Employee Professional Development
Engaging. Enriching. Empowering.
ELITE is committed to providing programs, classes and services that support employees and work teams, and impacts student success! The categories listed below represent the types of training & resources we offer. To access course schedules, visit the MC Learns site.
Programs, Classes, Services
During the Fall 2020 semester, ELITE offers four different workshop series for faculty. Once registered for a series, participants are expected to attend all three sessions of that series on the designated afternoons listed throughout the semester. Contact Dr. Carolien Annink for information.
Once registered for a series, participants are expected to attend all three sessions of that series on the designated afternoons listed throughout the semester.
Contact Dr. Carolien Annink for information.
Fall 2020 Academy brochure (PDF, )
- Career Development Learning Pathway (not offered currently)
- The Valuable Employee Learning Pathway (PDF, )
ELITE provides consulting services to units, departments, and groups so they may become more effective and productive. ELITE staff partner with each of our clients to customize our approach to help clients respond to current challenges and set specific goals for future direction. View Consulting Services document (PDF, ) for more information.
Employees gain new skills for teamwork, customer service and community relations. Because the College values diversity, inclusion and nondiscrimination, employees benefit from continuous learning and growth in mutual understanding.
- Change Management: The People Side Learning Pathway (PDF, )
- Developing the Skillful Supervisor (PDF, )
- Effective Committees Learning Pathway (PDF, )
- Global Leader Cohort (PDF, )
- Leadership Development Institute (PDF, )
- Management Learning Pathway (PDF, )
- MC Management Cohort (PDF, )
- Presidential Innovation Leadership Institute
Imagine taking a series of identified classes that provides you with an in-depth exploration of a specific topic. When completed, a certificate of learning is awarded, as documentation of your commitment to pursue the study and practice of a specialized area of professional development. Completing the designated classes over multiple years provides you time to reflect upon the concepts and integrate the skills into your work and personal lives. View the Learning Pathway Overview document (PDF, )
- Career Development (not offered currently)
- Change Management: The People Side (PDF, )
- Communication and Conflict (PDF, )
- Communicating Professionally in the Workplace (PDF, )
- Customer Service (PDF, )
- Effective Committees (PDF, )
- Equity and Inclusion (PDF, )
- Management (PDF, )
- Media and Information Literacies (PDF, )
- The Valuable Employee (PDF, )
Pedagogical Trainings and Workshops
The Online Teaching training prepares Montgomery College faculty to build and teach online or blended courses. It is open to all full and part-time MC faculty. If you can login to MyMC, you can contact Tom Cantu to begin.
The training has two parts:
Online Teaching Part 1 is an independent study program with hands-on exercises that includes five self-paced tutorials: Blackboard Essentials, Blackboard Text Editor - Creating Webpages, Blackboard Assessments, Communication Tools, and Grade Center. Many are also offered in-person on each campus. Check MC Learns for on-campus and online offerings.
The test for Part 1 involves creating a supplemental course site that demonstrates fluency with Blackboard. Contact Tom Cantu to obtain the test criteria. The tutorials and the test for Part 1 must be satisfactorily completed to participate in Part 2.
Online Teaching Part 2 is a fully-online course that begins around the third week of each semester and runs for 7 weeks. The course will guide you through planning, building, and preparing to teach your own online or blended course. Participants will design a full course and build a course prototype consisting of a syllabus, orientation, and one learning module that is ready-to-teach. The prototype is refined until it serves as a model and a set of page templates for building the rest of the course.
To become eligible to teach online for Montgomery College, your course prototype must meet the competency demonstration criteria, which include the 23 essential standards from the current Quality Matters Rubric.
There are two prerequisites:
- Use of Blackboard to supplement your on-campus courses for one or more semesters, or equivalent experience.
- Approval from your department chair to develop and teach a specific course. (Part 2 will guide you through planning and building your course. Approval from your chair increases the chance of being scheduled to teach it.)
Instructors with prior experience building and teaching online courses using Blackboard may be eligible to test out of the training.
To begin Part 1, complete the Blackboard tutorials listed above. To take the test for Part 1, or if you have questions, contact Tom Cantu at 240-567-6006 or Tom.Cantu@montgomerycollege.edu.
NOTE: Professors should not be scheduled to teach an online or blended course until they have completed the Online Teaching training.
Collaborate is a virtual classroom/meeting room. This system enhances online instruction by offering live audio and video, breakout rooms, file sharing, a whiteboard for PowerPoint presentations, collaboration, and more.
You can sign up for the workshop if you are a faculty member who plans to use Blackboard Collaborate to conduct live, online instruction as a component of an online or blended course or to supplement on-campus courses. Staff members who plan to use Blackboard Collaborate to conduct live, online meetings can also sign up.
Upon completion of this class, you will be able to:
- Use the primary Blackboard Collaborate tools,
- Use strategies to keep students engaged, and
- Discuss ideas for using Blackboard Collaborate in your teaching.
Computer fluency is presumed. If you use several items of technology & complete tasks online with ease, you likely have the skills needed to become comfortable with a course management system like Blackboard.
You should regularly:
- Use word processing software (i.e., Microsoft® Word) to create, save & edit documents,
- Create and manage folders and sub-folders in Windows Explorer,
- Download & save files,
- Use right-click menus,
- Use email & the Internet for communication
This workshop can also be useful to faculty who are considering whether to add online teaching to their repertoire. Blackboard is an advanced application designed primarily for online course delivery.
It is robust and flexible enough to use to supplement on-campus courses. Blackboard Essentials is offered in two formats: Face-to-Face and Online. Faculty can sign up for one of the available formats.
During Blackboard Essentials you will learn how to:
- Use word processing software (i.e., Microsoft® Word) to create, save & edit documents,
- Navigate the Blackboard Interface,
- Create announcements and contacts,
- Post a syllabus, and work with Learning Modules to post course files,
- Participate in discussions, and organize your course discussion board,
- Enter Grades Manually for your students,
- How to customize your Blackboard Course site.
Common courses are pre-built, ready-to-teach, fully online courses. The department chair or common course coordinator should contact Tom Cantu, 240-567-6006 or firstname.lastname@example.org, with the names of instructors who need to complete common course training.
Common course training involves three steps:
1) Complete Blackboard Essentials. Sections are offered online or on-campus. Check MC Learns in MyMC for dates and times.
2) After completing Blackboard Essentials, contact the Common Course Coordinator
- Nader Chaaban (COMM 108)
- Kateema Lee (ENGL 101)
- Anna Deadrick (ENGL 102)
- Tonya Seed (HLTH 100)
- Marge Turnbow (HLTH 113)
and Tom Cantu to arrange the following next steps:
- Complete additional modules to learn features of Blackboard needed to teach the common course.
- Complete the common course competency demonstration to become eligible to teach the common course.
3) Meet with the common course coordinator to review the online course and the expectations of an online instructor. Notes:
- Steps 1 and 2 above can be completed online.
- The deadline for completing the competency demonstration is usually several weeks before the start of the semester.
- This allows time to review the competency demonstrations and ask the instructor complete any needed revisions.
- If an instructor is unable to complete the competency demonstration tasks, the instructor is not eligible to teach the common course.
This workshop will provide participants with an overview and a look at certain aspects of open educational resources (OER’s). The program xPlor from Blackboard will be featured. The following goal and objectives will be pursued:
To inform and demonstrate to MC faculty the concept and aspect of free educational resources they can use in their courses.
At the end of this session participants should be able to:• Define open educational resources (OER’s);
- Characterize the types of open educational resources
- Describe the purposes of open educational resources
- Locate open educational resources
- Implement Blackboard xPlor to navigate finding, using, and developing open education resources
- Describe the role of Creative Commons and other copyright issues in open education resources
Integrating OER to Your Teaching Using Blackboard xPlor
Blackboard xPlor is an advanced learning object repository that contains shareable, reusable Open Educational Resources (OERs) within the Blackboard learning management system. Blackboard xPlor provides a place for instructors to search OERs that can be easily copied to Blackboard courses. It also allows instructors to create and store materials in xPlor, and then extend their content by sharing and making it discoverable to instructors across working groups, courses, and institutions.
In this session, we are going to learn the basic skills of how to use xPlor to search and pull OER resources into your Blackboard courses, create, protect, and share your content.
- Locate Blackboard xPlor tool
- Search OERs and use the OER content in your Blackboard courses
- Create and upload content
- Use Creative Commons to protect your content
- Share your content
These four new learning pathways are designed specifically for faculty, instructional staff, or others interested in pursuing instructional roles. View the complete Instructional Learning Pathway Flyer (PDF, ) .
Each fiscal year there are specific classes that are required for all or selected employees. Log into MC Learns and click on “Required Training” for the current schedule. Departments may also have specific required classes and your supervisor will inform you of them. Those classes may be available in MC Learns or through an outside provider.