EDUC 660 Teaching for Creativity and Innovation: The Maker Culture and Makerspaces

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Shannon Mersand
Summer: June 5 - July 28, 2017
Fall: September 25 - November 17, 2017

Tuition, Due Dates, and Registration

You Will Learn How to

  • Build a Makerspace in your school, library or classroom.
  • Articulate the relationship between Makerspaces and academic disciplines.
  • Guide students through design challenges, and explore fixed stations versus workshops.
  • Apply learning theories that support making principles when designing learning activities.
  • Align instructional goals to design maker-style learning experiences.
  • Demonstrate appropriate teaching and assessment behaviors in a maker environment.
  • Unleash your creativity with innovative tools and maker project ideas that support learning in all content areas.

Who Should Enroll

Our students include:

  • PK-12 classroom teachers
  • School library media specialists
  • Teacher-librarians
  • STEM educators
  • Tech integration teachers
  • Educational technology teachers

You may enroll in this course for

  • continuing education
  • license renewal/recertification
  • graduate credits
  • transfer credit to another university

This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program. 


Learn evidence-based instructional strategies and how to use tools (physical or virtual) to support building models, prototypes, inventions and innovations and encourage creative problem solving and team collaboration across a wide range of subject matters and all grade levels.

Applications of learning theory and assessment strategies will be employed to create K-12 interdisciplinary inquiry-based maker experiences.

Frequently Asked Questions about Makerspaces

Our Students Say ...

"This was one of the best courses I have taken in YEARS  - and I have taken quite a few online courses from a variety of institutions. The course content was excellent, the activities were relevant, rigorous and thought provoking."

"This was the most interesting and applicable elective course that I have taken--time and money well spent!"
- Molly Dall'Osto, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"I like how we got to submit work product in different formats - infographics, cartoons, presentations, podcasts, etc. I never have time to learn those things during the school year and this course gave me the freedom to do that. I was able to take what I was doing for this course and apply it to my classroom during this school year!

"I have been looking for a course like this to engage students in learning while doing hands-on fun activities! Highly recommend this course to anyone involved with students!"
~Terri Lee Pocernich, Ashland, Wisconsin


Textbook to Purchase

Martinez, S. L., & Stager, G. (2013). Invent to learn: Making, tinkering, and engineering in the classroom. Torrance, CA: Constructing Modern Knowledge Press. ISBN: 978-0989151108

You will be provided a second book as an e-textbook after you log in to the course. If you prefer to have a hard copy, you may purchase the book used or new, or rent the textbook from an online book source such as or

Honey, M., & Kanter, D. (2013). Design, make, play: Growing the next generation of STEM innovators. New York, NY: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0415539203

Additional web-based readings, virtual field trips, and videos will be available within the course.

If you need a copy of the syllabus for your district to approve enrollment in the class, email: Online Professional Development
Phone: 715-232-2693

No travel to campus is required.

  • This class is asynchronous and open to you 24/7.
  • Participate from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule.
  • The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component.
  • All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox.
  • Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week. This is not a self-paced class.

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