Educational Innovations

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Kim Lynch

Senior System Director of Educational Innovations



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.

We do this by:

  • supporting collaborations that enable and advance student success
  • supporting faculty in multiple ways to ensure that all students have high-quality learning experiences
  • coordinating enterprise opportunities and solutions that add value for Minnesota State colleges and universities 

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

Network for Educational Development

The Network for Educational Development (NED) is a framework that was developed to provide a repository of resources and connections to other ASA initiatives and priorities, share a calendar of educational development opportunities, and to provide a place for networking and conversations for our institutions.

View the calendar of educational development opportunities.

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

View the Innovation Gallery

​Types of Innovation Funding Grants

  • Seed Grants - For new projects 

    • Large Seed - Up to $25,000 - Compete at the Shark Tank Open

    • Small Seed - Up to $10,000 - Competitive proposal process

  • Sustaining Grants - For previously funded projects

    • Up to $10,000 - Competitive proposal process

  • Pay It Forward Funding ​- For extending projects

    • Up to $10,000 - Competitive proposal process​

Questions? Contact Stephen Kelly​

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

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge. (William and Flora Hewlett Foundation: 

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

  • Campus Safety Campus Eye provides students, parents, faculty and staff with the effective and user-friendly tools to report, track and resolve issues as they arise.
  • CRM Master Contracts Minnesota State established three (3) separate Constituent Relationship Management system (CRM) Master Contracts that are available for Minnesota State campuses to purchase and implement. This provides campuses with options to develop a relationship tracking solution focusing on student recruitment, retention, and communications that allows them to engage with and sustain relationships with students as they progress through the student life-cycle from prospective students through graduation.
  • Library Services - The consortium of libraries, MnPALS, facilitates reliable and cost-efficient access to library resources for the benefit of their user communities. Learn more about Libraries and Reference Resources.
  • Minnesota State Info Hub - The Minnesota State Info Hub provides support services seven days a week to current and prospective students seeking information via email, chat, and phone calls. Learn more about the Info Hub on the Ask Us page.
  • Proctoring Services  - View the list of Minnesota State online proctoring locations.
  • Tutoring Services - ( Every credit-based student has access to 15 hours of online tutoring support per year. Students can access this tutoring service via their campus D2L Brightspace site. 
  • State Authorization - Minnesota State is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). Under Federal Law, the state remains responsible for responding to complaints about institutions within the state that offer distance education to students residing outside of Minnesota. Therefore, if you are a distance education student and you have a complaint against a Minnesota State institution, then you may reach out to Educatioinal Innovations to file an official complaint against the school. Minnesota State institutions can find more information about how to comply with federal state authorization requirements on the State Authorization/SARA Connect PageLog in using your

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
Open Education and Innovation Program Coordinator

Megan Babel
Communications Coordinator

LaShawnda Ford
Administrative Coordinator

Faculty and staff can learn more about Educational Innovations by visiting the Educational Innovations Connect Page. Sign in using your