Upcoming Faculty & Staff Professional Development Opportunities

Teaching Techniques Workshops - Register today!
Sponsored by the Center for Teaching. 
Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion for each session they attend.

  • Tuesday, February 25, 3:30-5pm: Patty Raymond, “Engaging Students through Active Learning”
    (room 808D)
    Do you use BOPPPS? Learn about this and other useful techniques from the head of MxCC’s Center for Teaching.
  • Tuesday, March 25, 3:30-5pm: Dale Griffith and Terry McNulty, “Using Humor in the Classroom”
    (room 808D)
    A bit of lighthearted lunacy often invites the most reluctant students to stay awake and participate. Using props such as the “Monkey Head of Doom” and their own sense of playfulness, Terry and Dale will present a brief interactive lesson on effective writing and the importance of laughter in the context of academic rigor. Participants may well leave the workshop convinced that Terry and Dale are indeed funny (looking).
  • Tuesday, April 8, 2-3pm: Barbara Giffin, “Encouraging Positive Behaviors”
    (Meriden, room 501)
    Our workshop will be a discussion and sharing of ideas of the challenges we face in classroom management with tips for using positive techniques to quickly dissipate negative behaviors.
  • Tuesday, April 22, 3:30-5pm: Joy Hansen, “Info Lit: Where Does It Fit?”
    (room 710 – Library Classroom)
    Dylan wrote, “the times, they are a-changin’ ” … and he never stepped foot in one of our classes! Transfer and articulation policies, revised info lit standards, new definitions, course requirements, and teaching methods … how does all this affect how we instruct students in developing their information-seeking behaviors? And how can we continue to capture students’ attention in an age of distraction? Come hear about the future as well as the resources available today to support your teaching. All attendees are invited to share an existing information literacy assignment, in-class activity, or assessment technique and/or request group input on a new idea in development.

Other Opportunities

Also check out the Upcoming Training Events from ConnSCU Commons.


MxCC’s Center for Teaching

Valuable Resources

  • Center for Teaching (CFT) site
  • Information on system-wide CFT programs
  • Information on local CFT committees and programs
  • Higher Education professional organizations links
  • Discipline-specific professional organizations sites
  • Teaching resources sites
  • Teaching resources at MxCC Library

20-Minute Mentor Commons

  • 20-Minute Mentor offers on-line, on demand workshops on a range of topics including specific teaching and learning strategies, assessment and learning goals, classroom management, legal concerns, service learning, working with students with disabilities, student engagement, and teaching online.  You can search the database of programs for areas of particular interest, view these videos any time you like, from a computer, tablet, or even smartphone.  Each workshop includes a full transcript, Powerpoint slides, and other supplemental materials.   As the title suggests, each program is 20 minutes or less in length.
  • Activating your 20 Minute Mentor Commons subscription
    1. Go to www.mentorcommons.com
    2. If you have a current account on the Magna Publications website, login using your email address and password.  If you do not have a current account with Magna Publications, fill in all the fields under New Subscribers and click Create Account (NOTE: a verification email will be sent to the email address used to register. Click the link in the email to validate your account. This must be done within 48 hours or your account will not be created). Once your account has been validated, you will be directed to your account page.  Login using your email address and password
    3. In the box, enter your group’s Authorization Code: {contact Patty Raymond for code} and click Activate. Please note: entering the Authorization Code is done only once.
  • Access your 20 Minute Mentor Commons subscription
    1. Go to www.mentorcommons.com
    2. Click “Log in” at the top and enter your email address & password
    3. This will bring you right to the 20 Minute Mentor Commons page


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