Network for Educational Development

Minnesota State Educational Innovations

The Network for Educational Development is conceptual framework that was established to communicate development opportunities, provide a repository of development resources, share opportunities for networking and conversations, and provide connections to other ASA initiatives and priorities.  

NED Events Calendar

These development opportunities are hosted on an events calendar, which serves a single, public location to communicate a list of development opportunities that are coordinated or sponsored by the Educational Innovations unit of Academic and Student Affairs of Minnesota State system office.

Network Opportunity Types

Building Awareness

These opportunities provide faculty members with an orientation to an instructional topic or instructional technology.

Webinars:  A number of webinars are provided each month to serve as an introduction to tools and practices that enhance teaching and learning.  These webinars are free and open to anyone interested.  Most webinar topics are aligned with course design and delivery, but Minnesota State will also invite presenters to deliver webinars focused on emerging topics.

Developing Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Opportunities to apply concepts in community with other faculty members around Minnesota State.

Short Courses:  These instructor facilitated online courses are delivered online and typically last one to three weeks.  Short courses focus on a specific topic and corresponding evidenced-based practices to guide interested participants through activities that prepare participants with the knowledge, skills, and abilities that will be applied directly to their own teaching.

Reflecting and Revising

Opportunities that provide faculty members and opportunity to reflect on their teaching within a community of colleagues.  Time and space is provided to make revisions on online course offerings and receive feedback from peers.

Learning Communities: Cross-disciplinary faculty and staff group of six to twenty members who engage in an active, collaborative, extended-length (6-12 weeks) program with a curriculum about enhancing teaching and learning and with frequent seminars and activities that provide learning, development, the scholarship of teaching, and community building. Learning Communities focus on a course or project in which to try out innovations, assess student learning, and prepare a course or project mini-portfolio.


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

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

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