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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

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*Please note that the certificate programs offered through The Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning are for professional development only, and do not confer a degree.

If the day(s) and time(s) do not work for your schedule, please email CETL with certificate name along with the days and times of availability.

If you are interested in one or more of the certificates, please contact The Center for Excellence  in Teaching & Learning (CETL) by calling (507) 389-5899 or emailing

Assessing Student Learning Certificate Program

FALL SEMESTER -Tuesdays from 8:45-10:00/10:15, 5 consecutive weeks, 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, and 10/7
Instructor: Dr. Paul Mackie, University Assessment Coordinator & Social Work Faculty Member
ML 94B and Edina Room 306, Suite A

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. A variety of books, articles, small-group activities, and discussions will be used to deliver this curriculum. Register with us at

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Backward Design and Learner Outcomes
  • Foundational knowledge of assessment
  • Formative assessment
  • Alternative Summative Assessment
  • Large Group Assessment

Target audience: Any faculty members interested in further developing their skills in assessing course-level learning.

Build-Your-Own Certificate Program

ON-GOING program. Participants will develop their own professional-learning plan. Choose seven sessions from a variety of opportunities: Tech Tactics, Scholars-At-Work, Brown Bag Discussions and sessions from Teaching the 21st Century Learner. Times and dates will vary to meet the needs of everyone. Please see CETL calendar for specific sessions.

Interested individuals will need to arrange a meeting with CETL Director Patricia Hoffman, 389-3233 or by email, to create a personalized participation plan. Registration for these single session trainings (Tech Tactics, Scholars-At-Work Brown Bag Discussions, Miscellaneous Brown Bag Discussions) is available with the STARS system. We can register you as well, so let us know how we can help.

Target audience: Any faculty and staff wanting to gain knowledge on specific enterprise technology software, book discussions, research, making a difference, challenging students, IRB issues or AVID teaching methods.

The Certificate of Excellence in Online Teaching & Learning (CEOTL)

3rd Thursday of the Month 3x Fall NEW COHORT, 10:00-11:00am, 9/18, 10/16, 11/20
3x OPEN LAB Spring Semester: 2/19, 3/19 and 4/16.
Instructor: Michael Manderfeld, Instructional Designer
ML 94B and Edina Room 306, Suite A

These workshops has a two-semester commitment and will go beyond the technology of online teaching to create an awareness of how to effectively engage students and improve learning in the online environment. Our first semester will feature introductory modules to Online Teaching & Learning, Backwards Design, and Basic Technology Tools that are available through our campus. While the second semester of the program will be tailored to individual participant’s needs and interests. Upon completion of the program, participants will have completed an online project and the initial Quality Matters training as well. To register for a CEOTL group, contact with certificate name.

Target audience: Online instructors.

NEW! The Certificate of Excellence in Teaching & Learning for Graduate Assistants (CEOTL-GA)

GA Orientation is scheduled for 9/3 from 1:00-2:00 p.m., in ML 94B.

In general, the group will meet the third Wednesday of the Month with exceptions noted with an *. 9/17, 10/15, 11,19, 1/14*, 2/18, and 3/18, from 1:00-2:00 p.m., in ML 94B - TelePresence & Conference Room.
Facilitator: Carrie Lewis, Instructional Designer

The Certificate of Excellence in Teaching and Learning for Graduate Assistants (CETL-GA) will support new (graduate assistant) instructors at Minnesota State University, Mankato. We will discuss immediate teaching needs, developing instruction, engaging learners, designing 21st Century Learning Environments, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Students will have the opportunity to discuss concerns and practice techniques and strategies before implementing them in the classroom. This course will be presented in flipped format, meaning lectures and readings are done outside of class, reserving class time for the active application of theories and techniques.

Target audience: Graduate Assistants who teach.

Faculty Teaching Certificate Program (FTCP)

  • Group 1: Mondays from 10:00-11:00am, Every Third Week, Starting on 9/15, 10/6, 10/27, 11/17, 1/12, 2/2, 2/23, 3/16 OR

  • Group 2: Tuesdays from11:00am-12:00pm, Every Third Week, Starting on 9/16, 10/7, 10/28, 11/18, 1/13, 2/3, 2/24, 3/17

Instructor: Dr. Patricia Hoffman, CETL Director and Educational Studies Faculty Member
ML 94B and Edina 306, Suite A

This series has been the flagship of The Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning. Faculty who register for the Faculty Teaching Certificate Program meet with 6-10 faculty from various disciplines. Sessions are held every third week beginning on 9/15 (Group 1) or 9/16 (Group 2). Each hour-long session addresses topics such as course design and redesign, active-learning strategies for the classroom, rubric creation, and teaching with technology. Each participant also has a peer faculty consultant and/or student consultant who observes one course and provides feedback to the faculty member (this is totally confidential). Each participant also completes a project to further aid student learning and engagement. This program starts in Fall Semester and continues into the Spring Semester. Register by contacting us at

Target audience: All faculty, especially new faculty.

Flipped Instruction Classroom Model Certificate Program

Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 5 consecutive weeks: 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, and 10/8
Instructors: Michael Manderfeld, Instructional Designer, Dr. Danae Quirk Dorr, Faculty
ML 94B and Edina Room 306, Suite A

This session will use the Flipped Instruction Model. Prior to attending a session, participants will view a lesson taught by a professor who uses the Flip Instruction Model. During face-to-face meeting time, participants will self assess their understanding, clarify misconceptions and share examples to deepen understanding of the process of flipped instruction.

Target audience: All faculty.

NEW: Interactive Theater for Teaching & Learning Pilot

If you are interested in participating in this certificate, please contact CETL with your available days and times (one-hour time slots).

Dr. Timothy Berry, Educational Leadership Faculty Member, will lead this group.

Be a part of the piloting of our most innovative certificate, “Interactive Theater for Student Learning”. Participants will help co-create aspects of the Certificate in a safe learning environment. We will focus on increasing awareness and reflection around tough issues such as racism, sexism and other forces that work to diminish rather than empower individuals. The certificate will use the principles of Interactive Theater to equip participants with vocabulary and tactics to negotiate meaning and respond to forms of oppression or injustice. Participants’ stories as well facilitators’ stories and experiences will help focus on scenarios that can be shared across campus.

Intercultural Seminar Series

Scheduled monthly on the following Friday dates:. 9/12, 10/10, 11/7, 1/23, 2/6, and 3/27 from 12:00-1:30 p.m., in ML 94B and Edina TelePresence Room.
Dr. Barbara Wilson, Specialist Program/Licensing Coordinator, will be facilitating these sessions.

Participants will read the All Campus Read book, "Coming of Age in Mississippi", by Anne Moody then share their personal racial (and other) identities. Participants will attend four follow up sessions to discuss the book using the “Courageous Conversations Protocol”. An additional session will use Interactive Theater to explore issues and tensions. The intent of the Seminar Series is to equip faculty and staff to engage students in critical dialog.

Target audience: All faculty and staff

NEW! The Pedagogy of Social Justice/Civil Engagement Seminar Series

Wednesdays, every other week, beginning on Sept. 10, 
3:30-5:00 p.m. for 5 sessions: 
9/10, 9/24, 10/8, 10/22, and 11/5
Facilitator: TBD
ML 94B and Edina Room 306, Suite A

This Seminar Series will explore issues of Social Justice and Civic Engagement using an Asset-Based Approach. How can University faculty, staff and students work with the greater Mankato community to work together to support civic engagement and equity? What are the assets within the University and the greater community that already exist? What are our common concerns and how can we tackle those concerns? Where are we currently working together? What opportunities exist for further collaborations on and off campus? How can we strengthen the focus on social justice in university classes? Community partners and faculty co-created this certificate and will be joining the conversations to share work that is currently being done and ways we can continue to promote social justice and civic engagement.

Target audience: All faculty and staff.

Professional Learning Communities for Department Chairs

FALL SEMESTER: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 1:00-3:00 p.m. tentative

There will be monthly sessions, generally scheduled for the fourth Friday of the month, with exceptions noted with *. 9/26, 10/24, 11/14*, 1/23, 2/27, and 3/27 from 12:00-1:30 p.m., ML 88A - Conference Room
Instructor: Dr. Patricia Hoffman, CETL Director & Educational Studies Faculty Member

Whether you are an experienced department chair or have taken this responsibility for the first time, you may wish to connect with and learn from other faculty who serve in this important capacity.

Target audience: Department Chairs

Program-Level Assessment Certificate Program

Thursdays from 3:00-4:15/4:30pm, 5 consecutive weeks: 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, and 10/9
Instructor: Dr. Paul Mackie, University Assessment Coordinator & Social Work Faculty Member
ML 94B and Edina Room 306, Suite A

This certificate program focuses on identifying key elements associated with assessing student learning at the program level. Participants will learn how to guide, develop, and integrate student-learning outcomes across the curriculum. Participants will also learn how to connect learning outcomes to multiple goals and missions, develop strategies to effectively “close the data loop,” and apply findings that enhance student learning. A variety of books, articles, small-group activities, and discussions will be used to deliver this training.

Target audience: Department chairs, program directors, and program assessment coordinators.

NEW for Spring! The Institute for the Scholarship Assessment, Learning & Teaching (iSALT)

If you are interested in participating in this certificate, please contact CETL with your available days and times (one-hour time slots).
Instructor: TBD

Target audience: All faculty and staff.

Teaching the 21st Century Learner Certificate Program

Every Third Monday beginning on Sept. 15 from 2:00-3:00 p.m., 9/15, 10/6, 10/27 and 11/17 in ML 94B and Edina Room 306, Suite A.
Instructor: Dr. Patricia Hoffman, CETL Director and Educational Studies Faculty Member

This series will meet four times face-to-face to explore some essential characteristics of teaching and learning in the 21st century. Participants will also select three one-hour sessions of their choice from Tech Tactics, Scholars-At-Work and/or Brown Bag Discussions. Strands include: Creating an Awareness of Today’s University Students, Collaboration and Communication in Local and Global Contexts, Social and Cross-Cultural Skills, Critical Thinking and Creativity, Problem-Solving and Innovation, and Life and Career Skills. Participants will receive the book, “Generation on a Tightrope” for background information.    

Target audience: All faculty.

Team-Based Learning (TBL) Certificate Program: An Alternative to Lecturing

Mondays from 12:00-1:00pm, 4 consecutive weeks: 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, and 9/29
Instructor: Dr. Mary Hadley, Chemistry & Geology Chairperson & Chemistry Faculty Member
ML 94B and Edina Room 306, Suite A

In this set of meetings you will learn to define and describe the four essential principles of Team-Based Learning (TBL), identify the benefits of TBL, and list the steps to implement TBL in a course.

Target audience: All faculty.

NEW! Writing-Intensive Certificate Program

Tuesdays from 2:00-3:00pm, 5 consecutive weeks
9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, and 10/7
Instructor: Dr. Kirsti Cole, English Faculty Member
ML 94B and Edina Room 306, Suite A

What is WAC? Why focus on writing across disciplines, throughout the curriculum? How does WAC work? The purpose of this Community of Practice is to work with faculty and graduate students interested in writing across the curriculum to think about macro-level curricular concerns such as cross-disciplinary writing, academic and professional writing, assessment, literacy practices, and technology in written communication.

Each participant will receive a copy of Susan McLeod et al’s WAC for the New Millennium. Though the book presents perspectives on established WAC programs, and practices, Minnesota State Mankato has incorporated writing across the curriculum as an integral part of student learning for quite some time. This community of practice will move from the programmatic to the practical by discussing common challenges and processes as we teach writing at the general education and upper-division, disciplinary levels. We will work together to understand the place of writing not only in individual courses, but also the connections and possible progressions between writing across the curriculum.

Target audience: All faculty.

To register for any of our programs or to ask questions, please contact CETL's Administrative Assistant, Mary Van Duynhoven at 507-389-5899 or by email or