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Parents worry. Some are concerned about their children’s relationships, academic stand, or living arrangements. And some parents bring their concerns to bear when speaking with faculty members…sometimes at the top of their lungs. So what should you do? We suggest that you see this type of situation as a “teachable moment" for the parent.
The stakes are high when an instructor responds to a student answer that is wrong or just not very good. What a teacher says to a student will influence future class participation and discussions. To increase the chances of student participation, it helps to have a repertoire of strategies to employ. We introduce you to 13 possible strategies and responses that you can use when a student has provided an answer that is wrong or not very good.
A college education is about more than just accumulating knowledge. To reach deeper levels of understanding, a student must be able to construct meaning out of a purposeful combination of experiences and academic materials. Critical reflection is one of the best ways to overcome this common problem. We address the common misconception that reflection activities are “touchy-feely” exercises lacking in academic rigor and provide clear guidance on how to facilitate and assess the learning gained through critical reflection exercises.
Plagiarism has always been a thorn in the side of academia. But with the advent of online classrooms, the need to learn new strategies for preventing and detecting plagiarism has never been greater. Why has plagiarism become such a problem? Learn critical strategies to not only detect plagiarism, but also minimize the likelihood of it becoming a problem in your classroom.
If you think brain science isn’t part of your teaching job description, think again. Teachers deal with the neurochemistry behind student learning processes whether they want to or not, and today’s higher education institutions have the unique challenge of serving students whose learning styles have evolved in a multitasking culture.
Improve your students’ exam performance, reading and listening comprehension, written and designed products, and problem-solving skills by incorporating aspects of self-regulated learning into your courses. Learn how to select, adapt, design, and integrate proven self-regulated learning assignments and activities into the courses you’re teaching right now.
The need to manage aggression among college students has never been more intense. Increasingly troubled students are showing up on campus and bringing more challenging behaviors into the classroom with them. Learn how to identify and respond to aggressive behavior to help prevent the next campus tragedy from occurring.
Allowing students to earn credit for what they already know helps them move toward their goal of graduation more quickly. Some recent studies suggest that PLAs also improve institutions’ retention rates. This 30-minute seminar will helps you weigh the costs and the benefits of having a PLA program.
For instructors interested in exploring blended learning, deciding which course elements to teach face-to-face and which to address through online technology can be a major stumbling block. Learn a framework for making those essential educational judgment calls. Be confident that your selection of which materials to present online and which to present in the classroom will provide the best learning experience for your students.
If you’ve thought about team teaching with a colleague, you’ve no doubt already considered some of the positives (collaboration, collegiality, work sharing) and the potential negatives (conflict, inconsistency, division of labor). Learn the benefits of team teaching for both you and your college students along with course types and other insights to determine if team teaching is right for your course.
Your syllabus and classroom policies set the tone for your class, but they may not be creating a welcoming learning environment. Learn tips designed to help you use classroom policies to support student engagement and a smooth-running classroom.
You can learn how transform attitudes on your campus in the 90-minute Keys to a Culture of Assessment: Value and Respect. Presenter Linda Suskie updates a popular seminar to show attendees how to convert skeptics and opponents. This seminar reveals that progress doesn’t require more complex assessment strategies; in fact, simplifying assessment can often lead to better results.
With learner-centered teaching, students take more responsibility for their learning. It’s an approach that focuses a teacher’s attention on what students are doing and deals with learning processes explicitly. We share three strategies to demonstrate approaches that can benefit students and teachers.
Today’s teachers need a thorough understanding of how the available wide variety of technological tools can enhance learning. Knowing about the tools is the first step, but the most successful teachers become adept at creating courses that capitalize on the pedagogical benefits that technology can bring.
If you’re growing tired of lecturing, imagine how your students feel. Your students would probably welcome a change of pace as much as you would. The challenge, of course, is making a change for the better. Learn what other educators are doing to add variety and incorporate active-learning strategies into their courses in this Magna Online Seminar.
Learn techniques to use social media strategically and intelligently in your classroom. Incorporating social media into your courses can forge stronger connections with your students, foster mastery of course content, and develop social media skills that will help graduates transition into the workplace.
Whether you’re concerned about cheating or legal rights and responsibilities, a proactive approach helps stop problems before they start. In this Magna Online Seminar on CDwe show you how preparation makes the difference in classroom management.
Currently, student ratings are the most common way to assess teaching effectiveness. But using only student evaluations for faculty review can be problematic. Student ratings aren’t the best measures of student learning, and when faculty careers depend on student satisfaction, educators may feel driven to keep students happy, rather than make sure they’re learning.
There’s a new way to deliver fast, focused, high-quality training for your faculty and staff – every week of the school year.
It’s the Monday Morning Mentor program from Magna Publications – and you’d be hard-pressed to find anything as practical, convenient and affordable.
Monday Morning Mentor delivers one of our popular Magna 20 Minute Mentor online programs each week of the school year – 16 in the fall, 16 in the spring, 32 weeks in all. In a compact format designed for busy schedules, the programs will deliver focused, fact-filled examinations of issues important to college and university faculty and staff.
Every faculty member has moments of frustration over student motivation or, more accurately, the lack of it. If you’re looking for ways to engage, energize, and motivate your college students, this insight-filled seminar will teach you tools and strategies you can incorporate immediately. See how you can turn unmotivated students into eager, enthusiastic learners.