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A Digital Media Commons program to fund student research on the use of digital media in collaborative learning


January 16, 2009

GROCS Blog has moved!

Please find us at and don't forget to update your bookmark.

MBlog has been a fabulous platform for us for two years. With just a little extra work, we were able to develop a pretty complex custom design, including Sitemaker data tables and resources retrieved from Bluestream.

As we move on to a new platform, we offer a big "Thanks!" to folks at MBlog.

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January 09, 2009

All-GROCS Meetings begin Friday 1/16

Beginning Jan 16, GROCS teams will be gathering in Design Lab One every Friday, from 3 - 5 PM. The meetings will include a little bit of administrative business, and a majority of idea-sharing. Most meetings will include opportunities for teams to solicit feedback on particular decision points in their projects. Drop-in guests are welcome to attend!

At the January 16th meeting, we also plan to photograph everyone -- for the 2009 brochure. Smile!

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November 13, 2008

A Fruitful Season to Celebrate

The Digital Media Commons extends its sincere thanks to everyone who participated in the proposal process. All of your thoughts and ideas have helped to enrich and enliven the DMC. We hope you will continue to use our resources and stay involved as we explore new tools and practices.

We especially hope you'll attend the special Tea on Wednesday, December 10 in Design Lab 1, from 4 - 5:30, to celebrate all the accomplishments of the Fall, and to kick off the new season.

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GROCS 2009 Selected Teams!

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November 11, 2008

Official Reception Scheduled

We hope to see everyone on December 10 in Design Lab 1 for the official reception for all the applicants to the GROCS 2009 cycle. Meet the reviewers, and help us to celebrate the new teams and a very strong pool of applicants alike.

Tea will be held on November 19th, but will be a much more casual affair, allowing teams and others to mingle. All members of the UM community are of course invited to both events.

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November 07, 2008

Proposal Announcement Delayed (but not by much!)

Due to the technical difficulties in submissions, and the length of the submissions,the reviewers have requested a few additional days to review the proposals. All involved want to make sure that there is time enough for thoughtful consideration of all materials submitted, and are sorry to have to delay a few days.

Look out for an announcement of the final selection in the afternoon of Thursday, November 13.

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November 02, 2008

The Reviewing Begins!

We've received 14 thoughtful and worthy project proposals this year. The reviewers will be scoring them this week, with the goal of a final decision by Monday, November 10 (probably late in the day!).

This year's reviewers include faculty members representing SI, TCAUP, and SOE; a student and former GROCS recipient; and DMC staff members.

Reviewers: click on "Reviewers' Gates", at left, to begin.

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November 01, 2008

Last minute technical difficulties?

Two teams have reported an error that prevents them from entering the team names. We haven't been able to duplicate the problem to find the cause, so we can't say for sure that it won't happen again.

If you encounter this or any other problem with the online entry form, please simply email your entry to Include each team member's name and academic status, the project abstract, and project description file (pdf or doc).

Thanks for all your efforts!

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October 31, 2008

Thanks for your submissions!

Thanks to all the teams that submitted a full proposal! To see the abstracts of those teams invited to submit, search "abstracts 2009" in the Bluestream search box on the right side of this page.

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Proposals Due Tomorrow!

Just as a clarification, proposals are due November 1st, so you can submit any time during the day up until midnight. We look forward to reading your submissions!

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October 28, 2008

Call for Collaborators - MoveGen

I am looking for collaborators, particularly individuals with strong programming skills, who have an interest in the intersection of technology and the arts. I expect to encounter challenges with 3D animation and movement physics, computer vision, gesture recognition, dance improvisation, computational creativity and artificial intelligence, so experience or interest in those areas would be beneficial.

Please contact me if you (or anyone you know) might be interested!

Aidan Feldman
4th-year, dual-degree Computer Science and Dance
cell: 708-296-3000

The abstract follows.

Continue reading "Call for Collaborators - MoveGen"

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Call for Collaborators - Our Changing World of Sounds

We here at 'Our Changing World of Sounds' are seeking a student with expertise in historical research. Specifically, we are looking for someone who is interested in researching the history of growth of the university, as well as the surrounding community. Interested? Know someone who might be? Please email me (Colin D Campbell) at Thanks!

The abstract follows.

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Call for Collaborators - GroupLoops

We're three School of Information graduate students seeking a music student to join our team for a GROCS proposal. We'd like to develop a proof-of-concept video for iPhone collaborative music composition software. Our research will be focused on how the iPhone can be used for learning and teaching music theory while collaborating on a group track. Erik Santos is our advisor and the Director of the Electronic Music Studio.

We're looking for someone who ideally knows a lot about music theory, has some teaching experience, and understands electronic music composition software (FL Studio, Reason, Logic, Cubase, etc.) Interested students should contact before the November 1st deadline.

The abstract follows.

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October 24, 2008

Proposals, Proposals, Proposals

So, if your fall has been anything like mine, October seems to be flying by. November 1 is looming ever closer and your proposal is sitting front and center on your to-do list. As we've been saying in Tea, the proposal is absolutely vital to your success in the review. All 17 teams selected to continue to the next round of review are those that meet the spirit of the GROCS program, and all are worth funding. That being said, we have a limited pool of resources, so the proposal is key in determining the final projects that are selected. In Tea and in meetings with teams, many questions about proposals have come up, so this entry will (hopefully) clear up any questions about format, highlight the most important aspects of the proposal itself, and provide examples of past selected proposals.

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October 14, 2008

In the Ann Arbor News: Talking Points (GROCS 08)

Congratulations on another great bit of press, Talking Points team!

For GROCS 09 applicants, Talking Points is a good model to study. Visit the project website to see how the project has grown since last winter. To see their early work, including their project proposal, search for Talking Points in the Bluestream repository ->. The project was originally named "MiKnow".

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October 10, 2008

Selected Abstracts Now Available in Bluestream

The abstracts of the 17 selected projects are now available in BlueStream. To find them, search for "abstract" or the name of the team in the search box to your right.

Interested in collaborating with a project whose abstract you see? Contact and we'll help connect you with the team.

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17 Teams Invited to Submit Full Proposals

The GROCS 2009 Call for Proposals attracted fifty-six Proposal Abstracts from students representing 47 academic departments. Twenty-nine abstracts received at least one "high priority" mark from reviewers, indicating a generally excellent field of entries. Seventeen teams have been selected to continue the proposal process.

The seventeen teams selected to continue will have until November 1 to gather additional team members and to complete the full proposal, which includes a literature review and a more detailed project description. A maximum of six teams will be selected for funding.

Teams--and individuals interested in joining a team--are strongly encouraged to attend Wednesday Afternoon Tea or meet with GROCS staff during the proposal development period (email Check it out on Facebook! Our page is Design Lab One.

Teams that weren't selected to continue the GROCS proposal process are welcome to ask for feedback or advice about other possible sources of funding. All of the projects proposed are worth doing - some were simply more closely tied to GROCS goals.

The seventeen teams selected to continue are...

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GROCS '08 PROJECTS [Winter 2008]




Talking Points

GROCS '07 PROJECTS [Winter 2007]

GROCS '06 PROJECTS [Winter 2006]

GROCS '05 PROJECTS [Winter 2005]
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