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.

Fall 2021 Certificate Offerings

To register for a certificate email, cetl@mnsu.edu.

Collaboration Strategies Using Microsoft Teams

Facilitated by Michael Manderfeld and 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.

Mondays (11/1-11/15) at 2 pm or Tuesdays (11/2-11/16) at 10 am.

Creating Interactive Online Lectures

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.

Mondays (10/4-10/25) at 2 pm or Tuesdays (10/5-10/26) at 10 am

Trauma-Informed Pedagogy Certificate

Facilitated by Brooke Burk

Many of our students have experienced trauma in their lives, and current events are likely exacerbating that. Dr. Lindsay Murn has compiled a list of resources that can help you learn more about student trauma and ways to help students. We are developing a 4-part certificate program to learn more about implementing trauma-informed pedagogy in your courses.

Department Chairs/ Unit Leaders Leadership Certificate

This certificate program is intended to provide support for faculty who are new to the Department Chair role or are considering it in the future. We will explore leadership development, personnel management, and budgetary strategies for navigating this leadership role.

Teaching and Learning Part 1 Certificate

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.

Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT) Certificate

Asynchronous Course

The purpose of this certificate is to provide an introduction to transparent teaching methods, with a focus on applying three transparency concepts: Purpose, Task, and Criteria.

 Research on the benefits of transparent teaching methods have demonstrated that re-designing as little as two class assignments may:

  • Boost academic confidence,
  • Increase sense of belonging in college,
  • Improve academic achievement, and
  • Increase retention.

Engaging Students with Badges Certificate

Facilitated by Elizabeth Harsma and Carrie Miller

An introduction to gamified and game-based learning plus some simple how-to strategies to implement your badges using the D2L Brightspace Awards tool.

Wednesdays (10/6-10/27) at 10 am or Thursdays (10/7-10/28) at 2 pm.

An Introduction to College Student Development Theory

Facilitated by Ginny Walters

College student development theory explains how students grow and develop holistically in a postsecondary educational environment. In this certificate, we will explore various college student development theories and, discuss how they apply to working with students both in and out of the classroom, and determine how to integrate theories into teaching and learning. At the end of this certificate, participants will have a better understanding of college student development theory and how to incorporate theory into practice.

September 10th and 24th from 12-1

October 15th and 29th from 12-1

November 12th and 19th from 12-1

December 4th from 12-1


Certificate Workshops

These programs are similar to the certificate series above, but they only meet once for a more extended period of time. Certificates will be awarded after the conclusion of the workshop.

Well Tech Bootcamp

Facilitated by Jason Kaufman


This bootcamp will explore the challenges to mental health common among new professors and how to cope with them in a manner that leads toward health and wellness. Please join us for a collegial, welcoming, and fun (no, really) discussion about mental health for the new professor.

Date: Wednesday, October 6 from 12-1:30 pm

Digital world/digital classrooms: Building a culturally inclusive community for students

Facilitated by Maria-Renee Grigsby and Elizabeth Harsma

In this workshop, participants will engage in self-reflection and discussion of race, cultural frames of reference, inclusive teaching practices, and bias in a way that deepens understanding of their own frames of reference, potential bias in these frames, and the impact of bias on expectations for and relationships with students.

This is a 2-hour workshop offered via Zoom.

 Tuesday September 28, 2021, 3-5pm