E-Learning Services

The University of Minnesota School of Public Health was one of the first in the country — in 1997 —  to adopt online learning with a course in Environmental Health. Later that same year, the school invested $250,000 to put MPH core courses online.  Online learning remains a key part of the educational experience for SPH students. As of Fall 2017, 70 classes were taught fully online.

The Office of E-Learning Services provides the following to fully support faculty and TAs: online course development;  hybrid course development, technology or pedagogy innovation, and special projects; and online course teaching or support.

Student Worker Opportunities

  • Our student workers have the opportunity to gain or hone skills in audio editing and multimedia creation for e-learning. We encourage students with strong interest in relevant fields to apply when positions open. Learn more.

E-Learning and Academic Technology Team

Sara Hurley, PhD, MFA


Primary contact for

  • Planning stages of a hybrid/online program
  • Course design and development requests
  • With ideas or goals for e-learning/technology-enhanced learning at SPH
  • Questions about ELS services or e-learning/technology-enhanced learning in general

Ellyn Buchanan, PhD

Learning Technologist

Primary contact for

  • Technology training guide development
  • Technology integration consultation
  • SPH Student Advisory Board for Online Learning

Jim Harpole

Distance Education Coordinator
harpo002@umn.edu (direct)
decsph@umn.edu (for course issues/support)

Primary contact for

  • General issues and questions
  • Consultation on Moodle issues
  • Incorporating Library e-reserves into your courses

Kaia Sievert, MLIS

Multimedia Project Coordinator
ksievert@umn.edu (direct)
sph-production@umn.edu (for studio requests or multimedia production questions)

Primary contact for

  • Undergraduate students with work study who would like to work with us on multimedia design and development.
  • Questions about recording availability
  • Questions about systems or processes about multimedia development and deployment

Solen Feyissa, PhD, MA

Instructional Designer

Primary contact for

  • When he is your instructional designer for a specific course

Bernadette Gloeb, MLS

Instructional Designer

Primary contact for

  • When she is your instructional designer for a specific course

Sheila Hoover, PhD

Instructional Designer

Primary contact for

  • When she is your instructional designer for a specific course

Kris Woll, MA

Instructional Designer

Primary contact for

  • When she is your instructional designer for a specific course
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