Magna White Papers

Our white papers provide a detailed examination on some of the most critical issues in higher education today, while providing you with practical strategies that you can implement in your classroom or on your campus. Quite frankly, they’re likely to become the go-to resource in your professional development library.


Efficient and Effective Feedback in the Online Classroom

Providing efficient and effective feedback begins long before the first task is assigned to students. Instructors need to prioritize and schedule their time and then take advantage of specific technologies and tactics outlined in this report. When they do, they will find that their feedback does more to advance student learning and improve course outcomes than they ever imagined it could.


How to Evaluate the Impact of Faculty Development Programs

Based on a seminar by Sue Hines, Ed.D., How to Evaluate the Impact of Faculty Development Programs offers practical procedural guidance on how to accurately measure the effectiveness of your existing faculty development programming. And if your results are less than what you hope for, this white paper also provides strategies to drive improvement.


New Fair Use Guidance for Online Educators

Potential legal risks to your college need not deter instructors from incorporating relevant and compelling resources into their online distance courses. Awareness of current copyright and fair use law enables instructors to teach confidently and effectively. This white paper interprets recent court cases and offers institutions a framework to use in making their own copyright determinations.


The Flipped Approach to a Learner-Centered Class

Flipping a class is more than recording a lecture, putting it online, and then slotting it in the syllabus. The course has to have the right incentive structure to ensure students prepare before class. Fortunately, there are some sound strategies that can help any instructor flip just about any lesson, and you can learn about them in this white paper.


Ten Strategies to Improve Blended Course Design

Blended instruction offers flexibility, accessibility, and a way to maximize the benefit of face-to-face interaction between instructor and student. However, a well-design blended course requires more than shifting components of a traditional course online. It takes deliberate and thoughtful planning and design. This whitepaper provides proven, practical advice for designing a blended course from the ground up.


Confronting Cheating: A Legal Primer and Tool Kit

Cheating strikes at the core of your school’s integrity. It creates an unethical environment among your students, and ultimately diminishes the quality and reputation of your institution. This 30-page white paper describes how syllabus statements, experience-based questions, and certain grading methods can deter cheating.


Building a Culture of Academic Integrity

The truth is most colleges and universities struggle with academic dishonesty. But the schools that have had the most success with remedying cheating are the ones that focus on transforming culture rather than changing behavior. Learn how with a copy of this white paper.


23 Practical Strategies to Help New Teachers Thrive

For the new college teacher, it is best to learn from those who have been there. In 23 Practical Strategies to Help New Teachers Thrive, you will learn the tips and techniques that have proven successful for experienced faculty, and explore how they can be used and adapted in your own classes.


How to Effectively Assess Online Learning

At first glance, evaluating students online may seem more difficult and time-consuming. Closer examination, however, reveals an exciting array of assessment possibilities that can actually improve learning while reducing faculty workloads.

Ten Ways to Engage Your Students on the First Day of Class

Discover what you need to know and do on the first day of any course so that you can maximize time spent on instruction and minimize time spent on classroom management. This white paper breaks down the first day into simple, discreet steps to set-up your classroom, establish routines, communicate expectations, and present course material.


Service-Learning Course Design: What Faculty Need to Know

Whether you are just getting started or are looking to make improvements to an existing service-learning course, let this white paper be your guide. It explains the rationale and provides the “how-to” details of designing and teaching a service-learning course — all provided by Barbara Jacoby, Ph.D., a nationally recognized expert in service-learning and author of three books on the topic


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