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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 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

SPRING SEMESTER - 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. Dr. Paul Mackie and Dr. Don Ebel will convene the sessions.

Topics to be addressed include:

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

Meeting dates: Thursdays from 12:30-2:00 p.m., 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/6, 3/20 in room ML 94B and Edina Room 306, Suite A. Please be sure to register with us at

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.

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.

Certificate of Excellence in Online Teaching & Learning (CEOTL)

SPRING AND FALL SEMESTERS. These workshops 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, participantswill have completed an online project and the initial Quality Matters training as well. Groups starting in the Spring will meet the Third Wednesday OR Thursday of the Month. To register for one of the CEOTL groups, contact with certificate name along with preferred meeting time. Michael Manderfeld, Instructional Designer, will convene these certificates.

  • Group 1: Wednesdays 10:00-11:00 a.m., 2/19, 3/19, 4/16 AND 3 Sessions of Learner's Choice from Tech Tactics.
  • Group 2: Thursdays 11:00a.m.-12:00 p.m., 2/20, 3/20, 4/17 AND 3 Sessions of Learner's Choice from Tech Tactics.

Additional Drop-In Times Available
Wednesdays 1:00-2:00 p.m.: 2/19, 3/19, and 4/16
Thursdays 10:00-11:00 a.m.: 2/20, 3/20, and 4/17

Target audience: Online instructors.

Faculty Teaching Certificate Program (FTCP)

CONTINUED from Fall Semester. 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 once a month. 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. FTCP will meet in ML 94B - TelePresence Conference Room and Edina Room 306, Suite A.

  • Group 1: Tuesdays 10:00-11:00a.m. - 9/10, 10/8, 11/12, 1/14, 2/11, 3/4, 4/8
  • Group 2: Wednesdays 1:00-2:00p.m. - 9/11, 10/9, 11/13, 1/15, 2/12, 3/5, 4/9

Target audience: All faculty, especially new faculty.

Flipped Instruction Classroom Model Certificate Program

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. Michael Manderfeld, Instructional Designer, will convene these sessions.

UPDATED DATES: This certificate will meet for five times on Wednesdays, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. - 1/22, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26.

Target audience: All faculty.

Intercultural Seminar Series

CONTINUED from Fall Semester. The Intercultural Seminar Series is a year-long professional growth opportunity for faculty and staff offered through CETL. Learning objectives include growth in the following areas: a) intercultural awareness; b) intercultural knowledge/understanding; c) repertoire of intercultural skills and instructional strategies; d) knowledge of relevant learning and instructional resources. The learning process will start with the completion of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and subsequent engagement in an intercultural coaching session with a faculty member who is a Qualified Administrator of the IDI. This session will include a review of the participant’s IDI results and initial review of the Individual Development Plan (IDP). A subsequent follow-up session with the faculty coaching partner will involve setting IDP individualized target goals and actions for growth in the learning objectives listed above. In addition, participants will design their IDP’s to align with one or more Article 22 criteria. Based on self-identified goals and plans, each participant will select one of two strands to pursue in this year-long learning process:

  • Strand 1: Learning through engagement in an Intercultural Seminar Learning Community
  • Strand 2: Learning through an Extended Individual Learning Plan
  • UPDATED! Group 1: Mondays, 3:00-4:00p.m. - 2/10, 3/17, 4/14 OR
  • UPDATED! Group 2: Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00p.m. - 2/12, 3/19, 4/16 OR
  • UPDATED! Group 3: Fridays, 11:00a.m.-12:00p.m. - 2/14, 3/21, 4/18

To meet in ML 94B - TelePresence Conference Room and Edina Room 307, Suite A.

Target audience: All faculty and staff.

Professional Learning Communities for Department Chairs

CONTINUED from Fall Semester. 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.

UPDATED DATES AND TIMES: Chairs will meet from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on the following dates in ML 88A - Conference Room - 2/10 and 4/14.

Target audience: Department Chairs.

Program-Level Assessment Certificate Program

SPRING SEMESTER. 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. Dr. Paul Mackie will convene the discussions. This certificate will meet in ML 94B - TelePresence Conference Room and Edina Room 307, Suite A.

  • Group 1 which met on Tuesdays will be joining Group 2 on Thursdays.
  • UPDATED SCHEDULE - Group 2: Thursdays 3:00-4:30 p.m., 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/20

Target audience: Online instructors.

Teaching the 21st Century Learner Certificate Program

CONTINUED from Fall Semester. This series will meet eight times to explore some essential characteristics of teaching and learning in the 21st century. 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. The final two sessions will be determined by participants' interests and needs but may include Information Media and Communication Technology, Citizenship and Service Learning, or Leadership and Responsibility. This group will meet the Second Tuesday of the Month, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. A second section has been added on the Third Monday of the Month, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Group will meet in ML 94B - TelePresence Conference Room and Edina Room 307, Suite A.

  • Group 1: Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 p.m., 1/14
  • Group 2: Mondays 10:00-11:00 a.m., 1/13

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

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

SPRING SEMESTER. Facilitated by Mary Hadley. 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. Will meet for four consecutive Wednesdays beginning on January 15 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Group will meet in ML 94B - TelePresence Conference room and Edina Room 306, Suite A.

Meeting dates: Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5

Target audience: All faculty.

NEW! Currently in the Planning Stages

Civic Engagement/Social Justice Certificate Program

We are seeking your input. Please contact Patricia Hoffman (3233) if you have ideas or interest. Dates and times TBD.

Target audience: All faculty and staff.

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