This Magna Online Seminar is perfect for those of you who are just a little lost, a little confused, or really want a glimpse of course planning with a real-life instructional designer. This seminar will focus on the prep work that happens BEFORE the syllabus is given to students.
Creating accommodating, all-inclusive environments for all students should be a top priority for any educator. Fortunately, faculty can implement small, straightforward pedagogical changes to increase the inclusion of students with disabilities that often improve interaction between all enrolled students, improve the classroom experience, and make teaching more efficient and effective.
Online courses present unique challenges for both students and faculty. Small teaching can be the answer to those problems. Small online teaching strategies are minor adjustments to class design and teaching, things that are feasible in terms of the minimum amount of time required and that create little to no grading burden.
In recent years, lectures as a pedagogical approach have come under considerable fire. Critics have called lectures boring, obsolete, old-fashioned, overused, and even unfair. The criticisms, however, are often leveled at one type of lecture: the full-session, transmission-model lecture. Still, there is another type of lecture that has tried and true benefits: the interactive lecture.
Online enrollments are on the rise, even as overall enrollments decline. As an increasingly diverse student body flocks online to meet their educational goals, online completion rates are not yet on par with traditional classrooms and are more problematic for students outside of the once-traditional student demographic.
Online enrollments are on the rise, even as overall enrollments decline. As an increasingly diverse student body flocks online to meet their educational goals, online completion rates are not yet on par with face-to-face classrooms and are more problematic for students outside of the historically traditional student demographic.
Naturally, adults and children learn in different ways. However, this truism does not necessarily translate when learners transition from secondary to postsecondary educational settings. It’s even more elusive in online learning environments as students are not immediately visible to their instructors.
Discover how changing instruction from using traditional text to adding graphic novel(s) can open communication with different student groups and also develop skills, such as visual literacy, in all students.
This online seminar addresses ways faculty can provide students with skills to identify and contend with ethical matters in specific disciplines and professions, civic life, and as part of the educational process (including academic integrity and interpersonal interactions). We will also discuss ethical considerations for instructors—particularly those new to the profession—around dilemmas they often encounter, including grading, recommendation letters, and boundaries in interactions with students.
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.
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.
This Magna Online Seminar presents a framework of expert-level teaching practices, all backed by the science of how our brains learn. Adopting three elements of a constructivist teaching approach can help to make learners more active, curious, and engaged, all while reducing your workload as an instructor.
Recognizing the importance of general studies courses and the disconnect that online learners often feel the course was designed to simultaneously promote content learning; introduce students to all the professors in the department; foster excitement about the discipline; and help distance students feel more intimately connected to the academic department. An effective department-wide, collaborative course development process requires culture-building surrounding spirit of online education, policy regarding course “ownership”, issues surrounding compensation, and guidance for faculty that lack experience in online teaching and learning.
You have the basics of teaching well in hand. Your students are successful. You feel comfortable with your content knowledge and teaching methods. So why would you change anything? This Magna Online Seminar invites you to peek behind the classroom doors and LMS screen of college and university instructors who win national teaching awards to find out what they do that is so different.
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.