This Magna 20-Minute Mentor discusses core power skills which include: teamwork, communication, positive attitude, critical thinking, professionalism, and time management. You’ll also learn a four phase approach to integrating soft-skill education into a curriculum and how to design related activities to unleash the full potential of your students.
Through concrete tips, practical strategies, and real-life examples, this suite of 20-Minute Mentors, presented by Brian Udermann, PhD, gives academic leaders the tools needed to improve online courses, while simultaneously enhancing faculty and administrator relationships in the context of online education.
This program explains, through the lens of the literature, how the brain processes information and identifies why microactivities are a great method of formative assessment to check in with your students’ learning and move information closer to long-term memory.
The syllabus can not only help a student navigate the course content, but it also can become a substitute for first-day-of-class conversations, detail major assignments, and explain online-specific requirements such as technology required, netiquette, or recycled writing policies. Learn how to make an effective syllabus for online courses that will help you create a smoothly running class.
Discover how to evaluate your content in the context of a podcast and determine if this is an appropriate tool for your content delivery. Gain an idea of the benefits to podcasting, both as a content delivery platform and a way for students to receive content in an efficient and convenient way.
This 20-Minute Mentor demonstrates that building a podcast is an easy process and an effective way to transparently communicate with students.
In this program, learn how to adopt a systemic and practical approach to increase online completion rates in the context of declining overall enrollments, increasing student diversity, and rising educational costs. And, understand that instructors partnering with instructional designers in the context of institutional support is key to implementing the proposed framework elements.
We can all use fresh ideas for engaging students with course content. What can the games we play teach us about designing our courses? Games have kept people engaged for decades because they have systematically designed engagement practices. In this program we will explore how to recognize these engagement practices and apply them into course design. Learn how to use the games that surround us to make our courses more powerful. …
Learn several design-based first-year supports, how to create opportunities in the facilitation of your courses to create and build classroom skills, and how to plan/implement evaluations to continue to support students in their educational journey. Designing with students in mind first helps you be purposeful in your approach to building their skills and meeting their needs.
Academic leaders and online education program managers establishing an online education program or meeting resistance to a current online education program How Can I Increase Faculty and Staff Buy-in For Online Programs? is a Magna 20-Minute Mentor that explains the contributors to resistance and provides actionable solutions that will help the viewer effectively lead change at the institution.
Attrition rates are 10% to 20% higher in online courses than their face-to-face counterparts. While online course formats offer convenient methods of instruction, poor course development often leads to high attrition rates. This program explores how applying Media Richness Theory (MRT) and Social Presence Theory to online course design and instruction can aid overall program retention and student satisfaction.
As colleges and universities continue to expand the number of online courses and programs they offer, faculty, staff, and administrators will continue to identify ways to improve the quality of those offerings. One sometimes-overlooked strategy to positively impact quality is to periodically survey online students and faculty to receive feedback on topics such as online course design, facilitation skills of instructors, how content is created and delivered, if adequate technological support is available, etc. Student…
Enhancing consistency in online courses and programs is a current topic of interest to university administrators. Viewing this mentor will lead to enhanced awareness of the many benefits to both students and faculty that come from consistent course design. The program provides development staff, faculty, and other administrators many ideas that can be implemented easily at almost any institution.
This mentor will cover the benefits of providing high quality professional development opportunities for faculty, what some of these opportunities (or programs) might look like, and ultimately how these opportunities can positively impact the overall quality of online programming.