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The Teaching Professor is the lively, highly informative newsletter with a singular purpose: to provide ideas and insight to educators who are passionate about teaching. A source of cutting-edge information and inspiration for more than 10,000 educators at universities and colleges worldwide.

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This collection of ten Magna 20-Minute Mentors brings you top content from the Annual Teaching Professor Conference—just in time for the new school year. Take this opportunity to reinvigorate your teaching through insights from popular sessions. These quick-hitting 20-minute videos offer solutions to common classroom challenges.

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Founded in 2003, The Teaching Professor Conference provides a thought-provoking and stimulating forum for educators of all disciplines and experience levels to share best practices that advance college teaching and learning.

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The Magna Online Seminar Pass is a subscription membership that gives you access to every Magna Online Seminar produced over the course of a 12-month period (minimum of 25 seminars). Gain access to seminars that present the latest and greatest in academia and promote skill development for both staff and faculty.

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Monday Morning Mentor delivers one of our popular Magna 20-Minute Mentor online programs each week – 16 in the fall, 16 in the spring, 8 in the summer.

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Magna Commons is a subscription-based, on-demand, online, and campus-wide digital library of all of Magna Online Seminars. Suitable for faculty and administrators. With the wealth of topics available in Magna Commons, and unlimited access for your campus, each member of the community can tailor his or her learning to their professional development needs.

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An on-demand digital library of targeted higher education faculty development programs that offer solutions to common classroom challenges—in just 20 minutes! A subscription gives your entire campus access to all 20-Minute Mentor programs. It's a flexible, practical means for everyone at your institution to build knowledge and improve performance.

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  • 30
  • Apr

Engage Early, Build Trust, and Gain Student Retention and Success

What happens during the first week of class sets the tone for the entire term and can affect retention and student success. For students to work well together in classes, a degree of trust must exist between them, and building this trust quickly is key. Learn about the concept of swift trust, which comes from business but applies to education as well.

  • 23
  • May

How to Improve Academic Lectures with TED Talk Principles: Connect, Convey, Communicate

For faculty who struggle with engaging content delivery (lecture) How to Improve Academic Lectures with TED Talk Principles: Connect, Convey, Communicate is a Magna Online Seminar that gives specific, practical steps to add enthusiasm and excitement to lectures and presentations.

  • 18
  • Jun

7 Indispensable Strategies to Build Community in Your Online Courses

Students in online courses and degree programs sometimes report that studying online can leave them feeling isolated and unconnected to their instructor and student peers. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. Online instructors can utilize a variety of strategies to build and maintain a sense of community in their online courses and doing so will result in a better course experience for both student and instructor.

  • 16
  • Jul

Getting Started with Backward Design: Meaningful and Measurable Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes and objectives are the first step in backwards design. As such they hold the primary spot in the course development process. Faculty engaged in course or program development who are ill-equipped to design meaningful and measurable outcomes face the prospect of a poorly designed course and less than meaningful learning experiences for students.