We show you how to make the most of that first meeting with your students. Teaching and learning depend on building and sustaining student interest and strong course openings get it all started. You learn to draft your own “enthusiasm statement” to use in your own courses to draw students into the subject matter.
When students see a clear link between their concerns and your course content, teaching and learning improve. The trick is establishing those connections. Alice Cassidy, Ph.D., shows you how to get students to make a personal investment in their learning – no matter how large or small your class may be.
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.
Committed educators are always looking for dynamic ways to grab and hold their students’ attention, but we do more than list in-class activities. This practical and focused session is grounded in learning theory, such as idea-based, brain-based and situated learning, to give you a framework for ongoing exploration and innovation.
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.
Diversity is the name of the game in higher education today, but facilitating a genuinely multicultural classroom requires more than a fresh set of labels. Learn the four key points of entry into multicultural course design. You will be guided through a framework for creating and sustaining an inclusive classroom.
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. Learn how you can turn unmotivated students into eager, enthusiastic learners.
Students can’t overcome bad habits they don’t know they have. We'll show you how to establish a climate of trust in which students can learn to recognize blind spots, gaps and contradictions in the way they think. We also share techniques to enhance classroom discussion and make it a vehicle for active learning and intellectual development.
Learn the three stages of self-regulated learning plus specific and real-world-tested techniques you can use to encourage student self-monitoring, self-testing, and self-evaluation.
This seminar blends the theoretical with the practical, and explores it all in light of growing interest in active learning. Receive over 50 web sources and examples from multiple disciplines and provides a large collection of searchable and linkable ideas you can start using in your next class.
Learn how to identify and implement instructional strategies that hold students’ attention, bolster retention rates, and lead to deep learning. This seminar gives you the classroom-tested strategies you need to keep your courses engaging and effective.
With so many easy interruptions to our concentration, it's no wonder that students can find it hard to follow a classroom discussion closely. This seminar increases your awareness of the power of mindfulness techniques to enhance the teaching experience for you and the learning experience of your students.
From the teacher’s point of view, active learning should be a powerful instructional tool, but what do the students really think about it? Are they actually learning what you intend when you use these teaching strategies in the college classroom? This unique seminar will gives you the student perspective.
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 self-assess your communication skills in the instructional context to see what works best for you and your students—and pick up new techniques to broaden your abilities.