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Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching

Professional Development Programs

Professional Development Programs

The Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching sponsors a number of professional development programs designed to support faculty in the use of evidence-based instructional approaches, to promote the integration of innovative instructional technologies, and to foster students’ academic success. Information about these programs can be found below.

Did you miss a workshop that you were interested in? Resources from past workshops can be accessed on the Past Professional Development Workshops page.

Toolbox Talks

These monthly lunch workshops present a how-to guide and hands-on demonstration of an innovative instructional tool. Lunch is provided with proper registration. All Toolbox Talks are held in Wills 200, 12:00-1:00pm. Upcoming workshops:

Self Care
April 5
Guest speaker Jason Newell (CAS) will guide you in developing strategies to monitor and care for your own mental health.
Self Care Workshop Registration

Individuals needing disability-related accommodations during one of these events should contact the Malone Center ( or Disability Support Services (205.665.6250, as early as possible. Efforts will be made to accommodate all access requests regardless of timing, but the University cannot guarantee that requests made with less than one week’s notice can be met.

Faculty Book Club

There will not be a Spring 2019 Faculty Book Club. Please check back soon for information regarding the Fall 2019 Faculty Book Club!

Special Events

We host workshops or seminars on a variety of topics of interest to faculty. This semester’s special event offerings are:

OER Roundtable
March 11, 3:30-4:30 pm in the JA Brown Room of Carmichael Library

Teaching Effectively Online Training

This training series equips faculty to better utilize Canvas. Completion of the three training phases certifies instructors to teach online or hybrid courses at the University. The training phases are sequential and must be completed in order. However, all phases do not have to be completed within a single semester or academic year. The phases and dates of training are:

Canvas Basics
In the first phase of training, you learn basic Canvas skills such as setting up a course homepage and creating an assignment. There is an in-person training followed by a week-long online session that allows you to practice the skills you have learned. In-person sessions will be held:

  • Thursday, January 31, 2:00-3:30pm
  • Monday, March 4, 12:00-1:30pm

Pedagogy and Policy
In the second phase of training, you learn about best practices for designing online course content and more difficult Canvas skills like designing and applying a grading rubric. This phase is completed entirely online during the following dates:

  • February 8 – February 28
  • March 12 – April 2

Building Your Course
In the final phase of training, you build a module of your online or hybrid course. This phase is completed entirely online. It can be completed during the following dates:

  • April 3 – 11

Spring 2019 Teaching Effectively Online Registration