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  • Article 34 of the 1997 Higher Education Bill defines Virtual University Minnesota as a system to provide the uniform delivery of higher education administrative services and program offerings to students through the electronic medium of the InternetMinnesota Virtual University is a customer driven gateway to Minnesota higher education and opportunities for lifelong learning. MnVU is organized to facilitate, coordinate, and promote access, quality, partnerships, and greater efficiency in Minnesota higher education. Not a new university; Includes business and industry as partners; Includes Internet System for Education and Employment Knowledge (ISEEK); Includes online library services for the entire state (MnLINK)Digital front door to higher education in Minnesota (common course catalog)Streamlined access tofinancial aidregistration and tuition servicesarticulation and transfer informationacademic portfoliostexts and librariesonline courses, modules, programsSingle-entry point to learning services and resources throughout Minnesota Mission: To helplearners find the courses they needcommunities and businesses find available and customized education and traininglearners find support services, such as library and information services"If MnVU develops as planned, the effect on career transitioners will be revolutionary.” Pioneer Press, 9.26.99
  • GOALSAccessOne stop accessEasy access to digital resourcesPromote seamless & effective transfer/credit bankResourcesOnline support centerDegree Completion: H.S. diploma, 2 yr, 4 yrInformation literacy trainingEffective online teaching and learningBest practices for student outcomesFree electronic portfolio systemCollaborationFacilitate partnerships that create efficiencies and enhance effectivenessFacilitate exchange of information & resourcesLeverage existing content and resources state-wideCommunicate best practices for enhanced transition of students from K12 to higher edAdvocacyPolicies and programs that advance online learningPromote use of high quality, reusable learning objectsPromote IP rights of educators and institutions
  • Quality StandardsCourse Readiness RubricQuality Matters Initiative (MarylandOnline)CENTSSNoel-Levitz Priority Survey for Online LearnersHLC GuidelinesPeer Review for institutional readiness

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  • 1. Building a Statewide Commons
    Minnesota Learning Commons
    Strategic Partnerships & Leveraging Resources
    October 2009
  • 2. Introduction
    Mary Mehsikomer
    Network Coordinator
    NW-LINKS/Region 1
    (218) 284-3117
    mary@region1.k12.mn.us
    http://www.region1.k12.mn.us/NWLINKS
  • 3. Minnesota Learning Commons
    Commons: a tract of land in a centrally located spot, belonging to or used by a community as a whole.
    http://www.mnlearningcommons.org
    For 21St Century Learning …..
  • 4. Collaboration of …
    Strategic Partnerships
    Collaborations
    MinnesotaOnline
    Mindquest
    Learning Network of MN
    GetSTEMMn
    MN-STEM
    Digital Campus
    Online Learning Alliance
    ISEEK
    College Readiness
    Internet 2
    MnLC
  • 5. The need results from…
    Growth in online learning
    K12 and post-secondary
    Value of education technology investments
    Limited state investments with budget crunch
    Competition among states and among nations
  • 6. History
    • 1996 Idea began
    • 7. 1997 Legislation creating Mn Virtual University - MnVU
    • 8. 1999 MnVU launched
    • 9. 2000 ISEEK/MnVU Joint Powers
    ISEEK and MnVU merge operations
    • 2002-3 State Digital Learning Plan Study
    • 10. 2003 1st eLearning Summit
    • 11. 2004 MN Digital Learning Plan Report
    • 12. 2004 Learning Innovations Council created by ISEEK
    • 13. 2006-8 K-12 Online Learning Advisory Council
    • 14. 2008 K-12 Online Learning Advisory Report
    • 15. 2009 Mn Learning Commons (MnLC) created
    • 16. 2009 MnLC Business Plan
    Source: Partnering in the Learning Marketplace by Duin, Baer and Starke-Meyering, 2001
  • 17. MnLC Mission
    The mission of the Minnesota Learning Commons is to provide access to effective and efficient online learning provided by Minnesota public education partners.
    7
  • 18. MnLC Purpose
    P-16 Gateway to provide …
    Access to online courses & programs
    Digital resources and tools
    Teacher & staff training
    Online support for Students, Educators, Parents and Citizens of Minnesota
    Joint development and sharing
    Best practices
    Group licensing
  • 19. What will it do?
    Promote and advocate
    Share and educate
    Develop and fund
    Originally sponsored by the Learning Innovations Council that has funded unique projects like … Technology Literacy, Online College in the High School, Rural Health Care Module, Alcohol & Campus Life Course, Chinese ITV/Online, etc.
  • 20. Developed by Jon Voss
  • 21. Plan Goal One
    Goal One: Enhancing relationships among the MnLC partners.
    • Outcomes:
    • 22. Increase coordination and communication of online learning initiatives across the Minnesota P-16 community
    • 23. Share a statewide digital repository
    • 24. Augment online support across systems for information advising and communications
    • 25. Advance recognition of credit for prior learning
  • Plan Goal Two
    Goal Two: Delivering expanded access to online programs and services which support the needs of the Minnesota learner.
    • Outcomes:
    • 26. Increase the number of courses, programs and services available online
    • 27. Increase the number of open source digital objects available to educators at no cost
    • 28. Increase public education enrollments, retention and graduation
    • 29. Increase access to education for under-served populations
  • Plan Goal Three
    Goal Three: Establishing a sustainable organization that increases access to public Minnesota P-16 education.
    • Outcomes:
    • 30. Provide increased awareness of online learning
    • 31. Create policies and practices that facilitate seamless online learning programs and services
    • 32. Support development of formal and informal professional development and technical support opportunities for educators
    • 33. Conduct ongoing dialogue with users through studies and analyze information and make recommendations for quality improvement
    • 34. Facilitate a shared services approach to providing instructional technologies in a cost-savings manner
  • MINNESOTA LEARNING COMMONS
    UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
    MINNESOTA STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
    MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
    ONLINE PROGRAMS & COURSES
    EDUCATORS
    TOOLS & RESOURCES
    ADVISORS
    MnLC
    ProjectLegacy
    DIGITAL REPOSITORY
    PARENTS
    STUDENTS
    PUBLIC EMPLOYEE Training
    14
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  • 38.
  • 39. MNLC NING Site http://www.mnlearningcommons.ning.com
  • 40. Access through the Digital Pipelines of the Digital Campus
    iTunes U
    YouTube
    Research Channel
    Internet 2
    Learning Platform
    Big 10 Network
    RSS feeds
  • 41. The U of M & iTunes U
  • 42. Resources
  • Leverage Resources: eFolioMN
  • 52. Items that you might select (often called artifacts or evidence of learning) can be…
    wiki
    Electronic Portfolio Content
    what you post is what will others will see
    …each electronic portfolio (site) displays selected items & reflections based on the owner’s choices.
  • 53.
  • 54. Pachyderm Teacher Training Pilot Project
    Pachyderm is an open source application that allows for the creation of web-based and multimedia learning experiences by educators with limited technical skills. Learning materials created with Pachyderm are optimized for web, CD-ROM or desktop delivery.
    This project used resources from the Minnesota Digital Library's Minnesota Reflections database of more than 30,000 copies of the state's historical resources.
  • 55. Resources
  • Create For Class
    Create To Share
    Learning Object Repository (LOR)
    New Course Creation
    Learning Content Creation
    ?
    Learning Mgmt System
    Class Usage
    Class
    ?
    Decide To Share
    What does a LOR do?
    Online Digital Exchange
    • Stores Digital Learning Content
    • 65. Indexes and Organizes Content for Searching
    • 66. Shares Content with other Authorized Users
    • 67. Standards Compliant to ensure objects can be exported to other Repositories and Learning Systems.
  • Equella
    EQUELLA provides a variety of search and discovery options:
    Basic keyword searching
    Content type searching
    Metadata field searching
    Institution defined hierarchical browsing
    Federated searching across external repositories, the internet and libraries
  • 68. Leverage Resources: Equella
  • 69. HippoCampus for NROC Network Members
    http://www.hippocampus.org/myHippo/?user=myMNLC
  • 70. Contextualized Learning Objects
    Graphics
    Text
    Documents
    Interactive Exercise
    Newsreel
    Documentary Video
    www.hippocampus.org - History - WWII - Japanese
  • 71. Leverage Resources: NROC & lodeStar
  • 72. eLearning authoring tool – a wizard that allows instructors to quickly add
  • Resources
  • Leverage Resources:u.select (CAS)
    ,
    ,
  • 89. Resources
  • MINNESOTA
    DIGITAL LIBRARY
    Leverage Resources:
    Online Library Services
  • 99. Resources
  • Leverage Resources
    Online Support Center Services
  • 109. Quality Emphasis
    Integration of quality concepts are key to online courses and program development
  • 110. Questions?
    Karen Johnson kmjohnson@projectsocrates.org
    Mary Mehsikomer mary@region1.k12.mn.us
    Gary Langer gary.langer@so.mnscu.edu
    Billie Wahlstrombillie@umn.edu