What is MNLC?

The Minnesota Learning Commons (MNLC) is a joint powers agreement between the University of Minnesota (UMN), Minnesota State, and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), with a mission to “support educators teaching in online, blended, and digital learning environments.”  


The roots of the MNLC can be traced to legislation passed in 1997 that brought together Minnesota’s public K-12 and higher education community to collaborate in creating efficient and high quality access to online and hybrid education opportunities. The MNLC partnership identifies strategies where Minnesota’s public education sector can collaboratively work on issues that could be better accomplished together. The end goal is providing greater benefit and better use of limited resources to lower costs and reach broader audiences