Upcoming Live Online Seminars


Aligning Student and Faculty Perceptions of Rigor

There is value in exploring student and faculty perceptions about rigor and learning. The strategies in this seminar will help teachers expand students’ concept and definition of learning, get them thinking about how they learn, and promote self-directed learning.

September 27, 2017 • 1:00 pm Central • 60 Minutes • $247

Interpreting Rigor: Tools for Evaluating Faculty and Increasing Program Retention

Teachers and students measure “hard” courses by different yardsticks. Program leaders need to be aware of these different perspectives in order to identify and address gaps to foster student success, increase program retention and promote faculty development.

October 04, 2017 • 1:00 pm Central • 60 Minutes • $247

Seven Ways to Facilitate Effective Online Discussions

Gain a variety of strategies to create discussion board activities that your students find interesting and also strategies to effectively facilitate discussions and manage the workload related to reading and grading posts.

October 05, 2017 • 1:00 pm Central • 60 Minutes • $247

How to Create a Successful Graduate Teaching Assistant Training and Development Program

Too often, inexperienced graduate students are placed in the classroom with inadequate training or resources to teach effectively. This program will explain strategies for implementing a systematic plan for recruiting, training, evaluating, and delivering useful performance feedback to graduate teaching assistants.

October 12, 2017 • 1:00 pm Central • 60 Minutes • $247

Student Entitlement: Truth, Fiction, or Some of Both?

No doubt you’ve experienced students who expect academic success without taking personal responsibility for their learning. During this program, Maryellen Weimer will outline strategies for minimizing student entitlement and creating a classroom that fosters lifelong learning.

October 18, 2017 • 1:00 pm Central • 60 Minutes • $247

Facilitate Deep Learning and Student Engagement through Socratic Questioning

Acquire the knowledge and skills to implement Socratic questioning effectively thereby helping students become aware of gaps in their knowledge and thinking. The presenter will share examples of effective and ineffective Socratic questioning styles.

November 08, 2017 • 1:00 pm Central • 60 Minutes • $247

Editor’s Picks

Below you will find a few of our most recent, top-rated online seminars. They’re available on-demand, starting at $99. To see the complete library of archived seminars, visit Magna Publications.


How to Observe and Evaluate Online Teaching

When it comes to observing and evaluating the quality of online courses, you might feel as if you’re navigating uncharted waters—especially if you don’t have online teaching experience yourself. This program provides college administrators with clear processes and measurable criteria for making informed decisions. Learn More »


Learning Assessment Techniques: How to Integrate New Activities that Gauge What and How Well Students Learn

You can find a lot of courses these days on how to be a more effective teacher—but not so many on how to assess that effectiveness. During this seminar, you will learn active-learning techniques you can use to improve student learning and better assess and report the results. The handouts for this session include a comprehensive list of 50 learning assessment techniques that can be integrated into your teaching processes and allow you to achieve the results you need in a more efficient manner. Learn More »


Evidence-Based Teaching

Evidence-Based Teaching in Higher Education: Strategies to Improve Student Learning

What instructional methods are more likely to help students learn better and retain information longer? Listen in as Maryellen Weimer and Victor Benassi discuss what the “science of learning” has established about the way students learn. Learn More »


faculty and the law

Overcoming Implicit Bias in Higher Education: How to Recruit, Hire, Manage, and Retain a Diverse Team of Academic Faculty

Although your institution may embrace the goal of a more diverse faculty and staff, you likely face some serious challenges—both subtle and obvious—that can make it difficult to actually reach, and maintain, a diversity that more closely reflects your students and society at large. Get strategies you can use to recruit, hire, and sustain a more diverse department and institution. Learn More »


How much content is too much content?

Taming the Monster: Rethinking the Role of Content

The amount of content in your field grows with each year. So how do you decide what to keep and what to cut? This seminar will teach you innovative ways to think about the content that is critical for your students to learn and remember. You’ll explore the mission of content and how to use it to provide high-quality instruction. Learn More »


Outcomes-Based Assessment

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. Learn More »


Self-Regulated Learning

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. Learn More »


Team-based Learning

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. Learn More »


Designing & Teaching a Course with a Critical Thinking Focus

Designing & Teaching a Course with a Critical Thinking Focus

Critical thinking is a misunderstood skill set. Although educators agree on its importance, views remains split on what exactly critical thinking is, or how to effectively teach it to students. This seminar helps dispel much of the confusion surrounding critical thinking and gives you actionable strategies that you can use in your classroom to effectively teach and assess critical thinking. Learn More »