Minnesota eLearning Summit

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The MN eLearning Summit is the premier event of the Minnesota Learning Commons and a gathering place for K−12, college, and university educators and innovators in the Midwest committed to effective online and blended learning. The Summit will feature concurrent sessions focused on eLearning tools, resources, services, and best practices; opportunities to meet, collaborate, and contribute ideas for the effective use of instructional technology in and out of the classroom; and a shared vision for utilizing resource-rich tools that reach 21st-century learners.

What to expect

  • 300+ educators, innovators, and presenters
  • About 80 concurrent breakout sessions covering topics of eLearning including blended, flipped, digital learning
  • Bring-your-own-device learning sessions
  • Presentations for all skills levels, including experienced educators, as well as those new to digital learning
  • Exhibitors showcasing the latest resources and tech solutions
  • Opportunities to network with professional colleagues
  • Certificate of attendance for CEUs.

Facilitated by

College of Continuing and Professional Studies

Keynote Speakers

Bryan Alexander 


Higher Education and Weirder Technology in the 2020s

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 – 8:30-9:30 a.m.

How can we best prepare for a new academic environment for the next generation? Education is facing a rising tide of challenges as we approach the 21st century's third decade. Many campuses face tightening financial problems. Demographic changes are rewriting our enrollment expectations. The globalization of higher education is starting to run into the crosscurrent of rising nationalism. At the same time, digital technology is rapidly mutating into a dizzying array of options, threats, and experiences. Blockchain, mixed reality, big data, algorithms, artificial intelligence, to name a few, present a challenging new world. Technology intersects with society and politics in ways that can be breathtaking, dystopian, or liberating - possibly all at the same time. How can we guide American higher education forward across this terrain?

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Bryan Alexander is an internationally known futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher, working in the field of how technology transforms education. He completed his English language and literature PhD at the University of Michigan in 1997, with a dissertation on doppelgangers in Romantic-era fiction and poetry.

Then Bryan taught literature, writing, multimedia, and information technology studies at Centenary College of Louisiana. There he also pioneered multi-campus interdisciplinary classes, while organizing an information literacy initiative. From 2002 to 2014 Bryan worked with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), a non-profit working to help small colleges and universities best integrate digital technologies. With NITLE he held several roles, including co-director of a regional education and technology center, director of emerging technologies, and senior fellow. Over those years Bryan helped develop and support the nonprofit, grew peer networks, consulted, and conducted a sustained research agenda.

In 2013 Bryan launched a business, Bryan Alexander Consulting, LLC. Through BAC he consults throughout higher education in the United States and abroad. Bryan also speaks widely and publishes frequently, with articles appearing in venues including The Atlantic Monthly and Inside Higher Ed. He has been interviewed by and featured in MSNBC, US News and World Report, National Public Radio, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, Pew Research, Campus Technology, and the Connected Learning Alliance.

Goldie Blumenstyk



Mapping the New Education Landscape

Thursday, August 2, 2018 – 11:00 a.m. - Noon 

As colleges adjust to new populations, new technologies, and new teaching paradigms, what principles do they need to keep at the forefront to ensure equity for all?

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As a reporter and an editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education since 1988, Goldie Blumenstyk has covered a wide range of topics, including distance education, the Internet boom and bust, state politics, university governance, and fund raising. She is nationally known for her expertise on for-profit higher education, college finances, and university patents and the commercialization of academic research. She has reported for The Chronicle from several countries in Europe and from China, and her stories have received numerous awards, including first place from the Education Writers Association for 2011 for beat reporting on the Business of Higher Education. 

Blumenstyk is a frequent speaker at higher-education industry conferences, at events designed for members of the news media, and as a guest on radio and public-television shows. Her articles on colleges' relationships with industry, including their efforts to become biotech hubs and their dealings with corporate giants like BP, ExxonMobil, and Novartis, have been widely cited by other experts. She is also the author of American Higher Education in Crisis? What Everyone Needs to Know, published by Oxford University Press, 2015.


2018 Summit Registration Fees

Regular Registration rates are valid until July 13, 2018. Beginning July 14, 2018, the registration fee is $310.

$260—Regular Registration
$190—K-12 Registration. To receive the K-12 rate, you must register with a valid K-12 e-mail account. ONLY available until July 13. 

Subsidized registration rates will be available for University of Minnesota employees who are selected as presenters, groups of three or more University of Minnesota employees, and for Minnesota State attendees. Subsidies are provided by these partner entities. Further information will be distributed directly to eligible registrants.

Use the online registration when registering a single person and paying with a credit card. After registering online you will receive “Registration Confirmation” and “Receipt” e-mails from ccapsconf3@umn.edu (you may want to check your Spam folder if you don’t see these in your Inbox).

Use the paper registration form when registering multiple people, registering someone other than yourself, or when you need to have the registration fee billed to your organization.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you need to cancel your registration, a refund—minus $30—will be issued if you cancel by July 20, 2018. Cancellations after this date will not be eligible for a refund. Please e-mail ccapsconf3@umn.edu to cancel your registration, or fax a request to 612-624-5359.

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The College of Continuing and Professional Studies (CCAPS) is offering digital badges to participants of the 2017 Minnesota eLearning Summit. Learn more

Presentation Materials

One of the important goals of the Minnesota eLearning Summit is to promote the widespread sharing of ideas on teaching, learning, and technology. To accomplish this, we are asking that presenters post their materials on the Summit content repository. You will also have the option of assigning one of the three commonly used Creative Commons licenses to allow for further dissemination. 

Including your materials in the eLearning Summit repository provides ongoing open access to your presentation, promoting greater impact of your ideas for a broader audience.

Posting your materials is easy (less than 10 minutes):

  1. Go to: http://pubs.lib.umn.edu/minnesota-elearning-summit. Click on “Submit Presentation” on left side bar.
  2. Create a new account by clicking “Sign Up” and filling out the account information. You will receive an email message with a link to activate your account. (Or use the account information that you may have set up during last year's Summit.)
  3. Click on the link in the email and follow the instructions on the screen.

Additional information about your session including description, audience focus, schedule, biography will be automatically populated when posted on the site.

If you wish to share your presentation more broadly, we have also provided an easy way for you to select one of three “Creative Commons” licenses (that facilitate sharing and reuse of your content) on the submission form:

  1. Creative Commons Attribution 4.0—This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.
  2. Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0—This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work noncommercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be noncommercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.
  3. Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication 1.0—CC 1.0 enables scientists, educators, artists and other creators and owners of copyright- or database-protected content to waive those interests in their works and thereby place them as completely as possible in the public domain, so that others may freely build upon, enhance, and reuse the works for any purposes without restriction under copyright or database law.

Complete information on these licenses is available from the Creative Commons website.

Excellence Awards

2018 Minnesota eLearning Summit Excellence Awards Call for Nominations

Submit Your Nomination - Deadline: June 15, 2018

The Minnesota eLearning Summit committee is pleased to announce the third MN eLearning Excellence Awards Call for Nominations. The Excellence Awards will recognize teachers, faculty, administrators, and staff engaged with or who develop or support exceptional online, hybrid, or web-enhanced learning experiences or projects. The awards are open to individuals or teams who are affiliated with Minnesota-based E−12 or higher education institutions. Self-nominations are welcome.

Finalists and winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at the MN eLearning Summit. Award winners are expected to register for the conference and need to be present to receive the award. The time of the award ceremony will be listed in the final conference program. Nominations should identify the award category for which the entry is submitted and include background information about why the submission is worthy of receiving an award.

Nominators are encouraged to include other documentation or attachments that best illustrate the nominated projects (e.g., web links, screenshots, images, PDF, Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files). Links to video or audio files and letters of support can also be submitted.


Given to organizations or individuals who demonstrate exceptionally creative methods or technologies to address important student needs. The drive for creative and continuous improvement is paramount to innovation. A nomination to this category should demonstrate a break with conventional processes to address needs and go beyond marginal improvements. This innovation can be within a course, a program, or project at the individual, institutional, or community level.


Given to organizations or individuals who demonstrate exceptional collaboration within a course, department, institution/school, or system of institutions. Collaboration denotes communication between and among learners, instructors, administrators, internal and external experts/mentors, researchers, and/or community members. A nomination to this category could include creative collaboration within a course, department, or institution; collaboration could also involve external agencies, corporations, K−12 schools or school districts, Colleges and
Universities, and/or consortiums. Especially welcome are nominations for collaborations between secondary and post-secondary institutions or systems.


Given to organizations or individuals who, through their work, construct or reflect an extraordinary impact on teaching and learning or other desired outcome. High, significant, or extraordinary impact on teaching and learning, service to students, institutional effectiveness, and leadership are paramount to this award category. A nomination to this category should be able to be replicated by others either internally to the nominee’s institution or externally. It should have wide influence and scope. Additionally, it should be worthy of being considered an effective practice with broader implementation.

You should consider submitting a nomination if you or a team on which you have been a member have:

  • Used a collaborative approach to develop curriculum for use across departments or institutions or in partnership between K−12 and higher education
  • Incorporated technologies you believe impact learning effectiveness in the online or blended course
  • Built a community of learners or learning circles in eLearning that can be considered a best practice for replication
  • Launched an online course everyone said couldn’t be done and have results to prove its effectiveness
  • Used a technology platform in unique ways to plan projects and effectively communicate within your institution
  • Developed customized learning paths in a course or have “gamified” aspects of your course
  • Played a critical role in the development of a strong accessibility plan at your institution
  • Completed an eLearning pilot project that can be replicated across disciplines or institutions for greater impact and reach
  • Implemented a particularly useful technology integration or innovation that assists faculty and students in the teaching and learning process


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