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Magna Online Seminars have built a reputation for their quality, timeliness and relevance. Live and interactive, they feature leading educators and thought leaders delivering thought-provoking, practical presentations. Plus if you can’t make the live event, all seminars are available on-demand for a full 30 days. Our Online Seminar Package also includes a copy of the recording on CD, plus the full transcript and supplemental materials. Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back.


How to Integrate Self-Regulated Learning into Your Courses

Led by Linda B. Nilson, PhD, director of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation at Clemson University, this online seminar will prepare you to select, adapt, design, and integrate proven self-regulated learning assignments and activities into the courses you’re teaching right now.

Online Seminar • Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 • 1:00 pm Central

Using Appreciative Inquiry to Facilitate Change

If you’re an academic leader, the actions you take today not only have an impact on current events, but they also help shape the environment for the next generation of students and decision makers. Learn how using the strengths-based approach of Appreciative Inquiry will help promote consensus and energize your leadership efforts to create positive change.

Online Seminar • Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 • 1:00 pm Central

Team-Based Learning: Strategies for Getting Started

Team-Based Learning is a uniquely powerful and increasingly popular form of small group learning. When properly designed, it can help ensure students leave your class with conceptual and procedural learning, confident in their understanding of course content, and ready to apply it in meaningful ways. It’s also a great teaching approach for the flipped classroom.

Online Seminar • Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 • 1:00 pm Central

Ten Critical Steps in Choosing a Learning Management System

The learning management system you select for your program can be the best decision you’ve ever made. It can just as easily be your worst mistake, and one that you’re stuck with for years. This seminar will explain how to evaluate your current technological needs, develop an LMS selection process, and implement that process successfully.

Online Seminar • Thursday, May 1st, 2014 • 1:00 pm Central

Social Media in Higher Education: Legal Considerations

Does your campus have a social media policy? While many in higher ed are active in social media, not all understand the possible legal issues that could result from a misguided tweet or post. If you don’t know what the risks are, you can get your institution into trouble with defamation, vicarious liability, copyright and trademark violations, and more. This online seminar you will teach you about the most common social media legal issues and how to address—and ultimately prevent— them at your institution.

Online Seminar • Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 • 1:00 pm Central

The Flipped Approach to Online Teaching and Learning

Much of the literature about the flipped classroom has focused on traditional face-to-face courses. That doesn’t mean that flipping doesn’t work online—it’s just a bit different. During this seminar, you will analyze current models for the flipped class and explore how to expand and adapt these models to include online learning environments.

Online Seminar • Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 • 1:00 pm Central

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Leverage Social Media to Fuel Student Engagement & Learning

Like it, pin it, retweet it. Social media just might be the most powerful classroom tool you aren’t using yet. We understand that sometimes the pedagogical application of social media isn’t immediately obvious so this seminar boils it all down to provide you with concrete, workable ideas for incorporating social media into some of your lessons.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

The Higher Ed Act Reauthorization: What’s at Stake for You?

As the major law regulating higher education in the United States, HEA affects everything from accreditation to loan limits to distribution of federal funds. The reauthorization process will involve legislators, academic associations, public institutions, and for-profit businesses, and will shape public attitudes, financial support, and regulation of higher education for years to come. Find out what you need to know, and learn how you can contribute to the conversation.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Strategies for Making Your Courses Relevant and Engaging

This seminar focuses on maximizing the relevance of your courses and piquing students’ interest by adjusting your approach rather than dramatically changing course content. Specifically, you will learn how to use frequent needs assessments, techniques that heighten student engagement, and daily feedback to ensure that your students understand why course content is relevant to their degree programs, their lives, and that real world waiting for them after graduation.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Leading Change: A Framework for Department Chairs

Being an effective change agent requires more than a vision, an implementation plan, and an assessment, and you’ll see how you can develop comprehensive change strategies customized for your department. In this online seminar led by Dr. Adrianna Kezar, professor of education and codirector of the Pullias Center for Higher Education at USC, you will learn a conceptual approach that will help you stop reacting to change – and start leading it.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Seven Strategies to Enhance Learning through Group Work

Most group work goes something like this: One person does most of the work. One person does none. The rest aren’t sure how or what to contribute, so they muddle through. Everyone gets the same grade. But what if you could rewrite the ending of that age-old story? As a matter of fact, you can rewrite the whole story. Group work doesn’t have to be an exercise in frustration. It can actually be a powerful tool that improves learning for everyone involved.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Six Practical Strategies to Improve Your Online Courses

If you’re new to the online classroom, or having been teaching online for years, we invite you to spend an hour with Oliver Dreon, PhD, director of Millersville University’s Center for Academic Excellence, for this one-hour online seminar. You’ll learn how you can use a half-dozen research-based, easy-to-implement practices to help you create truly student-centered instruction, and come away with a tremendous “toolkit” of ideas for making your online classes even better than they are now.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Using Universal Design to Support All Online Students

The same principles that make learning more accessible for students with disabilities can benefit all online students. Discover how UDL/I principles can boost retention and increase student engagement for your entire class. During this seminar, Thomas Tobin, PhD, coordinator of Learning Technologies at the Center for Teaching and Learning of Northeastern Illinois University, will provide a road map to help you integrate UDL/I principles into both new and existing courses.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Thursday, February 6th, 2014

10 Ways to Improve Blended Learning Course Design in 2014

The flexibility of blended courses allows teachers to redesign almost any course to best fit the needs of the learners. When it’s done right, a blended course offers flexibility and access (for both teacher and student) while enhancing the learning experience. Learn some of the most effective classroom-tested methods from someone who has been teaching blended courses for nearly a decade.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Are You Offering Quality Online Education? How Do You Know?

The structure of the entire program is as important as the structure of the individual course. And there are clear standards for assessing how well an online program is supporting both faculty and students. Led by Kaye Shelton, PhD, this seminar focuses on research into the seven key measurable aspects of quality in online education, as outlined in a research study by the Institute for Higher Education Policy in 2000, re-affirmed and updated in 2010 by a panel of 43 seasoned online education administrators.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Helping Introverts Thrive in an Active Learning Classroom

For introverted students, the discomfort of participation far outweighs the benefits of active learning. During this seminar, you’ll gain a wealth of practical, ready-to-implement ideas to enhance the overall cohesion and performance of your classes and make them welcoming places for all students, no matter where they fall on the introversion-extroversion spectrum.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Why Students Cheat and What We Can Do About It

Cheating happens because students have the opportunity and the incentive to do so. If it was harder to cheat and if cheating didn’t benefit students by leading to higher grades, it would not happen as often. During this seminar led by James M. Lang, PhD, you will learn the concrete steps you can take to strategically revise your course designs and classroom practices to stem cheating and increase learning.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Meeting the New Distance Ed Accreditation Requirements

Aligning your program with Interregional Guidelines for the Evaluation of Distance Education in preparation for your next accreditation event is going to be a challenge, to say the least: The guidelines call for new practices, documentation methods, and workflows. They also require the participation of an extremely broad range of constituents across your institution. When you attend this seminar, you will come away with with a solid plan of action, a framework for an efficient process, and a firm grasp of the personnel and resources that need to be brought together to prepare successfully for an accreditation event.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Teaching Unprepared Students: Strategies that Work

More and more students are arriving on campus without the tools they need to succeed. Some lack skills, others lack motivation, and many just don’t seem to “get” that college takes hard work and commitment. Led by Ken Alford and Tyler Griffin, this seminar provides guidance on how to get unprepared students better aligned with the demands of college.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Five Reasons to Stop Avoiding Online Accessibility Mandates

The federal government has increased its scrutiny and ramped up its efforts to enforce distance learning ADA accessibility requirements. Audits are on the rise, the overall regulatory atmosphere is becoming aggressive, and institutions that overlook accessibility face significant noncompliance penalties. Led by Fred Lokken, this seminar provides the background and framework needed to bring your online program into compliance.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013