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

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Renee Williams 
Tuition: $441/per semester hour graduate credit or $1,323 per course.
Tuition is the same for Wisconsin residents, out-of-state and international students.

Spring: January 28 - March 22, 2019
Tuition due February 27, 2019

How do I register?

Complete the Online Registration Form.

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

When is the registration deadline?

Reserve your spot now. This program is very popular, and courses fill well before the start date. This course is offered three times each year (spring, summer, and fall).

Withdrawal and Refund Policy

You Will Learn How to

  • Initiate after school maker clubs or an entrepreneurship experience.
  • 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 maker learning activities.
  • 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
  • Public and Academic Librarians


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.

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.

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

Enroll in this course to meet your goals for

  • professional development
  • license renewal
  • continuing education refresher course
  • graduate credits/electives
  • transfer the credit to another university

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

No travel to campus - 100% Online

  • Participate 24/7 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.
  • There are no required "live" chat sessions.
  • This is not a self-paced class.

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