Other Resources for Faculty

Center for Educational Innovation

The Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) advances the University of Minnesota’s teaching and learning mission by providing research-informed, transformative, and inclusive leadership in teaching and learning across the University of Minnesota system. CEI's mission is to:

  • Lead and support strategic, institutional educational initiatives that advance the commitments of the systemwide strategic plan, especially around Student Success and Community and Belonging. 
  • Accelerate educational transformation in academic units through long-term change initiatives. They engage at the unit level to anticipate and respond to the changing educational landscape.
  • Partner with academic leaders across campuses, colleges, divisions, and departments to provide expertise, resources, and facilitation that advance educational priorities.
  • Support and partner with those who teach. We offer a range of ways for instructors in the university community to engage with our expertise.

Services CEI provides include:

Pedagogical Innovations Journal Club - The club was created to help busy instructors from across disciplines keep up with some of the latest innovations, ideas, and research published in pedagogical journals. Each month’s discussion focuses on a recently-published, teaching- or learning-related article. The open forum provides opportunities for participants to discuss the practical implications of the research findings with other.

Teaching Enrichment Series - This series of programs focuses on practical approaches to teaching and learning that participants can implement in their classes the upcoming semester. They bring together the energies, expertise, insights and questions of faculty, instructors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students.

Recorded Webinars - CEI records most of their live webinars and makes them available for enrollment through Training Hub. After enrolling in a section, participants will receive an email with a link to the recording and accompanying resources.

All sessions are delivered online via Zoom. Visit their website for additional offerings, session descriptions, and registration.

Academic Technology Support Services (ATSS)

UMN faculty and instructors, whether you teach online, face-to-face, or something in between, our team can help you choose and use teaching and learning technologies, design or redesign your Canvas course site, create re-usable media, and more.

Their services include:

Use Technology to Engage Learners - Work with a team of academic technology professionals to explore and integrate technology into teaching and learning practice, and create dynamic, media-rich learning environments for students.

Create Multimedia Learning Resources - Work with video specialists to create learning resources and videos for face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses, or for other academic purposes.

Explore New Technologies - Explore new and emerging academic technologies with ATSS to understand their value, highlight areas of innovation at the University and externally, and provide evidence-based recommendations for advancing select technologies to enterprise-level delivery.

Visit their website for additional information.

Teaching Support

Teaching Support works with you to achieve your teaching and learning goals. With their support, you get help from college and system campus support, University Libraries, Disability Resource Center, Academic Technology Support Services, the Center for Educational Innovation, and the Office of Distributed Learning.

Teaching Support Examples:

  • Developing course content or flipping your course
  • (Re)designing curriculums or courses
  • Saving students money by locating and sharing traditional and alternative course readings
  • Ensuring content and teaching are accessible for learners with all abilities
  • Producing dynamic course content, such as videos or animation

Visit their website for additional information.