2017 Infrastructure for 
Learning Funding Recipients

The Infrastructure for Learning Funding Program oversees the long-term evolution and maintenance of the inventory of instructional infrastructure in CLA. Each application is reviewed by a committee made up from OCM and technical professionals in various CLA units. In 2017, the committee approved funding of more than $330,000 in improvements that impacts 14 CLA units.

Updating Desktop Technology in 3D Lab



Anthropology received funding to replace four desktop machines that help prevent scheduling conflicts and increase capacity for student projects in the 3D lab.  


Upgrading Mobile Laptop Computers for Active Learning



Art received funding to replace 19 laptop computers as part of a heavily used mobile laptop classroom cart. The selected laptops

are the most effective computer choice for the curriculum as they make possible the design of a learning environment that is centered around the students rather than the machines and allow for the literal mobility of computers as they function in the context of performance, installation, architectural projection, interactive art, programmable media, site-specific sound art, generative art, animation, and digital drawing.

Art History Instructional Technologies

Art History


Art History received funding to upgrade the sound system in the heavily booked 445 Heller Hall. Previous IFL funding upgraded a data projector and furniture for the same space, which made the space more functional and sought after by instructors and faculty. The new funding allows for an upgrade that includes microphones so that presenters can be heard throughout the space.

Language Center Computer Classroom & Lab Maintenance

Language Center


The Language Center Computer Classrooms that use Digital Language Lab (DiLL) software continue to be a popular, greatly used resource for language courses taught in CLA, as well as language testing and self-assessment. The Language Center received funding to replace computers in Jones 15, 135, and 135B as well as one year of DiLL support and licensing.


Career Readiness for the Communication-Driven Workplace

Journalism and Mass Communications


Current resources to meet the technological demands to adequately prepare our undergraduate students for today’s workforce have not kept pace. Communication Studies received funding to purchase laptops, editing suite software, and multiple large classroom monitors. These will help implement and manage a technologized space for a student-run communication agency and undergraduate research practica in Ford B51. In addition, it will also equip a multi-functional seminar room for undergraduate training in multi-section courses, public speaking, and analysis of argument.

Technology Upgrade for CSCL Media Classrooms

Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature (CSCL)


With aging equipment,CSCL experienced a steady increase in disruptive troubleshooting and frequent class cancellations due to failing equipment. To alleviate ongoing technical problems, CSCL received funding to replace classroom technology in 135 and 325 Nicholson Hall. The classrooms are shared by multiple departments and will have an immediate impact on the quality of classroom experience.

Strengthening Signature Language Programs and Partnerships through Course Videoconferencing

German, Scandinavian and Dutch


The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) CourseShare program allows for sharing language courses among partner institutions in real time through the use of video conferencing technology. For the U of M to share more of our language courses there is a need for a mid-sized classroom space with the appropriate equipment installed.


German, Scandinavian and Dutch received funding to create such a technology-enabled space that will be shared among multiple language departments.

Instructional Upgrades for Literary Journal Courses (Department of English)



English received funding for technology upgrades to 1 Lind Hall to enhance student learning in courses that produce the award-winning undergraduate literary journal “Ivory Tower” and a graduate course that produces the Great River Review. The update to 1 Lind Hall allows for the classes to move back into the building and no longer meet in space managed by other departments as well as familiarizes students with technology used in post-graduate careers in the publishing industry.


John S Adams Geography Community Room Upgrade

Geography, Environment & Society


Blegen 445 - The John S. Adams Geography Community Room - is the department's primary GIS classroom and lecture space for a weekly R1 / PhD program's scholarly event and is used in conjunction with GIS and GEOG courses that are scheduled in the computer lab, Blegen 455. As a lecture room, the JSA room is used for the lecture component of GIS and GEOG lab courses, as well as larger seminars and other scholarly events.


With the technology well past its useful and reliable life, Geography received funding to update all equipment in the room.

Computer Lab and Loaner Pool Upgrades



LATIS maintains and manages two computer labs used by multiple departments located 680 Social Sciences and 150 Anderson. LATIS received funding to replace 25 laptops to use in the teaching spaces.


Upgrading Classroom Technology in Elliott Hall: N227, N423, S150 and S160 and Funding eProctoring



Elliott Hall had a number of classrooms in significant need of a technology upgrades. The technology in the four of the classrooms was more than 10 years old and its unreliability affected many students while in class. Psychology received funding to update the technology in classrooms.


In addition, Psychology received bridge funding for eProctoring so that they are able to continue to offer online courses decisions are made about funding eProctoring from central cost pools.

School of Music Technology Lab



The current iMacs in the School of Music Technology Lab have outlived their usefulness. In addition, updated software suites such as Adobe Creative Cloud and Music Notation, allow students and faculty to produce performance materials that can be used to document student performances.


Music received funding to replace computers and provide supporting software central to student education as complete musicians and teachers.

Hearing Aid Text Box

Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences


A hearing aid test box allows an examiner to examine the electroacousitc characteristics of hearing aid both in the box, as well as in the ear itself. The current box in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences is old and continually shuts down during use.


Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences received funding to replace the box for the benefits of students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate courses.

Technology Installation in Rarig Center Rooms 10 & 20

Theatre Arts and Dance


The Rarig Center sought funding to install AV technologies in Rarig 10 and 20. Previously, there was no AV technology in either room. Theatre Arts and Dance received funding to introduce equipment that is up to current university standards and allows students to learn with the equipment they will encounter in their professional careers.