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.
Distance learning continues to transform academia and copyright law is one of the few higher ed issues that’s evolving just as quickly. Through review of best practices in fair use, including distribution of course material and assignment design, this seminar shows you how to establish and implement policies to assure copyright compliance.
Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
Civic engagement is educationally effective because students who actively apply their knowledge to real-world situations learn more academic content while also developing higher-order skills. In addition, civic engagement increases students’ interpersonal effectiveness, their ability to collaborate across diverse perspectives, and their sense of self-efficacy to make a positive difference in the world. This seminar will teach you how to make it work in your courses, regardless of the discipline you teach.
Online Seminar • Recorded on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
The college classroom has become a legal minefield. Even well-intentioned and highly ethical instructors can unwittingly expose themselves to legal liability when they follow outdated policies or fail to stay apprised of changing laws, rules, and regulations. This seminar will provide you with a working knowledge of the most relevant laws pertaining to higher education today.
Online Seminar • Recorded on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
Modern learners have a different mind-set about education, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want to learn. They just go about it differently. During this seminar, you will learn the small changes you can make to your course design and instructional methodology to better engage students and foster accountability.
Online Seminar • Recorded on Thursday, March 28th, 2013
This seminar will provide you with greater confidence in making the move to blended learning classroom, as well as a clear understanding of the right way to approach it, the best practices for content delivery, and the most meaningful methods of assessment and improvement.
Online Seminar • Recorded on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
The principles that underpin successful games (display progress, maximize competition, calibrate difficulty carefully, provide diversions and employ narrative elements) can be used to transform student learning. You can use these principles in all types of classes to create an educational experience that puts students on a path to mastery.
Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
All kinds of institutions, from technical schools to public land-grant universities, are using capstone courses to give students the opportunity to synthesize and integrate everything they’ve learned. Students love the real-world, disciplinary, and interdisciplinary challenges, while academic institutions benefit from this overwhelmingly positive final educational experience. This seminar will teach you how to develop and incorporate capstone courses into your programs.
Online Seminar • Recorded on Thursday, February 28th, 2013
Moving from a lecture-based class to a flipped class requires a new set of skills. You can have the most creative assignments, the latest technology, and the most organized plan, but unless you have the skills to implement that plan, the flipped learning environment fails. This seminar will help you create a successful flipped experience for you and your students.
Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
How do we find time to teach students how to think when there is so much content they need to learn? The secret lies in backward design. Backward design is a powerful way to help you clarify your learning goals, bring your assignments and exams into alignment with these goals, and better use classroom activities to cultivate the student learning that you value most.
Online Seminar • Recorded on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
In order to realize the full potential of a blended course, a professor needs to understand how to maximize the benefits of both online and face-to-face teaching environments. In this seminar, Drs. Kelvin Thompson and Susan Wegmann share the newest, research-based techniques for improving blended courses.
Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
Lectures are still a valuable pedagogical tool, but sometimes lectures are more effective when you use them a little less often and intersperse them with some other tools and techniques. Even slightly shifting the balance of classes can lead to better outcomes for students and, ultimately, better evaluations for you.
audio Online Seminar • Recorded on Thursday, December 13th, 2012
Digital storytelling is a powerful learning experience for students. This seminar uses examples to demonstrate the essential elements of teaching digital storytelling and how it can be applied to different fields. Your presenter will show you the steps for developing and implementing a digital storytelling lesson plan, as well as how to assess the outcomes of student storytelling.
audio Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
If you think brain science isn’t part of your teaching job description, think again. Teachers deal with the neurochemistry behind student learning processes whether they want to or not. In this interactive presentation participants will gain basic knowledge of brain function with respect to learning. They will see how current teaching strategies address some of the neuroanatomical processes and how fundamental knowledge of brain structure can improve teaching strategies.
audio Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
This 60-minute seminar will not only tell you what today’s students believe are the most essential qualities for effective teaching, but it will also prepare you to make simple and sometimes subtle changes to incorporate or develop practices and traits that resonate with students. The result? Improved academic outcomes and better course evaluations.
audio Online Seminar • Recorded on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
Accidental discrimination, incorrect processes and legal retaliation can cause administrators to feel as much pressure as the faculty member up for evaluation. Learn what you can and cannot do during faculty evaluations, what the consequences may be following a negative evaluation and what academic freedom really means.
audio Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
Issues such as time and workload management, quality assurance, and the need for new skills and competencies remain real or perceived barriers for faculty who are new to teaching online. Join Lawrence Ragan of Penn State’s World Campus as he shares his observations, stories, and insights regarding where faculty struggle in the online classroom, and what can be done to help.
video Online Seminar • Recorded on Thursday, November 8th, 2012
Teaching is a knowledge business – but it’s also a relationship business. To teach students, you have to reach them. That can be a big challenge in the online classroom. So how do you project yourself, and develop the teacher-student connections that facilitate learning? Dr. Lawrence Ragan and Dr. Kimberly Eke, two of the most respected figures in distance learning, will share strategies for doing just that.
video Online Seminar • Recorded on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
Designed appropriately, cooperative learning assignments can actually turn group work—what was once a frustrating exercise for instructors and students alike—into a powerful way to reinforce course concepts and promote understanding. Let Barbara Millis, director of the Teaching and Learning Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio, show you how.
audio Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
If you’re teaching online, you’ve likely confronted the reality that most opportunities to improve the learning experience for your students just don’t fit your budget. Fortunately, with a little digging, you’ll find there are a number of free tools that will help you increase student engagement, improve outcomes, and make the online classroom experience a more robust and satisfying one for you and your students.
audio Online Seminar • Recorded on Thursday, October 25th, 2012
Conventional pedagogy views experiential learning as taking place primarily outside the classroom. However, experiential learning works effectively inside the classroom as well. It enables faculty members to pose problems, increase student engagement, and facilitate learning. This seminar will show you how to integrate experiential learning into your classroom regardless of discipline.