, but it does show verified credentials from various makerspaces on campus. Credentials are created by shop managers once they have trained a student on how to properly use a piece of equipment or class of equipment.
By design, the credential is a collection of text fields that can specify a range of skill levels and even groups of equipment. Each credential is marked with the date it was issued and the name of the shop manager assigning it so that managers at other makerspaces on campus can decide the appropriate level of supervision and/or training needing to get students access to maker equipment.
A Mobius credential contains 5 key pieces of information:
Mobius shop managers have the ability to look up credentials on their smartphone, tablet through the Mobius app or computer through the Mobius admin portal.
To view Mobius Credentials via the app, login to Mobius on your smartphone or tablet and click on Credentials. Then search for the student by name or kerberos principle to bring up the student’s information including a photo. Students can also see any credentials issued to them through the Mobius app on their smartphone and can show that to you as an alternative to looking it up for every student coming into your shop.
To view Mobius Credentials via the admin portal, login, click on Students and then search by name or kerberos principle to bring up the student’s information page. Click on the word Credentials under the user’s photo to expand and show the list of credentials the student has. You will also have to expand the Type. Information on the issuer of the credential is currently only available via the Mobius app.
Mobius shop managers can create credentials in two ways.
The credential upload template is very useful for issuing multiple repeated credentials. The MakerLodge uses it to issue credentials on a number of specific machines (2 laser cutters, 4 3D printers, etc.) to dozens of students at a time. If a student does not have a Mobius account but is included in your spreadsheet, an account will automatically be created if the email matches their MIT email address.
If you have trouble issuing credentials, please contact Jonathan Hunt for assistance.
When you create credentials, you can be as specific or general as appropriate to the situation. Keep in mind that the intent of the credential is for a manager of another makerspace on campus to understand from the credential what level of supervision and access is safe to provide a student coming into their shop.
If the student has a basic or introductory exposure/training on a specific piece of equipment, include words like basic or intro in the Title. If you trained a student to use a class of equipment, such as manual mills, but should be supervised closely when getting started, say that in the Notes.