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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 …..
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
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
Source: Partnering in the Learning Marketplace by Duin, Baer and Starke-Meyering, 2001
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
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
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.
Augment online support across systems for information advising and communications
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.
Increase the number of courses, programs and services available online
Increase the number of open source digital objects available to educators at no cost
Increase public education enrollments, retention and graduation
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.
Provide increased awareness of online learning
Create policies and practices that facilitate seamless online learning programs and services
Support development of formal and informal professional development and technical support opportunities for educators
Conduct ongoing dialogue with users through studies and analyze information and make recommendations for quality improvement
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
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.
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.
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
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