Faculty Development and Training

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/its/academic/training.html

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.

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 (ML94B) 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, Jan. 21st from 2:00pm - 3:00pm - "Quality Matters Overview" by Michael Manderfeld 
  • Thursday, Jan. 29th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm - "Which 'Technology Tool' should I use and why?" by Marni Dunning
  • Wednesday, Feb. 4th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm - "Lecture Capture and Audio Feedback" by Carrie Lewis
  • Thursday, Feb. 12th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm - "Store, Share & Collaborate with OneDrive" by Marni Dunning 
  • Wednesday, Feb. 18th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm - "Create Interactive Learning using SoftChalk Cloud" by Michael Manderfeld
  • Thursday, Feb. 26th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm - "Smartboards...what are these things?" by Marni Dunning
  • Wednesday, March 4th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm - "Engaging Ways to use PowerPoint Plug-ins" by Aaryn Martin
  • Thursday, March 19th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm - "HD Recording Studio" by Michael Manderfeld (note: this session is not available via telepresence)
  • Wednesday, March 25th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm - "Get your class actively engaged by using Chimein" by Marni Dunning
  • Thursday, April 2nd from 2:00pm - 3:00pm - "Learn the Benefits of Working Social with Yammer" by Marni Dunning
  • Wednesday, April 8th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm - "Create Dynamic Surveys using Qualtrics" by Marni Dunning
  • Thursday, April 16th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm - "Lynda.com - what is this and how can it benefit me and my students?" by Marni Dunning
  • Wednesday, April 22nd from 2:00pm - 3:00pm - "10 ways to engage learners using D2L" by Marni Dunning
  • Thursday, April 30th from 2:00pm - 3:00pm - "Present differently with Prezi" by Marni Dunning

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.

Self-Paced Technology Training:

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

  • Lynda.com  - 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!

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.

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.