Mission Statement

STELAR cultivates a connected, social learning experience by engaging faculty at the intersection of technology and pedagogy.


  • STELAR will partner with academic departments to lead the development of new online degree and certificate programs.
  • St. Thomas will encourage and support the increased use of academic technology across the University.
  • STELAR will provide increased research capabilities, visibility and support.

About Us

Located on the Lower Level of the O'Shaunessy-Frey Library, STELAR (St. Thomas E-Learning And Research) encourages the use of technology in teaching, and to provide meaningful support for academic research efforts.  One of our primary goals is to advance St. Thomas' strategic initiatives in the development of new online courses, degrees and certificates.

Through our partnerships with Faculty Development and the Library, we host a variety of short discussions, workshops, and training sessions that are meant to assist faculty to more fully utilize Blackboard and other technologies. The faculty learn about online and blended teaching techniques, how to better integrate library content and services, and how to start an ongoing dialogue about the ways in which academic technology can support and improve student success.