In order to truly advance the careers and lives of adult learners, educators need to understand the importance of adult learners to universities, the complex lives of adult learners, and the appeal of online courses among this learner group. Not insignificant to this goal is the fact that many of these learners are now millennials with distinct learning preferences and life challenges.
Student engagement – especially in conversation and peer interaction – can be a big challenge for college educators. This program introduces four tried-and-true techniques to create a learning environment that is literally buzzing with student conversation.
The benefits of a thoughtfully designed and learning-oriented post-exam review session is a win– win for both faculty and students. When post-exam review is implemented with concepts critical to student learning, students are given the opportunity for metacognition, to identify both strengths and gaps in knowledge, explore content to apply classroom knowledge, and differentiate correct from incorrect thinking.
What things can teachers do to become more effective scholars? For faculty who are interested in becoming a better and more efficient researcher and writer, this presentation shares scholarship advice assembled from outstanding research professors.
Balancing teaching, scholarship, and citizenship responsibilities is challenging for college professors. What can teachers do to more effectively fulfill their citizenship responsibilities?
Your syllabus is one of the first impressions your course will make on your students. Need an “aha” moment to punch up your syllabi? Learn how to transform them from long, boring and text-laden documents to something elegant and engaging that your students will want to read.
Backwards design is a straightforward process that provides value to both learners and instructors by creating alignment between objectives, class format, and examination questions. This method can assure student success by focusing on the outcomes first and ensuring that the course content aligns with those outcomes, while also creating a better process for instructors by allowing them to focus on their own content more efficiently.
Changing an educational format or program can be challenging for both instructors and students. Viewing classroom change through the Kubler-Ross change curve helps determine that stress and resistance can be managed through to experimentation and integration over time.
Assessment is at the heart of effective teaching and student success. Assessment is regularly practiced in the classroom by faculty; yet moving assessment into a more formal, structured and systematic department process may make faculty feel vulnerable.
This program explores the steps that should be considered once assessment data has been collected at the departmental level. These steps cover very practical implications and the planning tips provided help ensure this process is efficient, meaningful, and considered worthy of your faculty’s time.
For faculty or course designers who are interested in creating an interaction-focused solution to universal design, this Magna 20-Minute Mentor that gives specific ideas that can be implemented on any campus.
This 20-Minute Mentor helps faculty and administrators understand and engage with homeschooled students to better serve this group and ensure their successful start in higher education.
Change is sweeping through higher education. Major strategic choices come from university leadership rather than deans and department chairs. The deans and department chairs represent the middle management where actual change must be implemented. This 20-Minute Mentor helps explicate the causes of these changes and the strategies to address the need for change.
This mentor is especially useful for anyone new to evaluating faculty, uncomfortable with confrontation or coaching difficulty conversations, or interested in redesigning the evaluation process or mechanism (form/tool) on their campus.