CTL Professional Development Calendar

Professional Development and Learning Opportunities for CNM Faculty


  1. Log in to MyCNM.
  2. Click on the Employee tab in the left-hand menu.
  3. Under the CNM Talent Management section, click Talent Management.
  4. Select Browse for Training.
  5. Under the Subject heading on the left of the screen, click on CTL Faculty Training.  Locate the session and campus you wish to attend, and then click on Request.

    This will register you for the session, and you will receive an email notification with a calendar invitation.  You will also receive a reminder two days prior to the event.

Looking for technology or other training?

See the Technology Service and Training Center page for a list of upcoming instructor-led training sessions.

Find information about additional training through Employee Training and CNM Talent Management at the Employee Training Department page.

Hidden Disabilities: Navigating the Need for Disability Support on Campus

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2020
Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Cognitive disabilities are often “hidden”— if not disclosed by the student, then an educator may not be aware of the barriers to learning that exist. This online seminar addresses some of the most common eligible accommodations to assist students with disabilities and how to use these accommodations in the classroom.

Upon completion of this seminar, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the difference between the ADA and IDEA
  • Identify some of the most common accommodations in the college/university setting
  • Characterize what defines an otherwise qualified student in the college/university setting
  • Discern the difference between accommodations and modifications
  • Recognize the role of the Disability Resource Center on campus

Dina Leland, MEd
Disability Specialist, University of Nevada and President, NV-AHEAD

Using Humor to Engage Students in the Classroom

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020
Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Low student engagement is a lament that can be heard from both students and instructors. It's crucial that you, as an educator, are able to connect with your students to foster the most effective teaching and learning environment possible.  Here's something not a lot of people really know...  You can do this using humor.  Yes, humor! Humor is one of the most underappreciated teaching tools and can easily and effectively boost engagement and satisfaction in your classroom.  Using Humor to Engage Students in the Classroom will cover the evidence that supports the effectiveness of humor in the classroom as well as provide practical applications to help you begin using humor in low-risk ways. You'll be able to take away what humor is, how it works in a classroom setting, and how to apply it to improve a variety of class goals, like recall, retention, and engagement.

Learning Goals

  • How to effectively and appropriately use humor as a teaching tool
  • The numerous benefits to using humor in the classroom, including engagement, recall, performance, and satisfaction
  • Evidence-based strategies to implement humor for class and course activities

Your Presenter
Michael K. Cundall, Jr., PhD, Associate Professor of Philosophy, North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University

Using UDL to Create Effective Educational Assessments

Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Online

Do you sometimes use traditional assessment methods despite having some students who may not do well with them? This Magna Online Seminar offers alternatives based on the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework that are acceptable even in cases where instructors do not believe they have flexibility to change assessments. Assessment is the heart of the student experience and serves as a critical vehicle by which learners engage and communicate their learning to instructors. Yet, it's also an area of learning that is often entangled with strong negative emotions from these learners. Explore how Universal Design for Learning can be used to guide the design of assessments that provide flexibility, choice, and authenticity to learners, which results in better expression of mastery, motivation, and self-regulation for your students.


  • Articulate the value of designing flexible assessments for validity and learning
  • Explain how UDL provides structure to design flexible assessments which gives students the opportunity to show what they know in more than one way
  • Apply best practices of UDL assessment design to assessment in a given learning experience

Eric J. Moore, PhD, UDL and accessibility specialist at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

CNM Safe Zone Training

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2020
Time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Locations: Main Campus, TM 103

The CNM Safe Zone Training is an opportunity for faculty and staff to learn about (and how to support) LGBTQ+ identities, issues, and people both inside and outside the classroom. Participants will learn LGBTQ+ vocabulary, increase awareness of gender & sexuality, LGBTQ+ identities and issues, learn best practices for making the campus a safer space, and learn how to be better allies both inside and outside the classroom. Participants will receive a CNM Safe Zone sticker for office display upon completion of this training. 

To pre-register, go to Employee Training and browse offerings under the Diversity & Equity tab.
Faculty Contact: Elizabeth Bennett,