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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Communities of Scholars

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/cetl/programs/scholars.html

Please note that the certificate programs offered through CETL are for professional development only and do not confer a degree. Professional development credit hours will be submitted towards non-credit hours on the semester following completion of training.

Register online.

Programs are offered Fall and Spring Semesters. Some are offered only in Fall Semester.

Questions? Contact CETL at cetl@mnsu.edu or by calling Patricia Hoffman at 507-389-3233. If you require, TelePresence, please let us know. We will make the arrangements before sessions begin.

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Certificates offered Fall Semester 2016

Below is a list of new certificates for Fall Semester or certificates which continue through Spring Semester. Click on your certificate from the list below and it will bring you to the certificate description along with dates and times.

Assessment for Student Learning Certificate Program
Build-Your-Own Certificate Program
The Certificate of Excellence for Online Teaching & Learning (CEOTL)
The Certificate of Excellence for Teaching & Learning for Graduate Assistants (CETL-GA)
Faculty Teaching Certificate Program (FTCP)
Flipped Instruction Classroom Model Certificate Program
"Interactive Theater of -isms" for Teaching & Learning Certificate
Professional Learning Communities for Department Chairs
Program-Level Assessment Certificate Program
Teaching Large Classes Certificate Program
Team-Based Learning (TBL) Certificate Program: An Alternative to Lecturing

 

 Assessment for Student Learning Certificate Program

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

Mondays: 1:00-2:15 p.m., 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17 and 10/24

Location: ML 94B TelePresence & Conference Room. Additional TelePresence rooms by request.

Facilitator: Dr. Paul Mackie, University Assessment Coordinator and Professor of Social Work.

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. Topics include:

Backward design and learner outcomes

Foundational knowledge of assessment

Formative assessment

Alternative summative assessment

Large group assessment

Register online or email us at cetl@mnsu.edu

Build-Your-Own Certificate Program

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.

ON-GOING program. Participants will develop their own professional-learning plan. Choose seven sessions from a variety of opportunities: Scholars-At-Work Sessions and Brown Bag Discussions times and dates were decided to meet the needs of everyone.

Interested individuals will need to arrange a meeting with CETL Director Patricia Hoffman, patricia.hoffman@mnsu.edu to create a personalized participation plan. Registration for these single session trainings (Scholars-At-Work Brown Bag Discussions, Miscellaneous Brown Bag Discussions) is in the works. For now, we can register you, so let us know how we can help.

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

Target audience: Online instructors.

Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00pm, 9/14, 10/12, and 11/9

Locations: TelePresence Rooms - Mankato ML 94B and Edina FR 349

These workshops have 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 cetl@mnsu.edu with certificate name, and your available days and times. Michael Manderfeld, Instructional Designer with Academic Technology Services, will be facilitating these sessions.

The Certificate of Excellence in Teaching & Learning for Graduate Assistants (CETL-GA)

Target audience: Graduate Assistants who teach.

Facilitator: Dr. Carrie Miller, Instructional Designer with Academic Technology Services, 507-389-1531

The Certificate of Excellence in Teaching and Learning for Graduate Assistants (CETL-GA) will support you as new 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.  We will have virtual meetings through the use of a video conferencing tool, such as Adobe Connect, once a month.  This program will be split into two sections, Basics and Advanced.  The Basics sessions will be held during the fall semester and the Advanced sessions will be held in the Spring semester.  Participants may complete the Basics without electing to continue on through the Advanced sessions.
 

 Faculty Teaching Certificate Program (FTCP)

Target audience: All faculty, especially new faculty. This is a two-semester commitment. The groups formed in the Fall and will continue into the Spring Semester.

Group 1 - Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. - noon, 9/13, 10/4, 10/25, 11/15, 1/24, 2/21, and 3/21

Group 1 Location: TelePresence Rooms: Mankato ML 94B and Normandale P2842

Group 2: Wednesdays from 2:00-3:00 p.m., 9/14, 10/5, 10/26, 11/16, 1/25/17, 2/22, and 3/22

Group 2 Location: ML 88A Conference Room

Facilitator for both FTCP Groups: Patricia Hoffman, CETL Director and Professor of Educational Studies: K-12 and Secondary Programs

This series has been the flagship of CETL. Faculty who register for the Faculty Teaching Certificate Program meet with 6-10 faculty from various disciplines. Sessions are held every three weeks. 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 is a two-semester commitment. The groups formed in the Fall and will continue into the Spring Semester.

Flipped Instruction Classroom Model Certificate Program

Target audience: All faculty.

Wednesdays from 2:00-3:00 p.m., 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26*, and 11/9. *Please note that we will skip the date of 11/2.

Location: TelePresence Rooms - Mankato ML 94B TelePresence and Conference Room and Edina. Additional TelePresence rooms by request.

Facilitators: Michael Manderfeld (Instruction Designer) and Dr. Danae Quirk Dorr (Professor of Chemistry).

This certificate will use the Flipped Instruction Model. Prior to attending a session, participants will view a lesson taught by a professor who uses the Flipped 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.

"Interactive Theater of -isms" for Teaching & Learning Certificate

Target audience: All faculty, staff and students.

Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m., 9/21, 10/26, 11/16, 1/25/17, 3/22, and 4/19. This is a two semester committment. The groups formed in the Fall will continue into Spring Semester.

Location: ML 94B TelePresence and Conference Room. Additional TelePresence rooms by request.

Facilitator: Dr. Timothy Berry, Educational Leadership Faculty Member, will facilitate this group.

“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.

Professional Learning Communities for Department Chairs

Target audience: Department Chairpersons

Thursdays from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 8/18, 9/8, 9/22, 10/13, 10/27, and 11/17 for a total of 6 sessions

Location: ML 88A Conference Room. Additional TelePresence rooms by request.

Facilitator by Patricia Hoffman, CETL Director & Professor of Educational Studies: K-12 and Secondary Programs

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. Please contact Patricia Hoffman to register.

Program-Level Assessment Certificate Program

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

Mondays: 10:00-11:15 a.m., 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, and 10/24

Location: ML 94B TelePresence and Conference Room. Additional TelePresence rooms by request.

Facilitator: Dr. Paul Mackie, University Assessment Coordinator & Social Work Faculty Member

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.

Teaching Large Classes Certificate Program

Target Audience: Any faculty/instructor teaching to groups of 50 students or more.

Mondays: 3:30-4:45 p.m., 9/12, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, and 11/7

Location: Meeting in ML 94B TelePresence and Conference Room.

Facilitators: Sarah Epplen, Assistant Professor of Sociology & Corrections, Laura Jacobi, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, and Paul Prew, Associate Professor of Sociology & Corrections.

Ever wonder what strategies other MSU instructors use to engage students in their large lecture classes? To make most effective and efficient use of TAs? to manage large groups of students? Come join us in a dialogue to build skills and knowledge for successfully teaching large classes. Topics include course management, working with TAs, active and collaborative learning, and the successes and failures of both participants and facilitators.

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

Target audience: All faculty.

Wednesdays: 11:00-11:55 p.m., 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, and 9/28

Location: ML 94B TelePresence Room

Facilitators: Dr. Mary Hadley, Chemistry & Geology Chairperson & Chemistry Faculty Member and Dr. Danae Quirk Dorr, Chemistry Faculty Member

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.

 

 

Certificate(s) offered only in Spring Semester

The Institute for the Scholarship of Assessment, Learning & Teaching (iSALT) Program

Target audience: All faculty and staff interested in designing and evaluating any teaching innovations.

Dates: We meet monthly. If you are interested, please contact us.

Location: ML 94B TelePresence and Conference Room

The iSALT Fellows Program will provide systematic support for the participants to design and/or evaluate innovative solutions related to instructional technology, as well as teaching and learning in general. The participants will receive one of the following certificates based on their outcomes:

Professionals Certificate: 1 semester commitment. Outcomes will be completing 3 group meetings and 2 individual meetings.

Fellows Certificate: 1 or more semester commitment. Outcomes will be completing 3 group meetings AND submissions of scholarly works or innovative works for publication or presentation (campus-wide and/or beyond). The fellows track will be project-based. The participants will be asked to identify an instructional challenge and design a solution to address that challenge or conduct an evaluation for an innovative project they are already implementing.

iTeach Writing: Using Technology in the Writing Classroom

Target audience: All faculty.

Dates/Location: Potentially this certificate may be offered during Spring semester.

Facilitator: Dr. Kirsti Cole, MSU Mankato English Faculty Member

Faculty participating will be introduced to a different technology, teaching tool, or program each week to support the teaching of writing in writing intensive classrooms. Technologies covered will include: social media, Infographic Design, Lynda, Evernote, RefWorks, and brainstorming and word mapping tools. Support material for the certificate will include a series of 5 minute workshop videos, access to faculty teaching writing across campus, as well as a series of texts (web and print) that focus on the role of multimodality in the writing process. Each meeting will include assignment guides and time to work on assignment development and implementation.

The Pedagogy of Social Justice/Civil Engagement Seminar Series

Target audience: All faculty and staff.

Dates/Location: Potentially this certificate may be offered during Spring semester. Dates and times TBD.

Theme to be determined.

Register online for any of our programs. Contact CETL with questions at 507-389-5899 or by email cetl@mnsu.edu.