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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.
At its core, VoiceThread is a tool for combining lecture with discussion in rich ways, using an interaction structure roughly similar to social media. We explore how VoiceThread brings an unprecedented level of student involvement and collaboration to online learning.
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.
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.
Discover some of the best tools and techniques to challenge students academically—giving high but attainable expectations in the new 20 Minute Mentor 4-pack Increasing Intellectual Rigor in the Classroom.
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.
Faculty members are expected to know and adhere to a host of new legal mandates. Two higher education attorneys cover important legal essentials for today's faculty. We provide the necessary tools and information to understand the legal concerns that most commonly impact academia and how to prevent the litigation that can arise from them. Designed for everyone who can be held accountable for knowing and implementing legal mandates.
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 how to sidestep lawsuits and safeguard yourself and your institution by staying abreast of the most pressing issues facing faculty and campuses today. You don’t have to pore over court cases and law journals to find out what those issues are. Just watch this 60-minute seminar to get the information you need and avoid legal landmines.
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.
In the online seminar on CD, Motivating Students: From Apathetic to Inspired, you will learn ways to tweak your course design and instructional methodology to better engage students and foster accountability. You will explore evidence-based strategies that will help you create a learning environment that increases student motivation, interest, and success. You will finish with the information and tools that you need to connect with—and maybe even inspire—modern learners.