How to Request DC Spaces for Classroom Use

The Digital Media Commons provides a wide array of opportunities for hands-on learning with DC technologies, from one-time workshops to full-semester engagement, with pedagogical and technical support for the many special technologies available here. DMC staff members are here to help you find the best fit for your course needs. Use our “Connect Me” form to provide basic information about your interests and we will contact you with suggestions and get the appropriate resources scheduled for your course.


Designated Learning Places

Classrooms in the Duderstadt Center are provided to support curricular and co-curricular learning that engage the special resources available in the DC.

Third floor classrooms host 20 – 60 learners:

Advanced Training Labs are used to teach software related to DC technologies.  

Image of a class being conducted in the Advanced Training Lab of the Duderstadt Center

Flex Labs are generally used for active, team-based learning related to DC technologies. 

Flex Labs are generally used for active, team-based learning related to DC technologies.
Image by Kaavya Ramachandhran, courtesy of the Alternate Reality Initiative
Specialized Studios

Specialized Studios host small groups and provide staff members to assist with activities:

  • Audio Studios
  • Design Lab 1
  • Visualization Studio
  • Fabrication Studio
U-M 3D Printing Club members work on a project in the Fabrication Studio

Classroom Reservations for Occasional Meetings

Requests for classrooms for occasional meetings (fewer than one every 2 weeks/7 weeks) may be initiated at any time by completing the “Connect Me” form. A DC staff member member will contact you to discuss your request.


Classroom Reservations for Extended Use*

Applications for standing, pre-scheduled use of a classroom every other week, or more frequently, during for a half or full semester are reviewed twice yearly: typically in late Winter Semester for use in the following Fall Semester, and each Fall Semester for the following Winter Semester. Please note:

  • All applications are reviewed by DC staff after the closing date (i.e., this is not a first-come, first-served process)
  • Review the selection Criteria below before submitting your application
  • Please Deadlines apply to these application requests
  • You may submit your request at any time during the appropriate preceding semester
  • Deadline dates will be listed on the DC home page when available
  • You may request to be notified by email when new deadline dates are announced. Use the Connect Me form, or email: DCscheduling@umich.edu.

To initiate your reservation, please use the “Connect Me” form to request a consultation. 

*Examples:

  • one class session every-other week for a half semester (7-weeks)
  • three classes sessions each week for a full semester (14 weeks)

Criteria for Courses Requesting Regularly Scheduled Classroom Use

The Duderstadt Center is not your ordinary classroom building. We encourage use of our specialized equipment and expert staff to work with the students in your courses.  As such, courses that request regular class meetings (every other week or more frequently) in the DC for the length of a term must engage our staff and/or technologies and meet at least two of the following criteria:

  • Be offered by a NC school or college or be credit-bearing in a NC school or college
  • Accept students from multiple schools or colleges
  • Foster collaboration, especially across disciplines
  • Contribute to the growth and development of DC resources by exploring relevant technologies in an academic context and by sharing new knowledge
  • Support campus DEI objectives
  • Have been granted a special exception

Courses that have benefitted from DMC-managed learning places

Academic and future career success for students increasingly rely upon skills and knowledge they acquire collaborating in multidisciplinary teams, with technology-enabled resources, in project-based, real-world settings. U-M faculty are incorporating these learning experiences into many aspects of their teaching. Staff and instructors from groups throughout the DC provide resources essential to innovative curriculum development. These include:

  • Advising faculty and instructors on technologies and applications during course planning
  • Providing the advanced equipment, software, and collaborative spaces students need to do their work
  • Skills training and coaching of students and faculty on technologies, production environments, and industry best-practices

These activities provide scaffolding that enables faculty and students to engage in teaching and learning experiences early in their course work, free of time spent in unproductive resource planning and costly procurement.


Here is just a sampling of courses that have benefitted from the advice and resources available from DC groups.