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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.


Recent Seminars


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

Collegiality from a Positive Leadership Perspective

Campus leaders who want to promote collegiality within their departments need to adopt specific strategies. These include establishing a departmental code of conduct, using various assessment tools to establish criteria for collegial behavior and to measure it, and implementing ways to deal with noncollegial behavior. Join collegiality experts Robert Cipriano and Jeffrey Buller as they share, proactive strategies academic leaders can use to foster collegiality in their programs.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

10 Strategies for Enhancing Learning in Introductory Courses

Survey courses are among the most difficult college courses to teach effectively. Introducing mostly beginning students to unfamiliar content (and lots of it) can be daunting for even the most experienced faculty. This seminar will explore what gets in the way of student success in survey courses, and will show you how to help students understand three important things about your course: 1. What they should get out of it; 2. Why it’s important; and 3. How it can benefit them.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Applying Recent Copyright Court Decisions to Distance Ed

Fair use, transformative uses, and copyright compliance are important concepts to understand as you begin selecting materials for your online courses. This seminar will teach you to differentiate between materials that can and cannot be distributed legally for distance education purposes.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Thursday, October 17th, 2013

How the Brain Learns: Implications for Teaching and Learning

There’s much to be learned from the study of brain function that can have a profound impact on pedagogy. Recent neuroscience findings shed new light on the external and internal factors that affect acquiring, processing, and learning new knowledge. In this online seminar, two leaders in the field of metacognition will review what science now tells us about the learning process and share concrete classroom strategies and methods that are informed by that science.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Student Incivility: Strategies to Prevent and Respond to Conflict

Rude, hostile, and disruptive behaviors compromise the classroom climate; making it difficult for other students to learn and instructors to teach. Learn what you can do to create more supportive classrooms and defuse tension before it escalates, as well as how to handle those rare instances when even the best conflict mitigation tactics fail.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Six Steps to Preparing for Accreditation Review

The shifting landscape of higher education and changes in federal regulations cause the specifics of accreditation review to vary considerably among institutions. This seminar, led by former accreditation agency official Linda Suskie, will show you how to prepare your educational institute for a successful accreditation review.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Three New Distance Education Regulations: How to Comply

Although the Department of Education has issued many new regulations, this online seminar will focus on three that have the most serious implications for online programs: 1) credit hour, 2) student authentication, and 3) last day of attendance (LDA). Get help interpreting these latest regulations and minimizing their impact on your distance ed program.

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

State Authorization: A Solution in Sight?

Are we nearing the end of the state authorization challenge with the issuance of a major report and creation of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement? Well, maybe. But there is still work to be done, and there are real implications, right now and in the near future. This special two-hour seminar will guide your institution step-by-step through the latest stage in the development of the response to the state authorization challenge.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

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