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Blended Learning 4-pack

Blended Learning 4-pack

Blended learning is one of the most talked about trends in higher education today, with a documented ability to improve student performance more than either face-to-face instruction or online technology can independently. Learn how you can design a course making the best of both worlds in this new 20 Minute Mentor Blended Learning 4-pack.

Can I Safely Use Facebook with Students for Class Interaction?

Can I Safely Use Facebook with Students for Class Interaction?

You’ll explore what Facebook does well and how you can harness social media to support face-to-face and e-learning objectives for your students.


How Can Document Sharing Tools Help Students Collaborate?

How Can Document Sharing Tools Help Students Collaborate?

Document sharing software is a proven and effective way to facilitate group projects. With capabilities that allow for shared review, editing and other tasks, document sharing improves collaborative learning by making interaction more streamlined, efficient and convenient. It helps accelerate learning and makes group work more meaningful. Learn how to use free programs and setup group projects with this seminar.

How Can I Enhance the Impact of Feedback in Online Classes?

How Can I Enhance the Impact of Feedback in Online Classes?

Feedback is a key element in the learning process. Discover multiple feedback strategies that can grab students’ attention, help them learn from their mistakes, and upgrade your online feedback, making it more specific, timely, and effective.


How Can I Get Started With the Virtual Classroom?

How Can I Get Started With the Virtual Classroom?

Teaching online requires shifts in your approach. This program gives you the instructional and logistical perspectives to succeed in the virtual classroom. Starting with a clarification of terms, you’ll see how the synchronous environment of the online classroom lends itself to using other media to draw students in.

How Can I Set Time Management Priorities in Online Teaching?

How Can I Set Time Management Priorities in Online Teaching?

Faculty need efficient instruction practices when teaching online. Learn proven time management practices for your online courses. As a result, you will do a better job of providing feedback and achieving instructional priorities without spending all of your time in front of the computer.


How Can I Use Technology to Create Custom Automated Feedback?

How Can I Use Technology to Create Custom Automated Feedback?

High-quality, individualized feedback is essential for effective online teaching. Learn how to use feedback banks, feedback technology, and automated feedback to improve your online comments to students. In the process, you’ll also improve your students’ experience with online teaching, increasing their learning, motivation, and satisfaction.

How Can I Use Voice Feedback to Improve Student Learning?

How Can I Use Voice Feedback to Improve Student Learning?

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.


How Do I Choose Between Synchronous & Asynchronous Activities?

How Do I Choose Between Synchronous & Asynchronous Activities?

Learn how to define, describe, and decide between synchronous activities and asynchronous online activities. Emphasizing learning objectives over technology, this session walks you through a decision-making process based on what you want students to learn and helps you find the most effective way for them to process it.

How Do I Convert a F2F Course to a Hybrid Course?

How Do I Convert a F2F Course to a Hybrid Course?

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.


How Do I Create Engaging Threaded Discussion Questions?

How Do I Create Engaging Threaded Discussion Questions?

A properly crafted question can engage students’ interest, foster ideas and contributions from other students, and in little time at all help transform what may have been an uninspired or “flat” classroom into a hotbed of learning in which the ideas and comments of one student are quickly built on by another.

How Do I Set Students Up for Success in Online Courses?

How Do I Set Students Up for Success in Online Courses?

Beginnings matter, whether you’re teaching students face-to-face or online. Find out how you can make the most of online course introductions. In this fast and focused session, you’ll discover how you can transform course introductions from ho-hum exercises in housekeeping into time-saving, inspirational new beginnings.


How Do I Use VoiceThread for Online Student Discussion?

How Do I Use VoiceThread for Online Student Discussion?

With the availability of VoiceThread, technology that allows educators to host secure conversations using media that include videos, images or presentations, students can now post comments within a lecture itself.  An expert in distance education program development, discusses how VoiceThread can add a whole new element of interaction to an online course.

How Should I Manage My Online Course?

How Should I Manage My Online Course?

Managing the workload of an online course can be more challenging than managing a face-to-face course. We walk you through an online instructor checklist created at Penn State University.  When you have completed it, you will have created an instructor’s course manual that will help you stay organized, manage your workload, and keep your students working toward the learning goals.


I’m Teaching Online Next Term. What Do I Have to Know?

I’m Teaching Online Next Term. What Do I Have to Know?

If you’re teaching your first online class next semester, and you’re completely confident you know exactly what to do … then you’re probably the first. If, on the other hand, you have more questions than answers, this program is tailor-made for you. We provide you with a 12-step framework for online teaching success.

In Blended Courses, What Should Students Do Online?

In Blended Courses, What Should Students Do Online?

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. 


Peer Reviews of Online Teaching: What Works Best?

Peer Reviews of Online Teaching: What Works Best?

When conducting online faculty peer reviews, guidance for the reviewer is vital.  Starting with a set of standards is a critical first step that is sometimes neglected.  This Magna 20 Minute Mentor program walks you through a step-by-step guide created at Penn State University. The guide is based on Chickering and Gamson’s Seven Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education and is adapted for online teaching.

Should I Use ADDIE as a Design Map for My Blended Course?

Should I Use ADDIE as a Design Map for My Blended Course?

ADDIE stands for Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation.  It is a helpful course design format and a theory-driven, reality-tested approach to blended course design.  Use a research-based formula for designing your blended learning course and deliver an impactful learning experience.  


What Are the Communication 'Musts' in an Online Class?

What Are the Communication 'Musts' in an Online Class?

Establishing effective communication in online classes can be challenging. This program shows you how to use technology to create an effective online learning environment. You will learn five essential steps to enhance your online communication.

What Do Students Want in Online Courses?

What Do Students Want in Online Courses?

Asking the right questions can be just as important as getting the right answers. This is particularly important when it comes to designing for the online student. Learn how you can create a better online course experience. This pointed and practical session will show you how to meet online students’ desires without sacrificing your standards.


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