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Using Humor to Engage Students in the Classroom


For teaching professors who are faced with student apathy or lack of engagement, this online seminar provides a strategy based on humor that not only increases student engagement, but also contributes to students’ improved recall, comprehension, and satisfaction.


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Thursday, April 16, 2020 | 1:00 PM Central | 60 Minutes

For teaching professors who are faced with student apathy or lack of engagement, Using Humor to Engage Students in the Classroom provides a strategy based on humor that will not only increase student engagement, but also contribute to students improved recall, comprehension, and satisfaction.

What are the learning goals?

Upon completion of this seminar, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand what humor is
  • Recognize why humor is important for class engagement
  • Identify two strategies to implement humor in class/course activities
  • Realize that humor can be engagement enhancing for the instructor

Who should attend?

  • College instructors
  • Teaching and Learning staff developers
  • Instructional technologists
  • Deans
  • Educational developers

Why you don’t want to miss this!

Low student engagement, whether it be in face-to-face classes or online sections, is a lament heard from students and professors alike. Humor is an underappreciated tool and resource that can easily and effectively help boost engagement in your classroom. Teacher who can use humor well can create increased levels of student recall, use humor to help students work through a difficult section, and derive more enjoyment from their class work. Humor is a tool that can benefit both student and teacher!

What’s included?

Your seminar registration includes the following:

  • A single connection to the live seminar (one connection per purchased registration)
  • On-demand access for one year
  • Downloadable PowerPoint presentations from the speaker
  • Written transcript
  • Supplemental materials
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee

For the live seminar, you can have as many people participate in the program as you like using the single connection by using a large screen, projector, and speakers.

There is no limit to how many times the seminar is accessed while available on-demand. Additional connections for other locations or branch campuses can be purchased for $100 per additional connection. Contact Magna Customer Service at 800-433-0499 to add additional connections for the rebroadcasted seminar.

Additional Detail

This online seminar is to help instructors better understand how to use humor in the classroom and why its an underutilized teaching tool that promotes benefits that affect both the students and instructor. Well cover the evidence that supports the effectiveness of humor in helping to achieve many class goals, what humor is and how it works, and practical applications to help instructors to begin using humor in low-risk ways that can then spring-board them into using more humor once they build confidence.


Interested in getting this program and every Magna Online Seminar for one year?

The Magna Online Seminar Pass gives you access to all of Magnas online seminars including the live broadcast and 12-month on-demand access for 12 months. Covering the topics you want from the nations top academic thought leaders, Magna Online Seminars help you promote continued faculty and staff development.

The Magna Online Seminar Pass costs less than the price of 6 programs. So, its like buying six programs and getting at least 19 free! This affordable subscription membership gives you access to every live Magna Online Seminar produced over the course of a 12-month period (minimum of 25 seminars). And you’ll be pre-registered so you won’t have to sign up for each program. Start your subscription today!


With the purchase of the optional Campus Access License (or Group License when ordering online), registrants are granted a license to download the program contents to a password-protected network, server, or web-site for additional staff use. The Group License option does not give unlimited connections to the live online seminar presentation.

Product Code: PC20FA

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