University of Minnesota

Getting Started with eLearning

Incorporating eLearning in courses can help faculty create a more interactive and engaging learning environment as well as provide broader access to instruction for students. The University of Minnesota has resources available to assist faculty, staff and departments in integrating eLearning into their courses and programs.

Academic Units and System Campuses - eLearning Contacts

Many academic units have designated eLearning coordinators or instructional support contacts. Also, system campus resources are available at Crookston (Center for Teaching, Learning, & Technolog), Duluth (Information Technology Systems & Services and Instructional Development Services), Morris (Instructional Technology Services & Support), and Rochester (Course Management and Technology).

The Center for Teaching and Learning (Twin Cities) serves the University community by:

  1. leading, advancing, and supporting campus initiatives that influence the educational mission of the University;
  2. initiating and sustaining partnerships with University departments, units, colleges, and campuses to advance best practices in teaching and learning; and
  3. deepening the pedagogical knowledge and teaching effectiveness of the University teaching community.

The Office of eLearning works with central support and academic units to advance online and blended learning, focusing in three main areas:

  1. promoting quality rubrics, stream-lined policies, and scalable/sustainable models;
  2. ensuring a data driven approach through metrics, reporting, and regulatory compliance and
  3. supporting graduate/professional and undergraduate eLearning academic program enhancement and access.

Academic Technology Support Services (OIT): provides course and media production, as well as support for teaching with technology and the investigation of emerging technologies. Course and media production services are available to University faculty and staff who would like to design and produce learning resources for face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses. Academic technologists are also available to help faculty and staff explore how to effectively incorporate technology into their academic practice to advance their teaching, research, and outreach goals.

University of Minnesota Libraries: The University Libraries support the digitally enhanced learning environment by helping faculty to integrate library and other alternative course content and services into existing and future course environments. Recent efforts have focused on:

  1. providing consultation on Copyright/Fair Use issues in the online course environment,
  2. creating new, streamlined processes and platforms for choosing, buying, and serving up course readings/texts for students, and
  3. helping faculty interested in alternative course readings (library licensed materials, open textbooks, etc.) locate or publish and disseminate content to their students.

System campus library contacts are available at Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester.

Office of Classroom Management: accountable for all aspects of central classrooms and study space, which includes service coordination, technology, course database & scheduling, planning and support. OCM also provides audio visual design and installation expertise to the University

College of Continuing Education: conducts program feasibility assessment (including market analysis, internal analysis, and financial scenarios), management of the Digital Campus website, and marketing of online programs through the Digital Campus. For service requests contact


More Information

Connect with Center for Educational Innovation consultants to move forward with your eLearning goals. To request service, submit a request on our online form.