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ATS is committed to assisting the Minnesota State University, Mankato faculty in finding ways to use technology to make your teaching and research activities more effective and efficient to promote student success. Whether you need self-paced learning that you can take from your computer or mobile device anytime, anywhere, or if you prefer more face-to-face, classroom-based instruction, our faculty training and development services can help you enhance your teaching and research profile. We outline some of these services below.

Faculty Development Certificates:

ATS partners with several other units including the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the Center for Excellence in Scholarship and Research. Below are some of our collaborative certificate programs for faculty:

  • The Certificate for Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning focuses on instructors who are currently or will soon be teaching fully online courses and are interested in instructional design and teaching methods with a demonstrated record for student success.
  • The Flipped Instruction Classroom Model Certificate helps faculty members interested in implementing the flipped instructional model in their courses.
  • The Certificate in Accessible Instructional Technology is designed to help faculty members interested in applying principles of Universal Design for Learning and ensuring a fully-accessible course for learners with all types of physical and cognitive abilities.
  • The Certificate for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for Graduate Assistants is designed for graduate students who are new to teaching or who want to brush up on the basics of good instructional design and teaching strategy.
  • The Institute for the Scholarship of Assessment, Learning and Teaching (iSALT) Fellows Program is a community of practice to assist instructors interested in evaluating and publishing about their teaching innovations.

To enroll in any of these certificates, please contact Mary Van Duynhoven at 507-389-5899.

Upcoming Specialized Training:

We have a variety of specialized classes that you can attend to learn more about these tools and how they work on our campus.

  • OneDrive - Learn how to use OneDrive, our cloud storage solution that all faculty, staff and students get access to. Learn how to create folders, create documents and use MS Office online, upload files, share files, collaborate with others, plus more. We will have both OneDrive for Windows and OneDrive for iOS (Mac) training available. Please navigate to the OneDrive website for more information: its/academic/onedrive.html
  • Smartboard - Learn how to download, install and utilize the Smartboard and Smart Notebook to enhance the engagement and learning experience at MNSU. Please navigate to the Smartboard website for more information: its/academic/smartboard.html
  • D2L - Learn more about quizzes, dropbox, discussions, grades, and just general course setup n this new series of courses called "Dash of D2L". Please navigate to the D2L website for more information: its/academic/d2l.html

Self-Paced Technology Training:

This is a chance for you to learn at your own pace at your location of choice!

  •  - Self-paced online software training website that all faculty, staff and students have free access to. 
  • Microsoft IT Academy - Designed to lead toward certification in the MS Suite, the IT Academy is free for all students, staff, and faculty.
  • Academic Technology Services YouTube Channel - Watch tutorials on any of our enterprise technology tools.
  • MavTUBE - Minnesota State Mankato’s own youtube!

Tech Tactics:

These fun one hour sessions will talk about all sorts of topics from current technology to new innovations to teaching methods. They are held weekly in the Center for Excellence and Innovation and in Edina via TelePresence from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Check the training calendar for a complete list of Tech Tactics sessions.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 22nd from 2:00pm - 3:00pm - "Smartboards - what are these things?" ML94B
  • Thursday, Oct. 20th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm - "Get your class actively engaged by using ChimeIn" ML94B
  • Wednesday, Nov. 5th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm - "Which 'Technology Tool' should I use and why?" ML94B
  • Thursday, Nov. 13th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm - "Applying the QM Template" ML94B
  • Wednesday, Nov. 19th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm - "Structuring online discussions in D2L" ML94B
  • Thursday, Dec. 4th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm - "Learner Analytics: Concepts, Tools, and Products" ML94B

Drop-In Sessions:

Come to any of our our drop-in sessions and ask questions, learn from the experts or just come and work with an expert around to assist. We have drop-ins for Academic Technology Services where you can get assistance with D2L, Instructional Design and/or Technology Tools. All Drop-in sessions are held in the Center for Excellence and Innovation. Check the training calendar for a complete list of drop-in sessions.

Enriching Learning Environments (ELE) To Go:

We offer colleges/departments customized training called ‘ELE to go’. We come to your location of choice, talk about the instructional design and technology tools or your choice, and do it according to your college/department strategic technology plan. Contact Marni Dunning to schedule a consultation and begin to develop your college's customized training plan.

Portable Training Lab (6 iOS (Mac) and 6 Windows laptops):

The Center for Excellence and Innovation has a 12-computer portable training lab that can be used for local trainings as needed. Contact Marni Dunning for more information.