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 workshops prior to Spring 2020 can be accessed on the Past Professional Development Workshops page. Recordings of and handouts from workshops after Spring 2020 are available in the Malone Center’s Instructional Resources Canvas course. If you do not have access to this Canvas course, please email the Malone Center and request access.
Faculty Teaching Exchange
An excellent idea put forward by the Fall 2023 Book Study group, this new program offers Faculty a communication hub to connect with colleagues open to guest observers in their class sessions. Participation and reporting of any results is voluntary; this is a different moment than formal observations as defined by departments and programs. This is an opportunity to share ideas for effective instructional techniques, provide resources for Faculty to find solutions to common challenges in delivery and session design, and provide a way to experience firsthand the courses our students take at UM and how we can reinforce the connections between those courses to best realize the benefits of a Liberal Arts curriculum.
Interested Faculty of all classifications can fill out the form linked below to receive more information, there is no deadline to sign up as enrollment will be ongoing.
Faculty Activity Report Tools Training
Faculty interested in exploring the Folio archival system in Canvas are invited to message the Director to arrange consultation sessions to learn how to use Canvas Folio for annual activity reporting, promotion journey-mapping, and personal professional artifacts archiving. In these sessions available to both individuals and departmental or program cohorts, Faculty will learn how to set up their Folio profile and portfolio pages, create sections to suit disciplinary and/or program standards, and create networks of related activities across evaluation areas taking advantage of Folio’s options for connecting entries and artifacts. Self-directed instructional materials are available to Faculty through the Instructional Resources Canvas site. Please email Emily Gill at firstname.lastname@example.org to express interest and schedule a session in the location and modality of your choice.
Toolbox Talks are the primary professional development series for the Malone Center. These monthly lunch workshops present a how-to guide and hands-on demonstration of an innovative instructional tool or pedagogical theme. Lunch will be provided for in-person participants who register by 10 am the Monday prior to the workshop. Toolbox Talks are the second Wednesday of the month during the regular academic year, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
If you know you want to watch a recording of an event, you may register and select that modality, and we will send you a link to the recording as soon as it is available.
February 21, 2024: Canva Websites for Students (and others!)
The Canva website creation tool offers quick web-hosted options for information posting needs- from conference programs, to online access text supplements, to image portfolios, and more. In this Work-Play-Learn style session, attendees will have an opportunity to learn some basic skills before getting a chance to play with the options Canva offers for creating websites. Attendees will be asked to come with an assignment or application in mind to use as their test case, although as the demonstration progresses, everyone is free to change their plan depending on what they learn.
Session is February 21, 2024 from 12 noon to 1PM, H2 Studio in Hill House, our new classroom training space. Options for Faculty to participate: live attendance with provided lunch for those registering before 10AM on Monday, February 19 synchronous remote access via Zoom (you will need to have a Canva login set up and adequate computing access); and registration until 5PM Tuesday February 20 for anyone wanting live attendance and no lunch. All Toolbox Talks are posted to the Instructional Resources Canvas course for UM Faculty once captioning and video editing is completed.
March 13, 2024: LinkedIn Learning for Life-long Learning
Faculty and Staff are invited to join us for a session walking through the offerings and resources provided by the University-provided subscription to LinkedIn Learning. Those with UM accounts have access to the complete library of technology, software, professional skills, and other valuable certifications.
Session is March 13, 2024 from 12 noon to 1PM, H2 Studio in Hill House, our new classroom training space. Those wishing to “play along” with the demonstration are welcome to bring their own laptop. Options to participate: live attendance with provided lunch for those registering before 10AM on Monday March 11, synchronous remote access via Zoom; and registration until 5PM Tuesday February 20 for anyone wanting live attendance and no lunch. All Toolbox Talks are posted to the Instructional Resources Canvas course for UM Faculty once captioning and video editing is completed.
April 10, 2024: Generative AI Check-in
A sharing session for Faculty who have engaged with generative AI in their courses, assignments, research work, or other areas, as well as those looking for guidance on how and where to start to make adjustments to accommodate the presence of AI in our learning spaces. Come connect with colleagues and share resources, results, and questions to inspire and support each other. Also included, previews of upcoming professional development opportunities and other timely generative AI-related information as we start to plan for the 2024-2025 Academic Year.
Session is April 10, 2024 from 12 noon to 1PM, H2 Studio in Hill House, our new classroom training space. Options for Faculty to participate: live attendance with provided lunch for those registering before 10AM on Monday, April 8 synchronous remote access via Zoom; and registration until 5PM Tuesday April 9 for anyone wanting live attendance and no lunch. All Toolbox Talks are posted to the Instructional Resources Canvas course for UM Faculty once captioning and video editing is completed.
Faculty Book Club
Spring 2024: The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker
Facilitator: Ms. Emily Gill, MFA, Director Malone Center, EDCP Experience Designer, Assoc. Professor of Theatre
UM takes pride in providing a unique, person-to-person, meaningful learning mentorship through all modalities. In this book study/shared learning experience, participants will revisit the structure of designing gatherings (or different versions of gatherings) to facilitate active, inclusive, and brave spaces for students and colleagues to learn from each other.
To allow for the most people with diverse schedules to participate, there will be two cohorts of this book study:
- Cohort 1: Coffee Group. Meeting times are from 8-9:15AM, Tuesday, February 6, and Tuesday, March 12.
- Cohort 2: Afternoon Tea Group. Meeting times are from 4-5:30 PM, Thursday, February 20, and Thursday, March 21.
Find out more about this title here.
If you have book suggestions, please email them to Emily Gill at email@example.com.
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 a variety of distance modalities including fully online, hybrid, and hyflex courses.
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 previously developed materials).
If you are planning to teach a distance education course at the University of Montevallo and you have not already completed Foundations of Online Instruction or the previously offered Teaching Effectively Online, you can register for Foundations of Online Instruction through the following link.
Work-Play-Learn Pop-Up PD
Work-Play-Learn pop-up events offer Faculty (and others) an opportunity to bring their laptop and explore generative AI tools, applications, and plug-ins in a casual, individualized, drop-in-style event. These sessions are good companions to other more formal instructional resources for considering the place of generative AI in courses, assignments, and students’ pre-professional experiential learning.
No registration or RSVP is required, please come to Hill House on the specified day at any time in the given period!
February 12, 2024. 3:30- 5:00 PM: Bard and Friends
This session will look at recent updates to Google’s Bard product, including image generation and information validation tools, as well as guidelines to help attendees compare Bard’s capabilities to other similar products. Attendees are encouraged to come with a sample research prompt similar to a course assignment (or a portion of a course assignment).
Faculty Research and Teaching Symposium
During this event, we highlight the accomplishments of UM faculty in teaching and creative endeavors. The day will feature keynote addresses from the 2023 Outstanding Commitment to Teaching awardee and the 2022-2023 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. Please submit proposals below. For any questions about format or available presentation amenities, please see this Information Sheet or you can contact Emily Gill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2023 Faculty Research and Teaching Symposium
Wednesday, October 11, 2023
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
J. A. Brown Room, Carmichael Library
Save the date for the 2024 Faculty Research and Teaching Symposium: Wednesday, October 9, 2024
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.