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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.


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 • Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 • 12:00 pm Central

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 • Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 • 12:00 pm Central

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 • Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 • 1:00 pm Central

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 • Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 • 1:00 pm Central

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 • Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 • 1:00 pm Central

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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

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

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