Instructor Support

Assigning Smart Media

Assign Smart Media

DesignLab helps instructors use smart media assignments in existing or new courses. We work with instructors to develop course goals and structure, incorporate projects that complement traditional papers and reports, and target outcomes in digital literacies and integrative learning. We also help instructors to connect students to software training and equipment.

Resources from our Instructor Workshops

Check our toolkit for online tools to help make your smart media and our resources for smart media design tips.


Evaluating Media Projects

Evaluate Media Projects

What makes smart media smart?  DesignLab can help instructors with the assessment of smart media by providing rubrics focusing on conceptual, aesthetic, and technical criteria of success, as well as examples of other student projects. We are committed to enhancing students’ information, technology, and media literacies, as well as their individual and collaborative skills.


Course Planning

Plan Courses

DesignLab helps instructors use smart media assignments in almost any teaching format, including lecture, discussion, capstone, studio, and service-based learning. Some instructors assign one media project; some assign several so that students can build a portfolio of work. We can also help instructors and departments explore ways to use smart media projects in capstone, FIGs, and other types of courses.


Media Studios

Media Studios

College Library features two Media Studios for collaborative, media-rich courses.  Each studio seats up to 24 students, and the two studios can connect to serve classes of up to 48.  The studios’ moveable tables and chairs, MacPro computers, media software and LCD projectors allow for group work, seminar discussion, design crit, media production, and project presentation all within a single space.

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Share Your Work

Share the Work

DesignLab is committed to enhancing the Wisconsin Idea in the 21st century. We can help instructors and students share their media projects with one another and with other audiences through a variety of venues and channels, ranging from UW-supported and third-party blogs and social media to YouTube and iTunes U. In addition, we co-coordinate the annual Digital Salon exhibit of student projects in College Library.