Faculty Learning Certificates

Professional learning certificates are interdisciplinary groups that meet several times per semester to learn about specific teaching and learning topics.

The certificate programs offered through CETL are for professional development only and do not confer a degree; however, they are intended to assist with continuing preparation and study for those who teach on our campus. Documentation of your faculty development can be requested at the end of the semester or academic year.

Contact CETL (cetl@mnsu.edu) to be enrolled

SPRING faculty Learning CertificateS


Zoom Certificate

Facilitated by Dr. Carrie Miller 
We are using Zoom to communicate with our colleagues, our students, and maybe even our friends and family.  In this certificate, we will cover the basics of using zoom, strategies to keep your meetings safe, some tips and tricks for personalizing and recording your meetings, tools to engage your students, and an overview of the Webinar meeting tool.
1/20/21 - 2/10/21 10-11am
1/21/21 - 2/11/21 2-3pm


Integrating Video Discussions Using FlipGrid Certificate

Facilitated by Dr. Carrie Miller & Keith Hauck

In this certificate, we will explore FlipGrid, a video discussion tool that is part of our Office 365 license. You will learn how to access FlipGrid, build your topics and discussion, integrate existing content, and to monitor activity on your boards. FlipGrid is a great way to add interactivity and media into your class and it is easy to use!
4/7/21 - 4/21/21 2-3pm (Wednesdays) 
4/8/21 - 4/22/21 10-11am (Thursdays)


Collaborative Learning Strategies

Facilitated by Laura Jacobi

Learn to engage students in groups to solve problems, develop an understanding of concepts, or create products. Participants in this group will learn about a variety of collaborative learning strategies and technologies that can support instruction in these kinds of activities, then implement one or more of the strategies into their own courses. 
1:00PM, February 4, February 18, March 4, March 18, April 1.  Location:  Zoom


Assessments of Student Learning Certificate

Facilitated by Shaheen Ahmed, Ph.D., CPE, University Assessment Coordinator

Target audience: Faculty and anyone who is interested in developing their skills in assessing course-level learning.
This certificate program focuses on assisting faculty members to better assess course-level student learning, use data for ongoing improvement, and think strategically at a “systems” level. Topics to be addressed include: 1) Backward Design and Learner Outcomes, 2) Foundational knowledge of assessment, 3) Formative assessment, 4) Alternative Summative Assessment, and 5) Large-Group/Team Assessment. Examples will be provided specific to your disciplines.

Training Delivery Method: Self-Paced Asynchronous Online

Starts on the last Wednesday of January and continues for five weeks.

Program-Level Assessment Certificate

Facilitated by Shaheen Ahmed, PhD, CPE, University Assessment Coordinator

Target audience: Faculties, heads, chairs, directors, and assessment coordinators in curricular, co-curricular, and service programs.
This certificate program focuses on identifying key elements associated with assessing student learning at the program level. Participants will learn how to plan, guide, develop, and integrate student-learning outcomes across the curriculum addressing the program mission, vision and goals by closing the data gap, and apply findings that enhance student learning. This training will make the assessment process efficient and effective by saving a lot of time while providing the best-quality assessment for the external and internal accreditation purposes. Examples will be provided specific to your disciplines, including the externally accredited programs.

Training Delivery Method:  Self-Paced Asynchronous Online

Starts on the first Wednesday after Spring Break and continues for five weeks.

Creating Interactive Online Lectures Certificate Certificate

Facilitated by Michael Manderfeld
In this four-session professional development certificate program, participants will have the opportunity to learn about exciting new improvements to our enterprise lecture capture service, MediaSpace.  New improvements include dynamic closed captioning features, a variety of video quiz options, and a direct integration with our Learning Management System, D2L Brightspace.  At the end of this certificate, participants will be able to create video lectures and video quizzes to track student learning, as well as implement those learning activities into D2L Brightspace's Gradebook. 
Monday, February 1st, 10:00am or Tuesday, February 2nd, 2:00pm
Monday, February 8th, 10:00am or Tuesday, February 9th, 2:00pm
Monday, February 15th, 10:00am or Tuesday, February 16th, 2:00pm
Monday, February 22nd, 10:00am or Tuesday, February 23rd, 2:00pm

Differentiating 400/500 Level Courses

If you teach a 400/500 course, you must clearly differentiate the two sections with separate learning outcomes, assignments, grading criteria, and even separate syllabi. CETL has a short asynchronous online course to help you learn how to make these distinctions easily. The course consists of three modules and takes 30-45 minutes to complete.

Teams Certificate

Facilitated by Michael Manderfeld & Carrie Miller

Microsoft Teams is a digital hub that brings conversations, meetings, files, and apps together in a single experience in Office 365 Education. More and more instructors are looking for collaborative tools that provide simplicity and flexibility and Microsoft Teams is one tool that can do both.  In this 3-session certificate, we will provide you with an overview of Microsoft Teams for teaching and learning and we will explore ways to use Microsoft Teams to enhance collaboration in your classrooms and perhaps your departments.  We will also include guided practice on setting up and organizing a Microsoft Teams environment.

3/15/21 - 3/29/21 10-11am (Mondays) 
3/16/21 - 3/30/21 2-3pm (Tuesdays)
Location:  Zoom

Teaching and Learning Certificate

Facilitated by Shaheen Ahmed, Elizabeth Harsma, Keith Hauck, Michael Manderfeld & Carrie Miller

This course is intended to provide you with information and training on essential course design elements. We will review backwards design elements to map student learning outcomes to class activities and assignments. Additionally, we will review strategies to assess student learning, select appropriate course materials, and also using D2L Brightspace to organize and manage course materials and activities. 

Dates/times:Second Tuesday at 2:00pm or Second Wednesday at 9:00am (must attend one session each month to complete the certificate) 
Tuesday, January 12th, 2:00pm or Wednesday, January 13, 9:00am 
Tuesday, February 9th, 2:00pm or Wednesday, February 10th, 9:00am
Tuesday, March 9th, 2:00pm or Wednesday, March 10th, 9:00am
Tuesday, April 13th, 2:00pm or Wednesday, April 14th, 9:00am


Open Access, Open Pedagogy, and Open Education Certificate

Facilitated by Heidi Southworth, Bobby Bothmann, Carrie Miller

In this certificate, we will cover the basics of the Open movement: Open Access, Open Pedagogy, and Open Education, covering scholarship, teaching approaches, and course materials, all of which are vital to our academic community.  Open philosophy is an important and powerful way to address inequities in academics and to provide meaningful experiences to our students.  We will discuss the benefits of engaging with these aspects of Openness and provide ideas and resources for creating your own Open philosophy or engaging with the Open community.  

2/16/21-3/2/21 2-3pm
2/17/21-3/3/21 10-11am

OER Learning Circle for Spring 2021

Prepared by Josh Berkenpas, Ph.D., Department of Government

Join us this spring for an Open Educational Resources (OER) Learning Circle. In this professional development opportunity, faculty will learn about the topics of textbook affordability and using OER to help reduce or eliminate textbook costs for students. Participants will have the option to develop their own OER materials, adopt an OER textbook for their course, or develop a an OER research project. In addition to virtual weekly meetings, OER Learning Circles will utilize a D2L Brightspace course to support faculty and will take place over a ten-week period starting on January 29th, 2021. Learning circle staff are available to assist you in your project. The learning circle will meet on Fridays on Zoom between 1:00 and 2:00 PM. The equivalent of $1000 in duty days is available to participating faculty. The OER Learning Circle is sponsored by CETL, IT Solutions, and Library Services.

TILT - Transparency in Teaching and Learning

Facilitated by Dr. Elizabeth Harsma
Small change, big difference! Transparency in Teaching and Learning (TILT) methods focuses on three transparency concepts:
 • Purpose
 • Task
 • Criteria
Research on TILT methods have demonstrated that applying small TILT changes to just two assignments in a single class can boost learning success predictors and retention for all students, with even greater benefits for underserved students.


Session 1:  February 15, 2021
Introduction to TILT
Define the three concepts of the TILT framework.
Definition in your own words of the TILT components
Session 2:  February 22, 2021
Examples of Transparent Design
Session 3:  March 1, 2021
Applying TILT & Action Plan
Session 4:  April 12, 2021

Engaging Learners with Discussions

Facilitated by Dr. Elizabeth Harsma & Keith Hauck

Using D2L, through Discussions and Groups, we will show faculty different ways of Engaging Learners with Discussions. We will review tools such as rubrics, Mediaspace and how to incorporate them into discussions. We will explain the differences between Forums and Topics, and the differences between Open and Group Topics. We will introduce new faculty or review for previous faculty the 10 Strategies series "Engaging Learners with Online Discussions". We also will be looking to add an experiential component of having faculty see what it is like to be in the student role and experience how discussions may work. Throughout the whole series we will go over instructional strategies to engage learners in an asynchronous course. 

Session 1
2/3/2021 2pm-3pm
Session 2
2/10/2021 2pm-3pm
Session 3
2/17/2021 2pm-3pm
Session 4
2/24/2021 2pm-3pm