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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


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

Assessment Strategies for the Flipped Classroom

If you’re already flipping your courses or just starting to think about it, you have to consider how to assess student learning. Since flipping lessons results in different classroom activities, it takes different assessment approaches to measure the efficacy of these new instructional approaches. Learn how to effectively measure flipped learning in this online seminar led by Barbi Honeycutt, PhD.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Universal Design: Five Steps to Make Your Course Accessible

Course accessibility is about increasing learning for any and all students. It is about inclusion and equality. Ultimately, it is about student success. Participants of this seminar will not only learn about the value of universal design and the need to improve accessibility; but they will finish with actual tools and tactics they can employ immediately.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Efficient and Effective Feedback in the Online Classroom

Detailed, specific feedback enhances student learning. It also helps boost morale, promote engagement, and encourage faculty-student connection. Unfortunately, it often consumes an inordinate amount of faculty time. This seminar will introduce you to a set of tools and practices designed to help you create better feedback for your online students in far less time.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Creating Faculty Learning Communities: 16 Recommendations

Faculty Learning Communities go beyond the common faculty development opportunities. These small, multidisciplinary groups bring about important teaching and learning enhancements and can have a profound effect on the culture of an institution. In this seminar, Dr. Milton Cox provides clear and practical guidance on how to set up a successful Faculty Learning Community within your institution

Online Seminar • Recorded on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

A Model for Teaching Large Blended Classes

Blended courses, when executed skillfully, can create a better learning experience for students while also meeting the needs of the institution for scalability and academic rigor. This seminar goes beyond discussing theory and focuses on demonstrating how blending has worked in classroom settings, giving you the skills you need to adapt the blended learning model to your own courses.

Online Seminar • Recorded on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

How Recent Copyright Court Cases Affect Distance Education

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

Enhancing Teaching and Learning through Civic Engagement

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

Motivating Students: From Apathetic to Inspired

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

Blended Learning Toolkit: Design, Deliver, Assess

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

Gamification: Applying Game Principles to Your Teaching

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

Designing and Teaching a High-Impact Capstone Course

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

The Flipped Approach to a Learner-Centered Class

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