Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Difference Between the "Complete" and "Flex" Editions of Strategic Learning Courses?

The Strategic Learning initiative offers two versions of each course to meet the needs of different learners. While both versions contain the exact same content, the "Complete" editions require students to complete each lesson sequentially, whereas the "Flex" editions allow students to complete the lessons in any order they please.

However, only the "Complete" edition of each course offers students a certificate upon completion of the course.

How Do I Access Strategic Learning Courses?

Strategic Learning courses are a public good, and will always be free for users. To enroll, navigate to the course home page. Click "SIGNUP" in the banner in the upper right-hand corner to create an account. You will be asked to verify your account by confirming your email address. Please be sure to check your junk and spam folders for the verification email.

Once you have verified your email address, you will have full access to your account. Click on the "COURSE CATALOG" button on the right-hand of the homepage. Then, save a course to your homepage by clicking the "GET THIS COURSE" button next to your chosen course. (Note: only students enrolled in the "Complete" edition of either course are eligible for certificates of completion). 

How Do I Log Into My Account?

Once you have registered for a free account, click "LOGIN" in the upper right-hand banner of the Strategic Learning website and enter your email/username and password.

How Can I Load Course Lessons?

In order to load and access lessons in Strategic Learning courses, please make sure your browser is configured to accept third-party cookies. The Strategic Learning initiative uses an industry standard e-learning file type called SCORM to build and distribute course content. If you receive the "MissingKeyMissing Key-Pair-Id query parameter or cookie value" error when trying to load SCORM content, follow this guide to enabling your browser to accept third-party cookies.

Can Students Earn a Certificate for Completing Strategic Learning Courses?

Yes! To receive a certificate, be sure to enroll in the "Complete" editions of Strategic South Asia or Deterrence in Southern Asia. The "Flex" editions do not offer certificates. 

Each certificate displays the following information by default:

  • Your name
  • The Stimson Center and Strategic Learning logos
  • Stimson Center South Asia Program Director Elizabeth Threlkeld's signature
  • The date of course completion

Each certificate is downloadable as a PDF file. You can also share your certificate on LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, and Twitter.

To earn a digital certificate, students must complete the lessons indicated under "Completion Rules" on the Complete Edition homepages. This requires reading the texts, watching the videos, completing interactive features, answering all knowledge checks, and (for Strategic South Asia) passing the final exam.

If you have completed the course and not received your Strategic Learning certificate within 2 weeks (10 business days), please email

Can Students Stay Connected to Strategic Learning After Taking A Course?

Yes! Students can stay connected to the Strategic Learning community and continue learning about evolving strategic dynamics in Southern Asia and beyond by subscribing to the Strategic Learning YouTube channel, following the Strategic Learning Facebook page, and following Strategic Learning on Twitter.

How can instructors promote Strategic Learning?

This PDF gives more detailed information about Strategic Learning and promoting the initiative on social media. There are three main ways you can promote the initiative:

  • Post about Strategic Learning on social media using graphics and sample language available in this Social Media Kit. Remember to tag @stratlearning (on Twitter) and include a hyperlink to
  • Visit the Strategic Learning Resources page for instructional materials and suggestions for integrating Strategic Learning into the classroom.
  • Share Strategic Learning's exclusive interviews with your networks on social media. The interviews are available via Strategic Learning's YouTube channel.