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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.


Pandemic PD

Pandemic PD is the Malone Center’s Fall 2020 professional development series. These sessions will be held every Wednesday at noon through Zoom. The sessions will begin with a brief presentation about the week’s topic, followed by an open discussion among participants. Weekly topics will be announced every Monday in ValloVoice. The first session will be Engaging Students on Zoom September 2nd. Register at the link below to have log in information sent to you.

Register Here


Virtual Office Hours

the Malone Center staff will hold Virtual Office Hours every Thursday 3:30-4:30 p.m. also through Zoom. Drop-in at your convenience for support with your classes. Whether you need help designing an activity, using Canvas, ensuring your course materials are accessible, or adopting a tech tool, we are here to answer your questions!

Email us to request log-in information for these meetings.


Foundations of Online Instruction 

The Foundations of Online Instruction training is designed to familiarize instructors with the fundamental principles of quality distance education in order to prepare them for distance instruction as needed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The training course consists of three instructional modules:

  • Module 1: Best Practices contains an overview of best practices in distance education, including pedagogical strategies and course accessibility.
  • Module 2: Policies provides an introduction to the policies put forth by SACSCOC, ACHE, and others to regulate online and distance courses.
  • Module 3: Building Your Distance Course introduces you to the instructional design process and allows you to practice applying what you learned in the first two modules to develop materials for a course of your choosing (or modify the materials you already developed this spring).

All Fall 2020 faculty should have access to the course materials through Canvas. If you would like to access the course assessments in order to complete the training program, email us.


New Faculty Orientation and Resources

The Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching hosts a two-day new faculty orientation each fall, which is required for all first year faculty. New faculty orientation introduces participants to the University’s policies and procedures that are pertinent to teaching faculty. This orientation is followed by regular meetings throughout the first academic year to better acquaint our newest faculty to the UM campus and culture.

2019 New Faculty Orientation Handbook