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Faculty in Maker Commons

Faculty Guide

If you are assigning a multimedia-intensive project in your class, we can conduct an in-class workshop in our instructional computer lab to get your students up-to-speed on the required software quickly.

For University Park courses, we also offer the use of our lab for classes to work on their assignments during a class period. These allow for both yourself and a Maker Commons consultant to be available for students to answer any questions or give advice on the progress of their projects.

We highly recommend that faculty register each 3D printing assignment with us to ensure students have appropriate access to the 3D printers so that they can successfully complete the assignment. To get started, please us the Project Registration Form in the Start Here section below.

Start Here

Register Your 3D Printing Assignments and Projects

The Maker Commons can accommodate approximately 3,200 3D print requests each semester. To ensure your students can print their course assignment or project, we recommend that you register each 3D printing project with us early in the semester. Registering collects information like project details, due date, number of students and estimated number of prints for the class.

Project Registration Form

Project Support + Technology Training

Send your students to Maker Commons individually or in groups to get support at any time during the course of completing their multimedia projects. Consultants will work with you one-on-one to learn the software and technology you need for your projects. We can teach you the basics quickly so you can start immediately or spend time with you learning software in-depth.

Learn About Support

Student Assignment Design

Maker Commons consultants and instructional designers can work with you to design assignments that are effective, engaging and work within your timeframe. We can also provide resources such as sample projects and rubrics.

Meet Our Team

Rapid Prototyping in the Invention Studio

The Invention Studio allows students to experiment with rapid prototyping technologies like littleBits, LEGO, Philips HUE, Arduino, Raspberry Pi and more. Consultants are happy to discuss prototyping assignments.

Discover the Invention Studio

Tip: Contact Maker Commons prior to sending large groups of students our way – and as early in the semester as possible. The more in advance we know, the better the assistance we can provide. You may want to consider our usage trends when scheduling your 3D Printing projects.

Sample Assignments

Take advantage of these sample assignments, guides to course projects and more to get going with multimedia in your classroom today.

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Need a little help with a project you’ve assigned or activity your students have embarked upon? These resources should fit the bill.

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Pilots, Projects + Programs

Want to take part in the latest offerings from Maker Commons and Media Commons? Find out more about our pilots, projects and programs.

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