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Community

Media Commons, Maker Commons and IMEX Lab have the distinct privilege of being able to work with faculty and students on a wide variety of creative projects and initiatives, all across the Commonwealth. The community of teachers and learners inspires our team – and we hope you, as well.

Notable Class Projects

BIOL 164

Course Number: BIOL 164
Instructor: Lisa Mangel
Number of Students: 90
Service Area: IMEX Lab
Technology: VR Headset, Interactive 3D Model

WMNST 106

Course Number: WMNST 106
Instructor: Maggie Condit-Summerson
Number of Students: 40
Service Area: Maker Commons
Technology: Dye Sublimation, Heat Press, Sewing Machine

EARTH 412

Course Number: Earth 412
Instructor: Tom Bartnik
Number of Students: 11
Service Area: Media Commons
Technology: Mobile Media Production

LARCH 414

Course Number: LARCH 414
Instructor: Marc Miller
Number of Students: 11
Service Area: Maker Commons
Technology: Adobe Express, Dye Sublimation, Heat Press, Generative AI

ENGR 310

Course Number: ENGR 310
Instructor: Brad Groznik
Number of Students: 24
Service Area: Maker Commons
Technology: Dye Sublimation, Heat Press

MIS 404

Course Number: MIS 404
Instructor: Bill Cantor
Number of Students: 12
Service Area: IMEX Lab
Technology: VR Headset, Collaborative VR World

ENGL 202C

Course Number: ENGL 202C
Instructor: Ray Watkins
Number of Students: 16
Service Area: Media Commons
Technology: Adobe InDesign

Semester Reports

Spring 2023 Semester Report

Spring 2023 saw 8,188 students and faculty use the Media Commons, Maker Commons, and Immersive Experiences Lab initiatives across the Commonwealth. Much of this use was focused in 221 classes in nearly every discipline offered at Penn State. To facilitate these interactions outside of University Park, traveling consultants provided 41 in-person sessions and 44 remote sessions for instruction, consultations and support.

Fall 2022 Semester Report

Fall 2022 saw 10,404 students and faculty use the Media Commons, Maker Commons, and Immersive Experiences Lab initiatives across the Commonwealth. Much of this use was focused in 315 classes in nearly every discipline offered at Penn State. To facilitate these interactions outside of University Park, traveling consultants provided 47 in-person sessions and 94 remote sessions for instruction, consultations and support.

Spring 2022 Semester Report

Spring 2022 saw 7,434 students and faculty use the Media Commons, Maker Commons, and Immersive Experiences Lab initiatives across the Commonwealth. Much of this use was focused in 213 classes in nearly every discipline offered at Penn State. To facilitate these interactions outside of University Park, traveling consultants offered 136 remote sessions to provide instruction, consultations and support.

Fall 2021 Semester Report

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Penn State provided enhanced flexibility to faculty and students to choose how they wanted to teach and learn during the Spring 2021 semester. While some classes were held in-person, others were entirely online, and many more were hybrid in numerous ways.

Events + Activities

PoetryFest

Maker Commons participated in PoetryFest at Three Dots in downtown State College. Participants made bookmarks with vinyl cut from our Cricut machine and infusible ink poems printed with dye sublimation.

Storytelling Made Easy

As part of a Spring semester of programming at Penn State DuBois, Media Commons hosted a culminating workshop on creating storytelling projects featuring Dr Lauren Jacobson McConnell from Penn State Altoona. Storytelling Made Easy reached eight faculty participants...

3D Scanning + Adobe Aero

IMEX Lab facilitated a two day event at Penn State Behrend including a 3D Scanning Roadshow stop (10 participants) and an Adobe Aero workshop (20 participants) in conjunction with the campus VAR Lab.

Arts & Architecture Staff Retreat

Maker Commons hosted the College of Arts and Architecture's Staff Advisory Council Retreat event. Maker Commons led a dye sublimation workshop, and participants made custom work socks!

MAKEiT 2022

The third MAKEiT event was held on September 13, 2022 at the Eric J Barron Innovation Hub in downtown State College. This event was planned for nine months by members of TLT’s Creative Learning Initiatives, Learning Design and Operations teams. More than 70 faculty...

Commonwealth Cricut Creators

In June, Maker Commons welcomed Commonwealth campus librarians and staff to an afternoon exploratory session for anyone adding Cricut resources to their spaces. This open session invited Commonwealth Cricut Creators to get hands on with technology they might already...

Digital Fluency Week

Greater Allegheny received the honor of being named an Apple Distinguished School for their efforts in creating a culture of digital fluency that began with the campus-wide 1:1 iPad initiative. As part of this recognition, campus leadership held an inaugural Digital...

Upcycled Fashion

Maker Commons hosted an Upcycled Fashion Design Challenge as part of Penn State Startup Week. Student teams created upcycled t-shirt brands that made sustainability statements. Teams used sewing machines, Cricut Makers, and heat presses to cut and apply custom designs...

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Media Commons

Media Commons partners with faculty from every campus and any discipline to enrich the teaching and learning experience through multimedia technology and storytelling.

Students build new skills in important mediums like video, audio, presentations, infographics, websites and more through tailored assignments supported by Media Commons workshops and 1-on-1 consultations with professional staff.

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IMEX Lab

The Immersive Experiences (IMEX) Lab offers both a space designed specifically for creation and viewing of emergent new forms of content as well as a staff of experts to help guide exploration of the technologies in and out of the classroom.

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Maker Commons

The Maker Commons is home to many cutting-edge technological resources. From our 3D printing farm to the Invention Studio, we are here to serve students, faculty, and staff in transforming education.

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Media Commons

Media Commons partners with faculty from every campus and any discipline to enrich the teaching and learning experience through multimedia technology and storytelling.

Students build new skills in important mediums like video, audio, presentations, infographics, websites and more through tailored assignments supported by Media Commons workshops and 1-on-1 consultations with professional staff.

Educator Resources | Find a Location | Browse Tutorials

IMEX Lab

The Immersive Experiences (IMEX) Lab offers both a space designed specifically for creation and viewing of emergent new forms of content as well as a staff of experts to help guide exploration of the technologies in and out of the classroom.

Educator Resources | Explore Experiences

Maker Commons

The Maker Commons is home to many cutting-edge technological resources. From our 3D printing farm to the Invention Studio, we are here to serve students, faculty, and staff in transforming education.

Educator Resources | Request Print Credits | Discover Technologies

Click the + to learn more about our services.