DC Support for Courses and Academic Programs

The Duderstadt Center provides essential resources, including technology-enabled spaces and expert curricular and technical advisors, to support U-M courses and academic programs across many disciplines.

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.

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.

As of Fall semester 2021, some spaces in the Duderstadt Center are now available for regularly-scheduled classroom instruction for credit courses. These include the Advanced Training Labs 1 and 2, and Flex Labs A and B. Instructors should use the Classroom Reservation Request Form to inquire. Your request will be reviewed and you will be contacted regarding availability. Deadline for requests for Winter Semester 2022, is October 15, 2021.

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