Online Professional Development


Professional Development and Instructional Technology

“Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I will understand.”
~Chinese Proverb

We are here to help you achieve your personal, educational, and professional goals.

Instructional Technology staff is committed to serving Delta State University’s professional development needs. We offer a diversity of activities such as monthly workshops, online tutorials, and distance education webinars that engage faculty to reflect on implementing best practices that are sustainable over time.  To meet the growing demands of our faculty and students alike, Instructional Technology staff has expanded its services to provide several courses leading to certification as well as a resource library.

Follow the links below to explore our resources or to participate in one of the certification courses we have.

OIT Online Self-Paced Certification Courses

Through the self-paced online training courses faculty can earn certification in the area of instructional technology of their choice. Faculty may begin and complete courses at their own pace.  All courses are grounded in contextual learning, execution, and course integration. Faculty must complete various assignments and pass a proficiency exam to earn course certification.

Open Now:

OIT Media-Enhancements Course

Integrating Social Media in Online Learning

Framing Learning with Facebook” opens October 15

Resource Library

Online Magazines & Journals

CITE - The CITE Journal is an online, peer-reviewed journal, established and jointly sponsored by five professional associations (AMTE, ASTE, NCSS-CUFA, CEE, and SITE). This is the only joint venture of this kind in the field of teacher education.


eLearn Magazine – Published by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), eLearn presents new technologies and approaches for creating, delivering, and supporting online instruction and workplace performance. With an emphasis on empirical studies, theoretical models, and practical contributions, coverage includes, but is not limited to, instructional design, online instruction, and corporate training.


MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching – JOLT is a peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication that aims to promote scholarship in the use of the Internet and web-based multimedia resources in higher education. The journal is published quarterly by MERLOT, an initiative of the California State University Office of the Chancellor to provide a free and open online community of resources designed to enable collegians around the world to share their learning materials and pedagogy.


International Journal of Instructional Technology & Distance Learning – The global journal is monthly and refereed. Research and innovation in teaching and learning are prime topics for the Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning. The journal emerged to facilitate communication and collaboration among researchers, innovators, designers, producers, practitioners, and administrators of education and training.


Full Papers, Executive Summaries, & Reports

Getting Smart – Getting Smart® is a community of educators and advocates with a passion for innovation in learning as a means to improve student achievement. The site covers various important events and education trends to help higher education leaders understand how secondary landscapes will shape our digital furures.



Online Courses & Tutorials


edX – EdX is a non-profit consortium created by founding partners Harvard and MIT to globalize education for the masses. The site offers free online courses developed by faculty from across the globe including such institutions as Georgetown, Berkeley, Rice, and IIT Bombay. The interactive MOOCs offer classes in a wide range of subjects and an opportunity to draw from peer educators. – Canvas Network offers open, online courses taught by educators everywhere. Powered by the Canvas learning management system, Canvas Network provides a place and platform where teachers, students, and institutions worldwide can connect and chart their own course for personal growth, professional development, and academic inquiry.


Coursera – Coursera is an education company that partners with the top universities and organizations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. Coursera courses are designed by educators along principles grounded in best pedagogical practices so that students master topics as well as demonstrate their knowledge gained.


Udacity – Udacity was born out of a Stanford University experiment in which Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig offered their artificial intelligence course online to anyone, for free. Udacity features a range of courses in technology, math and the sciences. So if you want to learn basic programming languages or how to apply crytography to everyday life, this is teh place.


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