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Certificate Tracks

Certificate Tracks are now available in connection with our professional development courses. Our carefully curated tracks offer a diverse range of specialized skills, designed to equip faculty with the expertise needed to create engaging, effective, and impactful learning experiences.

Enhance your skills in Gamification, Practical Course Building, Online Course Facilitation, Active Learning Online, and Online Teaching Best Practices. Each track is thoughtfully crafted to cater to your unique professional development needs, ensuring that you stay ahead of the curve in the dynamic landscape of online teaching.

Start today and learn from experienced Instructional Design team members at the Center for Distance Education – MS State Online.

Certificate Tracks:


  • Crash Course to Gamification
  • Planning for Game-Based Learning
  • Gamifying Your Course OR Implementing Gamified Learning

Practical Course Building

  • Canvas Page Design
  • Introduction to Canvas Studio
  • Creating Standout Videos OR Essential Module Organization

Online Course Facilitation

  • Managing Your Grades in Your Online Course
  • Engaging Students in Your Online Course
  • Avoiding Learner Fatigue OR Finishing Your Course Strong

Active Learning Online

  • Active Learning in Your Online Course OR L.E.A.R.N.: A Strategy for Active Learning Online
  • Engaging Students in Your Online Course
  • Assessments: Alternatives to Tests OR Alternative Assessments and Deep Learning

Online Teaching Best Practices

  • Great Expectations: Crafting Effective Learning Outcomes
  • Creating Effective Rubrics – Design Elements OR How to Write Discussable Discussion Questions
  • Rising to Equity – Using UDL Guidelines in Your Online Course OR Course Accessibility

How it Works

Each certificates track requires the completion of 3 professional development courses of those listed in each category. If a particular course is not available in the current semester, it will be offered in subsequent semesters.

The order listed is the recommended order of completion; however, training courses can be completed in any order to satisfy the completion requirements for certificates.

Professional development courses completed during or after August 2021 will be honored for certificates track completion. To receive your certificate, email idhelp@online.msstate.edu with a list of your completed courses for the desired certificate.