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Learn how to make your multiple choice tests more effective by creating a test blueprint and formulating test questions that go beyond memorization to evaluate thinking skills. Testing is more than a responsibility for faculty members. It’s an opportunity to assess the progress you and your students have made toward your learning objectives. Multiple choice tests aren’t about playing the odds—instead, they can help you make the most of your chances to connect with students.
Without deep learning, your students can come away from courses with misunderstandings and oversimplified views of complex issues. Learn how the process of critical reflection is a reliable way to deepen the learning experience.
Learn the structure and find the confidence to flip a lesson in a course you already teach or a new course you are designing. Discover how to integrate flipped lessons into the overall course for a seamless learning experience for your students.
Teaching critical reflection skills in STEM courses helps develop professionals who can think, analyze, reason, solve problems creatively, and communicate. While some may be hesitant about teaching these skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics courses, that’s where students and society can reap multiple benefits from critical reflection. Learn how to incorporate these skills in your STEM courses.
Tests and other assessments are effective tools for determining how well students learned (and how well you taught) earlier in the semester. But they don’t really do much to help students learn in the present, or as the semester progresses. This fast, focused program will provide you with an assortment of tools and techniques to promote better learning.
At the end of a semester, do you find your office full of students wondering what their grade will be? Are they often complaining that their grade is much lower than they anticipated? It’s OK, we’ve all been there. The good news is that there is a way to reduce grading frustration – for your students and yourself. Learn about total point grading today!
Focused, energizing classroom discussions that involve everyone are what higher education instructors dream of. Too bad they don’t just happen. But you can learn the careful planning and structuring it takes to make them happen in How Can I Use Discussion to Facilitate Learning? This fast and focused video seminar will show you how to structure and plan classroom discussions to maximize student engagement, student participation, and learning.
If you are only asking for feedback at the end of the semester, there’s not much you can do to improve the learning for your current students. That is why it’s important to get student feedback early in the semester - and multiple times throughout - to understand your students and meet their learning needs. We share the five times in the semester when getting student feedback is valuable and provides practical ways to obtain that information.
You know teaching and learning are more effective when students are motivated. One of the keys to motivating students is finding out what makes them tick, and the sooner you can do that, the better. Learn how you can use class openings to forge connections with college students through introductory surveys, icebreakers, and more.
Informal writing assignments can be part of your strategy of frequent, low-stakes (FLS) grading. This approach incorporates many informal, low-pressure writing assignments that keep students engaged in the course materials and continually improving. Find out how informal writing assignments can create a dialogue between the students and instructor, boost student confidence, and increase student motivation.
A frequent, low-stakes FLS grading strategy, when used correctly, can decrease your workload while increasing student motivation and confidence. As an added benefit, it helps ensure students arrive to class prepared and ready to learn. The idea behind FLS is simple: you give many grades with lower weights. Learn how this technique can benefit your classroomin this 20 Minute Mentor.
Save time and significantly improve student outcomes by using Voice Feedback. Research shows that students value and are far more likely to incorporate voice feedback in completing their assignments than written feedback. We explain the benefits of using voice feedback and walk you through the process of how to incorporate this approach into your teaching.
Whether you teach physics or philosophy, you’re probably looking for innovative ways to increase student engagement with your course material. Encouraging students to make new connections is essential in higher education, and we show you what students think about just that.
Rubrics help you develop a better grading system, one that delivers fair results, helps students learn, and makes effective use of your time. In this program, you will get examples of the three basic formats for rubrics and explore seven key recommendations developed to help you transform the grading process.
Veterans returning to higher education face cognitive and physical challenges. Discover effective responses to the learning needs of today’s disabled student veterans and understand the impact of acquired disabilities on learning.
Bullying and teasing takes many forms, but none of them are acceptable in higher education classrooms. In this Magna 20 Minute Mentor session, Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., an experienced educator and counselor, shares a resolutely practical approach, developed to help you confront the issue of bullying or teasing in your classroom.
Despite the widespread acceptance and demonstrated success of group learning, many teachers do not know how to create small groups effectively. We discuss key factors involved in successfully facilitating group learning and teach you the benefits of group work.
Community is an essential ingredient in the educational experience. Studies show that community building can increase retention, improve students’ cognitive intellectual development, and promote contributions to society. Find out why it’s important for you to know how to create community.
We cover the process of online course conversion, from initial course review to working with technology. Learn a step-by-step approach to maximizing the educational benefits of blended learning—in a minimal amount of time—by making the most of what you’re already doing and using technology to enhance student engagement and learning.
We’ve all encountered “toxic” learning environments–apathetic students, disillusioned faculty, an entire roomful of people waiting for class to just end, already. Keeping the classroom climate positive is the responsibility of both sides. Learn valuable concepts you can put to work right away in every class.