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Professional Development Schedule

MACC intends to provide a quality, meaningful Professional Development program for all MACC employees. If you would like to see us offer any particular topic that would be relevant and valuable for you, please forward your suggestions to the Director of Human Resources. Professional development is very important for all employees to keep current in technology, legal issues, and other topics that help us do our jobs well and boost our morale. Every full-time employee is required to attend a minimum of 3 sessions each academic year. Please contact Human Resources at extension 11294 to register or as instructed below.


Be sure to RSVP to 24 hours prior to the meeting to receive a link.


Have you and your family or friends tried to “escape” from a BreakOut or Escape Room? They are all the rage these days! These rooms create an interactive experience where participants team up to find clues and solve logic puzzles while the clock is counting down. This critical thinking style transfers the ownership of learning from the instructor to the students with a ton of fun built in. Instructional Technology wants to team with you to create a collaborative “breakout” scenario for students in your classroom. The Breakout EDU kit and website www.breakoutedu.com includes everything needed to facilitate over 400 immersive lessons created for the classroom environment. We are excited to work with you to design a new learning dynamic for students. This is not a virtual presentation and will be held at the Columbia and Moberly locations. Presented by Instructional Technology staff.

  • Moberly, Blue Room, February 13, 2:00 pm
  • Columbia, Room 146, February 16, 10:00 am

Canvas Refresher

We will be reviewing and talking about ideas to stay in touch and on track with your students. Topics include using Canvas Analytics, finding concluded students in Canvas, communicating techniques, ensuring your course is ADA compliant and more. Presented by Rita Wheeler, Instructional Technology Specialist.

  • February 15, 3:00 pm
  • February 15, 7:00 pm

Beyond the Basics in Canvas

In this robust session, we will cover new features found in Canvas, such as adding an image to your course card, checking for student comments, using Canvas Teacher App, accessing Canvas Community, working with Test Banks, Turnitin and more. Presented by Tonya Fast and Amy Weimer, Instructional Technology Specialists.

  • February 22, 3:00 pm
  • February 22, 7:00 pm

Comparing Blackboard Collaborate, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and Zoom

MACC has multiple web-conferencing tools for virtual learning. Experience easy-to-use interfaces to join browser-based sessions. You do not need to install Java or a launcher to access sessions. Join us to learn more about our virtual room options. Presented by Shandra Clark and Tonya Fast, Instructional Technology Specialists.

  • March 8, 3:00 pm
  • March 8, 6:00 pm

Respondous LockDown Browser and Monitor

Protect the integrity of your online or virtual course. Respondous LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Canvas. Respondus Monitor is an addition to LockDown Browser that allows you to verify student identity and record the student during testing. Monitor may be available in the fall semester. The possibilities for using the product with publisher software such as MyMathLab or Cengage will be demonstrated. Come see how easy it is to use! Presented by Angela Walker, Associate Professor – Mathematics

  • March 1, 10:00 am
  • March 1, 6:00 pm

What is New in the Library and using Open Resources?

Join us to learn more about MACC’s new library domain, online library resources including EBSCO, eBooks, Mobius, Films on Demand, Academic Resource Center and Open Resources. Presented by Valerie Darst, Director of Library Services and Jill Gosseen, Coordinator of the Library & Academic Resource Center (LARC) and Instructional Technology staff member.

  • March 19, 3:00 pm
  • March 19, 6:00 pm

Get Your Questions Answered Here – Panel of Instructors

Listen to this experienced group share their favorite features in Canvas followed by a question and answer session. You might ask how to create engaging discussions in Canvas or tips for student retention in your course. This is the place to get suggestions and help to make your course even better. Presented by Sheila Bradley - Associate Professor - Mathematics, Patti Cole - Associate Professor - Physical Science, Renee Field - Adjunct Instructor - Language & Literature, Morgan Rockett - Associate Professor – Accounting, and Magi Smith - Assistant Professor - Language & Literature.

  • March 21, 3:00 pm
  • March 21, 7:00 pm

Adding Videos to Personalize Your Course

Let us talk about how to add videos into your course. We will touch on a variety of tools you can use to create or edit your videos, including Studio 27 (our video recording studio on the Moberly Campus). We will discuss the different ways to present the videos in a Canvas course. Presented by Tonya Fast, Instructional Technology Specialist.

  • April 5, 3:00 am
  • April 5, 6:00 pm

*Sessions to be held virtually via Blackboard Collaborate 

Each session is worth 1 credit toward the Adjunct Professional Development stipend.


Please note the following:

  • You CAN attend more than 3 sessions if the topic is beneficial to you.
  • Get approval from your supervisor as needed before contacting the HR office to register.