Professional Development Institute

The Alabama Community College System offers opportunities for professional development for faculty and staff of our colleges and internal organizations.  Below are current programs available for faculty.  

Here's the Keys!

The objective for this section is for faculty and staff to comprehend processes and best practices for managing key components associated with teaching students in the Alabama Community College System. 

Topics include:

  • Planning the semester
  • Structuring a course
  • Safety
  • Classroom and lab preparation
  • Policy awareness
  • Classroom discipline
  • Attendance policies
  • Textbook evaluation
  • Emergency planning

Do Your Students Own Their Learning?

The objective for this section is for faculty and staff to comprehend critical elements related to teaching and facilitating learning success among students in the Alabama Community College System. 

Topics include:

  • How students learn
  • Essential workplace skill instruction
  • Creating adult learners
  • Methods of delivering instruction
  • Use of technology

Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Assessing Learning

The objective of this presentation is for faculty and staff to comprehend techniques for developing and validating various methods of student measurement.

Topics Include:

  • Why we assess students
  • Types of assessments
  • Grading procedures
  • Keeping records
  • Performance assessments and rubrics
  • Test item analysis and validation
  • The Good, Bad, and Ugly for using test banks

General Instructor Duties

The objective for this presentation is for faculty and staff to comprehend general information related to teaching activities in the Alabama Community College System.

Topics include:

  • Advisory committees
  • Business and industry involvement
  • Student recruitment
  • Professional development
  • Technical updates
  • Institutional relations
  • Mentoring/tutoring/coaching
  • Legal concerns

Maximizing "ROI" (Return on Instruction)

The objective for this presentation is two part;  For faculty and staff to:  (1) Value the importance of ensuring students have maximum opportunity to obtain relevant credentials; (2) Comprehend processes for enhancing potential for student success by leveraging traditional and non-traditional education and training opportunities.

Topics include:

  • Stackable certificates
  • Making program changes
  • New course development and approval
  • Non-traditional credit opportunities

New Teacher Institute Presentations

   Day 1:  Intro to Teaching, Instructor Qualities, Contact Hours and Perkins Information

   Day 2a:  Course Directories, Plans of Instruction and Writing Lesson Plans

   Day 2b:  Classroom Assessment, Writing Test Questions and Effective Rubric Design

   Day 3:  ACHE Process, New Course Requests, Credentials and Certificates

Videos

 

Contact Art Rousseau at: (334) 782-2509, or by email:  arthur.rousseau@dpe.edu to schedule presentations.