The University of Minnesota has been one of the pioneers in the development and utilization of audiovisual materials, equipment, and techniques for the teaching/learning process. In 1871, the first course catalogue reported the use of departmental museums for teaching resources. By the 1879-80 school year there were three museums, a General Museum, a Museum of Technology and a Museum of Agriculture. As early as 1889 photographic equipment was being used to produce teaching materials. In 1911, photography was a line item in the College of Agriculture budget. In the summer of 1918, the first labeled course in visual education in America was taught at the University of Minnesota by the Department of Agricultural Education. About the time of World War I, motion pictures were being produced for use by the University. During the 1930's, a university-wide instructional resource unit was established, and the American Council on Education and the Rockerfeller Foundation selected the University to conduct experiments in audiovisual techniques and to produce films specifically for use at the University level. Motion pictures developed from this project became benchmarks for the utilization of specifically produced films for the university classroom.
audiovisual materials, university films