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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.


Tools and Techniques for Promoting Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is always a work in progress. Whether you already have one or are working toward it, a culture that promotes honesty requires vigilance and maintenance. Part of the challenge is that cheating isn’t a black-and-white issue. This online seminar illuminates the shades of gray inherent in academic integrity and then imparts realistic strategies for creating and establishing standards appropriate for your institution.

Online Seminar • Thursday, December 4th, 2014 • 1:00 pm Central

Thriving as an Online Learning Administrator: 12 Strategies

High-quality online education requires the informed, deliberate development of specialized policies and procedures — not just a modification of what you’re doing for face-to-face programs. This highly participatory presentation will show you how to administer and grow your online courses and programs, while adhering to high standards of quality.

Online Seminar • Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 • 1:00 pm Central

Helping Students Succeed in a Large Classroom

Size influences everything from course design to content delivery to class flow to assignments and grading. If you teach large classes, this seminar will deliver proven principles and practices that instructors can use to teach effectively in large classrooms. You will also receive a course design checklist, an ongoing evaluation checklist, an observation checklist, and other resources to help you keep large classes from veering off track.

Online Seminar • Thursday, November 20th, 2014 • 12:00 pm Central

Successfully Adopting Blended Learning at Your Institution

Blended learning is too important to the future of teaching and learning to leave it to ad hoc administrative fixes and individual preferences. This seminar will show you how to take a comprehensive three-dimensional approach that addresses strategy, structure, and support.

Online Seminar • Thursday, November 13th, 2014 • 1:00 pm Central

Writing Better Multiple-Choice Questions

Multiple-choice exams continue to be a staple of college classrooms. However, there is a troubling tendency of multiple-choice exams to lack complexity or engagement with the course material. After this seminar, you’ll be able to write better multiple-choice questions that test a wider range of course material at a higher level of critical thinking. You’ll also be able to achieve “proper construction” of multiple-choice exams to ensure that your questions are challenging, relevant, and fair.

Online Seminar • Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 • 1:00 pm Central

Recent Seminars


Outcomes-Based Assessment for Teaching & Learning Centers

Faculty development centers rarely operate under financial models that allow them to prove that they are cost-effective. It is therefore important that faculty support centers be able to measure and communicate the value of what they do, particularly in today’s budget climate. This seminar will give you a reliable framework for measuring tangible outcomes for your center and communicating these outcomes clearly to others.

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

Designing Online Learning to Spark Intrinsic Motivation

There’s a reason students are taking your course, and it goes beyond “to get a degree.” Help students rediscover their innate curiosity and interest in your course material by implementing strategies that get them to engage with the course, with their peers, and with you. This seminar will provide an overview of various approaches to online course and assignment design that you can use to increase student motivation in any content area.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Teaching Non-Traditional Students: An Asset-Based Approach

Instead of framing non-traditional students in terms of their deficits, this seminar will show you to focus instead on the strengths and assets they bring to the classroom as you capitalize on your strengths and address your weaknesses as an instructor. It’s a fundamental shift in perspective that will produce better results for your students and for you.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Policies, Practices for Supporting Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Nearly 70 percent of faculty members are not on the tenure track, yet most higher education policies and systems assume that they are. The result is a growing segment of your instructor base that lacks access to the resources it needs to perform effectively in the classroom. Led by Adrianna Kezar from the University of Southern California, this online seminar will enable you to put the systems and support structures in place so that all your faculty can access the resources they need to help students learn.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Getting Started with Classroom Assessment Techniques

Classroom assessment techniques (CATs) are proven strategies that instructors can use to determine whether and how well students are learning course material. Instructors can then use this just-in-time feedback to inform instruction and address any gaps in learning. This seminar will demonstrate a few common CATs, including the Minute Paper, the Misconception Check, the Background Knowledge Probe, and Teacher-Designed Feedback Forms.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Using Brief Interventions to Maximize Student Learning

Academic research is showing that you can create a more successful learning environment when you understand and apply the basics of cognitive theory. Much of the related scholarship has emerged in the past six years, and the applications to college and university teaching are just now making it into the classroom. In this seminar, you will learn the relevant principles of cognitive theory and learn how to apply them to your courses right away.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Online Learning that Lasts: How to Engage & Retain Students

Captivating courses that elicit students’ best work has less to do with course content and far more to do with course delivery. That’s good news for you: You can’t change the material you need to teach, but you can always change the way you teach it. And when you make the right changes, you’ll be able to hold students’ attention, increase course and program retention, and facilitate long-term learning that lasts far beyond the end of the term.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Giving Peer Feedback on Teaching: Trust, Reciprocity & Data

This seminar is a must for anyone who might be expected to evaluate peers on their teaching styles, materials, or even uses of technology. It will give you the tools you need to deliver the kind of feedback that your peers want to get—the kind that actually advances learning by peers and students alike and increases professional satisfaction while keeping collegial relationships intact or even making them stronger.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Competency-Based Education at Community Colleges

Higher costs, more nontraditional students, and a growing emphasis on workforce development are just some of the factors coming together to make Competency-Based Education a priority in higher education today. During this seminar, you’ll learn what competency-based education is, what it isn’t, and what processes are required to implement it at almost any institution.

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

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 • Recorded on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

State Authorization Update: New SARA Issues

SARA was developed to enhance quality, improve the resolution of student complaints, and simplify and streamline the state authorization process for distance education providers. In State Authorization Update: New SARA Issues, you will find out just where things stand with reciprocity, where they’re going, and what it means for you.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

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 • Recorded on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

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 • Recorded on Thursday, May 1st, 2014

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 • Recorded on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

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 • Recorded on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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