Center for Educational Innovation

Academic Affairs and Provost

Overview of Online and Blended Programs

Since the mid-1990s, the University of Minnesota has offered classes and later full academic programs through online and blended delivery. The University now offers more than 50 online and blended learning programs through its five campuses, providing educational access to both local and distance learners. Over 2,000 courses are available online. During the 2016-17 academic year, more than 24,000 students took at least one online course.

In the online and blended learning area, the Center for Educational Innovation:

  • Supports academic unit efforts to provide students with expanded access to degree and certificate programs through online and blended options

  • Engages in ongoing benchmarking of institutional capacity and tracking of metrics

  • Provides prospective students information on online and blended courses and programs through the University of Minnesota Online website and call center

  • Advocates for streamlined policies

  • Oversees the U of M Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) partnership with Coursera

  • Provides leadership for inter-institutional online partnerships related to online learning

  • Aggregates resources to support online and blended learning


Online Program Task Group Reports

In 2016, Vice Provost Rebecca Ropers-Huilman charged two task groups to produce recommendations on how the University of Minnesota could be more strategic in its efforts in the online area.  Read more about the faculty and institutional online program task groups, their reports and major recommendations to improve support for online learning here.

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