Educational Innovations

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Kim Lynch

Senior System Director of Educational Innovations


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Welcome to Educational Innovations

One unit of Academic and Student Affairs, we are an energetic team that seeks to identify, seed, and support innovative technologies and talent to drive and enable the highest-quality teaching and learning experiences for students across Minnesota State.

Below are the multiple ways we help support innovation in the Minnesota State system.

Network for Educational Development

The NED was established to provide educational development opportunities that are designed by Minnesota State faculty and staff for Minnesota State faculty and staff. These opportunities help build awareness, develop knowledge, skills, and abilities, and provide space for reflecting and revising. 

Browse the NED Events Calendar where new educational development opportunities are populated each term, including:

  • Webinars
  • Short Courses
  • Long Courses
  • Faculty Learning Communities
  • Conferences

View the NED Course Catalog.

Faculty and staff can learn more on the NED Resource Site (Sign in with

Since 2016, Minnesota State Educational Innovations has hosted the Shark Tank Open, awarding faculty and staff from around the state funding to bring their innovative ideas to life through Innovation Funding grants.

New funding rounds open annually in November.

Browse the Innovation Gallery to learn more about previously funded innovation projects.

Faculty and staff can learn more on the Innovation Funding SharePoint (Sign in with

Minnesota State promotes textbook affordability for students at Minnesota State colleges and universities by supporting and facilitating the adoption of open, low-cost, high-quality materials. We strive to do through faculty development, adequate resources, and grants.

Learn more about OER at Minnesota State.

Faculty and staff can learn more on the OER Community Site (Sign in with

Educational Innovations supports student success technologies such as library resources, campus safety tools, CRM master contracts, Info Hub, proctoring services, tutoring services.

Faculty and staff can learn more on the Student Success Technologies SharePoint Site (Sign in with

Accessibility and Captioning

Minnesota State is committed to accommodating the variety of needs and abilities of our students. 

Listed below are initiatives that support work in accessibility and captioning: 
  • Captioning Seed Funding Program - A systemwide project to explore options for the provision of transcription and captioning services to Minnesota State institutions for teaching and instructional purposes.
  • Accessibility Committee (Ad hoc) - This committee is charged to develop sustainable campus practices for addressing the creation and adoption of accessible institutional materials. It recommendpolicies, procedures, or operating instructions that could be adopted by Minnesota State regarding the creation and adoption of accessible materials.

Quality Improvement Process

The Online Strategy Workgroup developed the quality improvement process (QIP) site as a common framework that can be used to advance the state of online education throughout Minnesota State, providing structural guidance to improve student learning outcomes.

Kim Lynch, Ph.D.
Senior System Director for Educational Innovations

Tim Anderson, Ed.D, MBA
System Director for Student Success and Technologies

Scott Wojtanowski, Ph.D.
System Director for Educational Technology and Development

Catherine Ford, Ed.D.
Program Director for Educational Development

Robbie Burnett, Ed.D.
Director of Innovation and Collaboration

Brock Behling
Program Director for Instructional Technology

Michael Olesen
Project Manager

Stephen Kelly
Innovation Program Director

Megan Babel
Communications Coordinator

Ha Im Park
Administrative Coordinator

Employees can access Education Innovations information on ASA SharePoint/Connect using your and password.