How does a campus lay the foundation for transformational innovation?

By The Numbers:

  • Enrollment of 10,200
  • 4,500+ undergraduate students
  • 5,500+ graduate students
  • 5,900+ studying online


As part of its strategic plan, Maryville University is committed to both the creation of an active learning ecosystem and transformational innovation both on campus and online. To meet the challenge, the campus technology teams wanted a partner who shared their passion for learning and problem solving. Recognizing faculty collaboration would be a key to success, Maryville selected eLumin to take faculty ideas and transform them into flexible and virtual learning environments.          

Project Challenges

Transformational innovation requires a commitment to change on a major scale. Maryville faculty and staff were consulted and were able to define learning objectives, requirements, and a vision of what they wanted. How to translate those needs into a solution was much harder to define as some of the upfront challenges included:

  • The need to meet both campus and online program needs
  • The many programs and their diverse significant technical requirements that have traditionally been addressed in a physical lab setting:
  • The ability to deliver graphic and processor intensive applications
  • How to teach Cybersecurity is a safe and effective manor
  • Conducting Digital Forensics exercises
  • Access to large scale data sets securely
  • Serve a diverse and non-traditional student population

How eLumin Impacted Campus Innovation

eLumin Leveraged an Innovative Operating Model and Ability to Scale


eLumin first embarked on a mission to determine what solutions would be best for Maryville to meet each program’s unique requirements. eLumin was able to focus resources to quickly convert physical labs to virtual labs, expand classroom learning to take advantage the diversity of devices used by students and to help transition 50% of the campus desktops to virtual desktops.

  • Faculty and students were better able to transition to remote learning when the campus was forced to close due to COVID-19
  • New virtual computer labs that replaced physical labs are less costly to support
  • Classroom learning was enhanced by access to specialized learning tools
  • Adult learners can fully participate in coursework
  • Content mastery and skill development is accelerated by making tools accessible via any device