DC Support for Courses and Academic Programs

The Digital Media Commons provides a wide array of opportunities for hands-on learning with DC technologies, from 1-time workshops to full semester engagement with multiple technologies and diverse staff members. To schedule resources for your course or organization, Go to Connect Me to request a consultation. 

Students, artists in residence in the Magnetometer Lab at the Space Research Center, supported by multiple teams in the Duderstadt Center, present their project at the MSA symposium in February 2020.

Designated Learning Places

Classrooms in the Duderstadt Center are provided to support curricular and co-curricular learning that engages our resources.

Third floor classrooms host 20 – 60 learners 

  • Advanced Training Labs are used to teach software related to DC technologies.  
  • Flex Labs are generally used for active, team-based learning related to DC technologies.  

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

  • Audio Studios
  • Design Lab 1
  • Visualization Studio
  • Fabrication Studio

Classroom Reservations

Requests for classrooms for occasional meetings (fewer than one every 2 weeks/7 weeks) may be initiated at any time by going to Connect Me and completing the form.  Check the Classroom Request Review Schedule for current information about the timing of our review process. 

Requests for classrooms for regular meetings (more than one every 2 weeks/7 weeks) are accepted in Jan/Feb for the following Fall Semester, and Sep/Oct for the following Winter Semester. Check the Classroom Request Review Schedule for current details.

To initiate your reservation please go to Connect Me to request a consultation. 

Eligible Courses

Courses requesting to meet every other week or more often in DMC classrooms should engage expertise or technologies provided by the DMC and meet at least 2 of the following criteria:

  • Offered by a NC School, or credit-bearing in a NC School
  • Accepts students from multiple schools or colleges
  • Fosters collaboration, especially across disciplines
  • Contributes to the growth and development of DMC resources by exploring relevant technologies in an academic context and sharing new knowledge
  • Supports campus DEI objectives
  • Has been granted a special exception

DC Classroom Request Review Schedule

We are now accepting requests for classroom reservations for Fall 2022. Go to Connect Me to start your application

February 8 – February 25 – Requests accepted for regular meetings (every 2 weeks or more/7 weeks or more).

February 28- March 09 – Requests will be considered by DMC reviewers.  Every effort will be made to meet as many requests as possible.

March 10 – Decisions will be communicated via email. Reservations will be confirmed through 25Live.

March 10 – August 26 – Requests reviewed for occasional meetings (less often than every 2 weeks/7 weeks).

Ongoing after August 29 – DMC reviewers will consider and respond to short term requests as they are received.  

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.