Professional Learning

The Academy is a place to learn and grow professionally – with a focus on flourishing, creating, and developing both insight and practical skills. Courses are taught by experts from STLI, the William & Mary community, and beyond! Discover short courses that are substantive, practical, purposeful, but more importantly – generative. Engage in guided activities to create products that can be incorporated into your current work. Earn micro-credentials that you can share with your professional networks and portfolios.

Benefits of our courses


Complete course materials and modules asynchronously when it is convenient for you. 


Apply your new skills and knowledge in your current role while staying up-to-date with industry trends.


Complete interesting and immersive activities that contain rich content, digital media, and storytelling.

What is microlearning?

Microlearning is an effective method of professional learning that delivers information in short, manageable chunks.  Learners can process information in short intervals and focus on one skill or task at a time.  Most often, these small learning units are offered using an online platform.  This allows learners to access the content when it’s convenient and to apply their new knowledge immediately in the roles that they serve.

What are micro-credentials?

Micro-credentialing is the process of completing short competency-based courses that allow learners to show mastery of specific skills.  These professional learning opportunities often lead to industry-recognized certificates or badges.

How do I sign-up for a micro-course?

If you have an account and have participated in a Professional Learning course before, you can log in to your existing account by navigating to the The Academy website, selecting “Start Learning” from the menu in the top right corner. Once logged in, you may enroll in the micro-course(s).

If you do not have an account, you sign-up for an account by navigating to the The Academy website, selecting “Start Learning” from the menu in the top right corner and select “Create Account” (bottom left of the pop-up box). Once your account has been created, you may enroll in the micro-course(s).

Have additional questions?

Connect with Diana Theisinger, Digital & Professional Learning Program Manager

Diana works with faculty and STLI partners to design online and hybrid courses offered at William & Mary. She also designs online professional learning micro-courses and consults with faculty about course design and other teaching and learning topics.