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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. These programs include:


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. This semester’s workshops are:

Metacognition: Helping Students Think about Thinking
September 19
Metacognition Workshop Registration

Effective Group Work
October 17
Effective Group Work Workshop Registration

Teaching When You or Your Students Can’t Come to Class
November 14
Teaching When You Can’t Come to Class Workshop Registration


Faculty Book Club

Limited to 10 participants each semester, the faculty book club provides an opportunity for faculty from across campus to discuss a book related to teaching and learning or other professional issues. This semester’s book is Better Conversations by Jim Knight. Discussions will be held 2:00-3:30pm on September 28, October 19, and November 16. Register using the button below by September 7.

 Fall 2018 Book Club Registration 


First Fridays

This monthly event has no agenda but is merely a time for faculty to meet and casually reflect on teaching and other professional issues. First Fridays are held in Wills 114, 2:00-3:00pm. This semester’s meetings will be September 7, October 5, and November 9.


Special Events

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

Tenure and Promotion Panel Discussion
September 12, 3:30-4:30 pm in Wills 200

Library Resources for Faculty
September 24, 3:30-4:30 pm in the EBSCO Room of Carmichael Library

Getting to Know the Library’s Digital Media Lab
October 1, 3:30-4:30 pm in the Digital Media Lab 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:

  • Friday, September 21, 2:00-3:30pm
  • Tuesday October 16, 12:30-2:00pm

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:

  • September 28 – October 18
  • October 24 – November 14

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 16 – 26

Fall 2018 Teaching Effectively Online Registration