The Digital Learning Commons offers customized support for students, faculty, staff, and the broader MIIS community in the form of individual consultations and group workshop trainings.


  1. The Design Space is McGowan 001, which is most directly accessed at 420 Calle Principal. It can also be accessed by walking through the Learning Lab and down the steps.
  2. The Learning Lab is on the first floor of McGowan, and you can reach it by entering McGowan on Pacific Street and heading to the right (around the back of McGowan 102). You can also enter at 420 Calle Principal and go up the stairs.
  3. The Co-working Suite is on the second floor of McGowan, MG 210. This is where the DLC’s Pacific Room is also located, so go straight there if you have reserved that room. Inside the co-working suite are four rooms:
    • Pacific Room—reservable small group working space
    • Otter Room—quiet drop-in study space or for very small meetings
    • Tidal Zone—casual lounge
    • The Cove—offices for some of the full-time DLC staff

Reserve a DLC Space

  • Our Design Sp@ce (MG001) is a common area that you can customize to your needs, such as classroom-style, lounge area, or small working groups. We encourage students and faculty to reserve the D Sp@ce for classes, events and projects. When not reserved, it’s open to all as a place to come study, have meetings, or just hang out between classes. View our online availability calendar here.
  • We have two recording booths (Learning Lab) set up with microphones and software to record podcasts, edit media projects, conduct virtual meetings or interviews, etc. Reserve a recording booth here.
  • We have two reservable rooms (Co-working Suite) for group work or individual use. Reserve the Otter Room or the Pacific Room here.


Appointments and Drop-ins

Whether MIIS faculty, staff, or student, if you need help with something, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with us. You can also drop-in to the DLC for help, Mon-Fri, during our open hours. Just look for anyone wearing a name tag or lanyard; we are all happy to help!

Graduate assistants and staff are on hand in the Learning Lab to field questions and assist with projects that might include a variety of tools with digital or design components:

Academic Cyberinfrastructure Platforms

Multimedia – Audio & Video

  • Video Editing (iMovie, Camtasia, YouTube Editor, Wevideo, Final Cut Pro)
  • Audio Recording and Editing, Podcasting (Garage Band, Audacity, Camtasia)
  • Digital Storytelling (Garage Band, Audacity, Camtasia, Soundslides, Adobe Spark)
  • Voiceover Lectures and Presentations (Camtasia)
  • Skype recording, Screencasting (Skype Recorder, Camtasia)

Presentation & Graphic Design

  • Photo Editing (Photoshop, PicMonkey)
  • Presentation Tools (Keynote, Powerpoint, Prezi)
  • Infographics (PiktochartCanva)
  • Digital Signs, Fliers, Banners, Posters, etc. (Powerpoint, Keynote, Canva, Photoshop, Word,, InDesign)

Blogging & Web Tools


  • Data Analysis (Excel, Tableau, Qualtrics, and more) —  These tools are actually supported by the META Lab
  • Design Thinking
  • Project & Idea Development

Schedule an Appointment for a Consultation

Students or faculty requiring more advanced support are welcome to set up appointments with specific staff or GAs. Link to: Appointment Request Form

Skill-Building Workshops & Resources

We also occasionally host a series of skill-building workshops in the Design-Sp@ce located in the McGowan Building at 420 Calle Principal St.

We would like to remind you about our campus-wide access to online video training and tutorials for software you or your students may be working with. To access these videos go to and login with your MIIS username and password.

Course Project Support

If your class has a digital learning need that we could help with, let us know! Contact us by completing our online Workshop Request Form or send us an email at

We’ve had great success in consulting with classes that are integrating website projects, presentation skills, digital stories, podcasting and tele-collaboration.

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