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.
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, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Upcoming workshops:
Improving Your Exams
Assessment is critical for both measuring learning and driving learning. However, assessment effectiveness hinges on the validity and reliability of the assessment instrument. During this workshop you will learn tips for creating more valid and robust exams as well as techniques for analyzing the effectiveness of your exams. You will also be introduced to the new Scantron Remark Classroom software that is available campus-wide for test item analysis of multiple choice exams.
Improving Your Exams Registration Form
Developing Digital Course Materials
Whether you want to supplement your students’ classroom learning, assess their learning, or allow them to dive deeper into your course content, this workshop will introduce you to a variety of tools that you can use to develop digital course materials for your classes.
Developing Digital Course Materials Registration Form
What UM Students Want Their Faculty to Know
A panel of UM students will provide insight into their lives by explaining the top ten things that they and their friends wish their professors knew about them. Time will be spent exploring the implications of this knowledge for how we approach teaching.
What UM Students Want Their Faculty to Know Registration Form
Individuals needing disability-related accommodations during one of these events should contact the Malone Center (email@example.com) or Disability Support Services (205.665.6250, DSS@montevallo.edu) 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
Faculty book club meets three times during the semester to discuss a text related to teaching and learning. Limited to 10 participants, book club provides an opportunity for deep discussion in a small group setting.
Educated: A Memoir
by Tara Westover
Join us as we explore Westover’s inspiring memoir of grit as she escapes an uneducated, survivalist upbringing in rural Idaho to eventually earning a PhD from Cambridge University. Together we will discuss the nuanced message in Westover’s book and its implications for us, our students, and our classrooms.
This semester’s book club will meet in the Malone Center’s Digital Cafe (Wills 114) at 2:00 p.m. on September 27, October 25, and November 22.
We host workshops or seminars on a variety of topics of interest to faculty. This semester’s special event offerings are:
Wednesday, August 21
Learn tips for creating more effective syllabi. Work with colleagues creating or adapting syllabi for fall courses. Lunch will be provided for participants who register by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 16.
Syllabus Workshop Registration
FDAC Funding Workshop
Wednesday, August 28
Learn about new FDAC funding opportunities and review procedures. Hear tips and advice for successfully preparing your applications. Refreshments will be served. No registration is required.
Tenure and Promotion Panel Discussion
Wednesday, September 4
Hill House Classroom
Hear tips for success from recently tenured and/or promoted faculty. Refreshments will be served. No registration is required.
Faculty Research and Teaching Symposium
During this event, we highlight accomplishments of UM faculty in teaching and creative endeavor. The day will feature keynote addressed from Teaching Award recipients and the 2019-2020 University Scholar as well as short oral presentations, artistic demonstrations, and posters. The event’s schedule will be organized around the University’s class schedule to allow faculty, staff, and students to come and go as needed. Mark your calendars to join us either as a presenter or a participant (or both)!
Call for Proposals
Abstract Submission Deadline
September 27, 5:00 p.m.
Faculty Research and Teaching Symposium
Wednesday, October 9
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
J. A. Brown Room, Carmichael Library
Please check back for detailed schedule of presentations.
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:
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, September 26, 3:30-5:00pm
- Monday, October 21, 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:
- October 4 – October 25
- October 30 – November 20
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:
- November 22 – December 2