A view inside the UAF CTL makerspace

The MILL

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), in collaboration with The MIX, is excited to open UAFs newest makerspace located directly in our CTL office at 131 Bunnell.

The MILL complements existing support for innovative, inclusive instruction in all modalities by providing a constructivist lab for instructors and staff to develop pedagogy based on students doing and making. As a cross-modality hub, it is designed to inspire interdisciplinary collaboration and explore the edges of technology-enabled teaching and learning. Accessible to faculty, students, and staff during scheduled events and open hours, this makerspace takes a unique approach by placing making at the center of learning, encouraging innovation, and contributing to the academic and personal growth of our community. With diverse tools and materials on hand, this initiative enhances student engagement and creativity, further enriching the UAF educational experience.

Open Hours

Monday10:00 am -3:00 pm
Tuesday10:00 am -3:00 pm
Wednesday10:00 am -3:00 pm
Thursday10:00 am -3:00 pm
Friday10:00 am -3:00 pm

Teaching as Learning Lab: Thursdays 1-4 pm

Join us for the CTL’s new Teaching as Learning Lab face-to-face in Bunnell 145! Instructional designers are here to help with your teaching and technology questions, and our makerspace will be open for an opportunity to work on projects independently and together. Questions? Contact Kendell Newman.

Available Equipment

The ChatGPT 4 Workstation

In the makerspace there is a laptop set up in this space for faculty to access a ChatGPT 4 account for free. Drop by our office in the Bunnel building to give it a try. ChatGPT is a large language model chatbot, developed by OpenAI. ChatGPT 4 is a paid tier of this tool.

The Teaching & Learning Studio

The Teaching & Learning Studio in Bunnell 143C (inside the CTL offices) is a rapidly reservable or drop-in space available to all UAF affiliates, including students. After a short training to use this space, users can schedule time in the room via Google Calendar and use the room during normal business hours of CTL.


The Latest at The MILL

  • MILL Makerspace June Challenge

    MILL Makerspace June Challenge

    June’s challenge asks you to bring in the outside. This month, embrace the vibrant and diverse landscapes of Alaska’s summer as your creative inspiration in this unique making challenge. Collect natural items from your hikes, bikes or floats — be it a colorful leaf, a smooth river stone, a wildflower, or whatever inspires you. Bring…

  • Watercolor Wednesdays this summer

    Watercolor Wednesdays this summer

    Watercolor Wednesday is happening over the summer! Join us in the Mill Makerspace, Bunnell 143, from noon to 2pm. Space is limited to 10 people due to limited supplies, so please reserve the dates you intend to join us. Summer DatesWednesday, May 15, 2024FULL!* Wednesday, May 29, 2024FULL!* Wednesday, Jun 12, 2024Wednesday, Jun 26, 2024Wednesday, Jul…

  • MILL Makerspace May Challenge

    MILL Makerspace May Challenge

    May’s makerspace challenge is all about mindfulness! This month, explore the transformative power of Mindful making at The MILL. This challenge celebrates the integration of mindfulness in education, enhancing learning through the development of self-esteem and confidence. Engage in creative projects that reconnect the cognitive and affective elements of learning, promoting both personal growth and…

  • MILL Makerspace April Challenge

    MILL Makerspace April Challenge

    Spring Awakening We have a new makerspace challenge for April. This challenge invites you to get inspired by the changing season—melting snow, returning birds, budding plants, and longer days—and create something in The MILL. Whether it’s connecting your teaching and learning to the changing season or art inspired by how this time of year makes…

  • Traditional Crafts Class Will be Hosted in the MILL

    Traditional Crafts Class Will be Hosted in the MILL

    APAR F150, Traditional Crafts (CRN 37491) is a 2-week, 2-credit class to be led by Jennifer Adams, and hosted in The MILL makerspace. Please join the class if you are interested in learning about traditional beading. WHEN: 8 April – 19 April, 2024. Please refer to the schedule below for specific times. WHERE: This hybrid…

  • Fiber Arts Afternoons

    Fiber Arts Afternoons

    A new drop-in fiber arts meet-up every Thursday afternoon from 2-4 PM. Come explore the parallels between handiwork and academic work and reflect on the practices of learning, teaching, and mentoring that they share.

  • MILL Makerspace March Challenge

    MILL Makerspace March Challenge

    Explore sound as a method in expressing educational journeys, research, personal growth, and discoveries. Whether it’s through the creation of new instruments, the innovation of sound into visual art, or the composition of songs and soundscapes, we encourage you to think outside the box and use sound as a bridge for exploration, connection, and discovery.…

  • Watercolor Wednesdays

    Watercolor Wednesdays

    Discover the art of watercolor with Shayla Sackinger on Feb. 21, Mar. 6, Apr. 3, and May 1, 2024, join us from noon to 2 pm for one of our four watercolor classes

  • MILL Makerspace February Challenge

    MILL Makerspace February Challenge

    Map Your Teaching & Learning JourneyFebruary Challenge – MILL Makerspace This challenge is open to all students, faculty and staff, encouraging you to explore and express your educational experiences, growth and discoveries through the creative medium of mapping. We encourage you to think broadly and creatively, using maps as a metaphor for exploration, discovery and…

  • Design Thinking for Families

    Design Thinking for Families

    This is a 2-day event that will be held on the evenings of 29 November 2023 and 6 December 2023, from 5-7pm, in the MIX/CTL Makerspace. Do you have a kid who likes problem-solving? Would you like to learn more about design thinking processes? Do you want a creative new light fixture for your home?…