e-Learning Consortium: Minnesota Learning Commons

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Formed May 2009
Located St. Paul, MN
Employees >2
Agency Contact Gary Langer
Executive Director
651-492-3448
Sponsor Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and University of Minnesota.
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Mission

The mission of the Minnesota Learning Commons is to provide access to effective and efficient online learning provided by Minnesota public education partners.

Description

The Minnesota Learning Commons (MnLC) was created to provide centralized access to effective and efficient online learning for Minnesotans. It is a web portal to online, education-related resources for targeted audiences and to educational opportunities, tools and services in public P-20 education. It is a joint powers organization consisting of the Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and University of Minnesota.

The MnLC consists of an Executive Committee of senior leadership of partner organizations for overall direction and budget support and an Advisory Council of interested K12 and higher education faculty, staff and administrators.

MnLC Goals include 1) Enhancing relationships among the MnLC partners; 2) Delivering expanded access to online programs and services which support the needs of the Minnesota learner; and 3) Establishing a sustainable organization that increases access to public Minnesota P-16 education.

Services

Minnesota Learning Commons services include:

  • Intersystem Workgroups on Web Accessibility, Quality Matters, Digital Literacy, Open Education Resources.
  • Promote system developed resources, tools and initiatives.
  • Pathway to quality online learning in public education.
  • Leverage limited budgets for statewide memberships including access to WCET, National Repository of Online Courses, Quality Matters, etc.
  • Provide Online Support Center for 7 day/week FAQs, phone, live chat and email support for students, faculty and parents.
  • Support annual eLearning Summit.

Initiatives & Interests

MnLC initiatives/interests include:

  • Participation in WCET SAN Network for state authorization.
  • Participation in MHEC SARA reciprocity effort.
  • Explore statewide Open Education Resources collaborative.

Organizational Documents

FY2013 Annual Report

MNLC Fact Sheet

MnLC Business Plan

Last Updated: August 2013

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