UMSI Design Clinic

UMSI Design Clinic: Social Media and User Experience

The University of Michigan School of Information’s newly launched Entrepreneurship Program has developed a model of academic and community consultation in human-computer interaction fields including: user experience and user interface design, social media and website development. The UMSI Design Clinic will offer student and area entrepreneurs’ weekly walk-in advising opportunities in addition to longer-term consultation based on client need. Teams of students with beginner to advanced skills in human computer interaction and project management will offer services to clients and actively mentor each other. By developing this mentorship model, we will enable early-stage information science students to apprentice with advanced students and experts, regardless of skill level, and to build multiple opportunities to suit the dynamic real-world needs of our community.

Broadly, the UMSI Design Clinic aims to coordinate complementary skills developed by UMSI students across specializations in a single consultation setting; build strong peer-to-peer mentorship and alumni-student mentorship through an apprenticeship framework and consultation of campus and area entrepreneurs; expose currently enrolled UMSI students to experiential learning opportunities based on real-world business constraints; and provide much-needed services to the academic and area community organizations and businesses based on UMSI domain strengths.

Project Team:

Nancy Benovich Gilby, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Information and Research Investigator, School of Information

Emily Puckett Rodgers, Entrepreneurship Project Manager, School of Information