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Curated MagnaPub Video Suggestions

RU CITEL has provided a curated, topical list of MagnaPub 20-Minute Mentor VideoSuggestions for professional development. This list encompasses a broad of current and popular topics encompassing: Classroom Management, Teaching Strategies, Engagement Strategies, Technology in Instruction, and Instructional Design.  

Each MagnaPub 20-Minute Mentor video also includes an instructional guide and additional resources. If you are interested in learning more about any of these topics, we are always available for consultations at CITEL: 

Dr. Conklin is available for consultations regarding Educational Technology, Online Couse Design, CITEL Grants, Canvas, and our QEP “Where in the World RU Going?” 

Mrs. Lydia Ellen Laucella is available for consultations regarding Instructional Design, FTF and Online Course Design, Innovative Pedagogies, and Canvas. 


Classroom Management. 
In this selection, learn about how to deal with difficult students and situations, how to manage multitasking students, and avoiding miscommunications in the classroom.  

Teaching Strategies. This selection outlines effective and innovative teaching strategies such as: promoting deep learning, increasing student engagement in online courses, advice on managing online workload, how to grade participation, how to manage academic stress, metacognitive strategies like post exam reviews, and how to leverage force multipliers in the classroom. 

Engagement Strategies. This selection outlines various engagement strategies such as: sparking conversations, gaming, and LMS conditional releases. 

Technology in Instruction This selection provides a brief look at different technology considerations, such as: how to use Virtual Reality in your courses, how to use technology to foster emotional learning, how to use screencasting as a feedback tool, and how to create podcasts.  

Instructional Design. This selection provides a brief synopsis of some instructional design approaches, such as: Universal Design for Learning and Backwards Design. In addition to innovations in course design, such as: Mastery Grading, Writing an Effective Syllabus, and Student Choice. 

Professional Development. This selected video ties well into RU's QEP and our focus on career readiness, exploring how to teach soft skills in order to prepare students for the workforce. 

How Do I Stay Calm When Students Push My Buttons? 

I think sometimes we all need this reminder when we have students that challenge us 😊! Let us remember how to stay calm. 


How Can I Resolve Difficult Situations in the Classroom? 

It is important to recognize the importance of setting a good tone for successful classroom management throughout the entire semester. This week’s video is geared toward recognizing microaggression and bullying (in and out of the classroom) that can be applied to both FTF and online courses.  


Is There a Solution to Students Multitasking in Class? 

We know students are mutlitasking in our classes, am I right? As we are moving towards being a digital campus with the incorporation of Canvas, this video is useful in that it offers some interesting suggestions to dealing with the ever- growing distraction of technology in our classes and some ways that we can encourage students to take ownership of their learning in the special place that is the classroom. 


How Can I Avoid Communication Misfires in the Classroom?  

This video discusses effective communication strategies that can boost motivation and create a positive atmosphere for learning with dealing with common problems such as, missed assignments, poor attendance, or late work. 


How Can I Create a Platform for Difficult Conversations in the Online Classroom?

More of us are teaching online or in some hybrid capacity. Sometimes the time arise to have difficult conversations but communicating online can be difficult, this video reminds us of keeping power dynamics in mind when having difficult conversations and provides tips on how to have these difficult conversations.


What Ethical Issues Lurk in My Grading Policy?

Have you graded your first assignments yet? Have you graded fairly and objectively? Here is a great video on helping you think through some ethical issues that might arise when grading that you might not have thought about.


What Are the Three Worst Mistakes to Make in the Classroom?

Are you making any of these big mistakes that interfere with learning?

  • Do you let content dictate instructional decision-making?
  • Do you make decisions about who can and can’t learn?
  • Do you assume that when it comes to learning about teaching, experience is the best teacher?

How Can I Promote Deep Learning through Critical Reflection? 

Do you think that your students don’t remember what they learn? Do you want to know how you can capture better learning experiences, so your course is more memorable? Take a look at this video!  

How Can I Increase Student Completion Rates in Online Learning? 

This video explores a design framework for increasing rigor and retention in online courses. The presenter discusses learning at high levels in an equitable way by improving student readiness, course design, and incorporating equity-based practices such as Time to Learn, Universal Design, and Quality Matters. This is a great video to consider now and later in the semester if you are planning/designing/redesigning online courses. 

How Can Online Instructors Manage Their Workload?  

This video offers advice on managing your workload in an online course. Suggestions include strategies for course preparation, managing discussion posts, and fielding student questions. 

What is the best way to grade participation?  

Wondering how to grade participation? This is a great video that discusses how we grapple with what participation is and what it looks like in the classroom. It also provides some suggested practices in grading participation.   

How Can You Help Online Students Be More Successful In Your Course? 

Putting your assumptions of teaching online courses aside, this video will walk you through what online learning looks like, will provides some tips for setting up a successful course, and provides additional suggestions in helping your online students become more successful.  

What Can I Do to Manage and Reduce Academic Job Stress?

A topic I think we can all relate to, this video outlines how to manage and reduce our academic job stress by offering practical solutions to managing classroom stress that you can easily incorporate into your teaching practices.  


How Can Post Exam Reviews Become a Powerful Teaching Strategy? 

Focusing on the development of metacognitive skills, this video explores how post exam reviews can be used to help students identify gaps in learning to promote growth in their learning.


How Can I Leverage Force Multipliers in the Classroom? 

Interested in learning more about force multipliers? This is an outstanding video that is for sure to give you some new and innovating ideas you can easily translate into your own teaching practices.  


More of us are teaching online or  insome hybrid capacity. Sometimes the time arise to have difficult conversations but communicating online can be difficult, this video reminds us of keeping power dynamics in mind when having difficult conversations and provides tips on how to have these difficult conversations. 


Have you graded your first assignments yet? Have you graded fairly and objectively? Here is a great video on helping you think through some ethical issues that might arise when grading that you might not have thought about.


As we plan our lessons, let’s keep in mind how frequent, low-stakes writing assignments can help to keep students engaged with content while promoting growth and resilence. Informal writing assignments (in any content) can encourage dialogue, increase confidence, and boost motivation.

*Remember: All of these suggested videos also have brief, helpful guides.


Do you want your students to be critical thinkers? Are you looking for ways to actively teach critical thinking to your students? Do you want to know the most effective way to teach critical thinking and the science of learning behind it? If so, this is the video for you!


What is Gamification and How Can it Promote a Growth Mindset?

Games to promote growth mindset? Really, Lydia? Yes! Check out this video to find out how!


How Can I Use Informal Writing as Part of a Low-stakes Grading Strategy?

As we plan our lessons, let’s keep in mind how frequent, low-stakes writing assignments can help to keep students engaged with content while promoting growth and resilence. Informal writing assignments (in any content) can encourage dialogue, increase confidence, and boost motivation.

*Remember: All of these suggested videos also have brief, helpful guides.

How Do I Create and Implement Micro lectures?

Need to capture your students’ attention quickly? Have you thought about micro lectures? Here is an overview of this video:  

Micro lecture Tips  

  • Keep it short  
  • Front-load content  
  • Include directives  
  • Use the best quality available  
  • Make it meaningful  

How Can I Increase Student Completion Rates in Online Learning? 

It is most certainly interesting to look at this video from the new perspective that we have gained from teaching online during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, much of what is discussed in this video holds true and is actually is even more important for us to consider now that we are (and probably will continue to be) teaching online long into the future. This video provides us with some good primers on the science of learning and provides a solid framework for us to follow to improve retention in our online courses.  This is a video you will want to come back to repeatedly when designing and redesigning your courses each semester.   

*Note: You will want to access the supplemental files in this video while you are watching it because it is lacking in visual aids.   

How Can I Spark Conversation in the Classroom? 

Want to learn how to spark conversation in the classroom? Running out of ideas in your seminar courses? Here are some interesting ideas that can be used in language courses and beyond! 

What Can Engagement in Games Teach Me About Engagement in My Courses? 

How can we apply gaming principles to course design to create more impactful and memorable courses? Gaming is not just for fun, but it is an actual, powerful, pedagogy.  

*Want to know more about gaming and how the big ideas from gaming can impact global understanding, which can be translated into the classroom? Check out this video. 

How Can I Use LMS Conditional Releases to Efficiently and Intentionally Engage My Students? 

This video on course design explores how you can leverage the LMS to create conditional releases of material. For instance, you can create an action-based release wherein students must follow certain steps to access content. Or you can create an achievement-based release, like Mastery Paths in Canvas, wherein students cannot access material until they have shown proficiency in a certain task. Although this video discusses LMS’ in general, it is a great video to get you thinking about how to use Canvas to scaffold and differentiate instruction in online and face-to-face courses. 

How Can I Gauge Online Learning Through Engaging Activities and Assignments?

Do you need some ideas for how to gauge online learning? This video provides you with some great activities and assignments that not only encourage engagement, but also help you assess how well you are teaching in your online courses.

What are the secrets to providing highly effective feedback to students?

Are you in the trenches of grading? This video reminds us to think like a coach when providing impactful feedback. 

Sneak peek:

  • How to maximize feedback
  • Three types of feedback: feed back, feed forward, feed up
  • How to provide immediate feedback
  • The importance of modeling as feedback

Expert v. novice learning

How Can I Guide Online Learning by Engaging with Students?

How can help our students engage with us, the content, and each other in our online classes? Let’s think about how we are teaching our online/ hybrid classes and what online teaching really should look like.

Sneak Peek:

  • How to use the conditional release feature strategically in the LMS
  • How to breakdown complex tasks and provide meaningful feedback on incremental pieces of the whole assignment
  • How to note and respond to cues that signal confusion
  • How to interact with students in discussion forums
  • How to provide discussion highlights for each module/ discussion topic


How Can I Cost-Effectively Use Virtual Reality to Enhance Instruction? 

Wanting to be an innovator and use Virtual Reality in your classes in your FTF or online classes? This is great video that demonstrates a time and cost effective to introduce this technology into your instruction!  


How Can I Use Technology to Foster the Emotional Processing of Course Content? 

This is a great video that will help us understand how students process what they are learning through emotional learning, which in turn, enables students to actually retain information! 


How Can Screencasted Feedback Enhance Student Comprehension? 

Modeling and feedback are an integral part of assessment and the learning process. This video outlines the benefits of providing guided, screen casted feedback for students in online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses. 


What Technology and Tools Do I Need to Create a Podcast for My Students?  

This video explains how a podcast is a great educational tool. In your classes and programs, it is a great tool for creating transparent teaching practices. This is a wonderful video that goes into detail about how to create a podcast, which platforms are good to use, and how to disseminate it! This video is worth a watch! If you are interested in conducting your own podcast, reach out to CITEL for more information!   

How Can I Gauge Online Learning Through Engaging Activities and Assignments? 

Do you need some ideas for how to gauge the effectiveness of your online teaching? Take a journey with me...or a potato sack... and check out this video. 

How Do I Create Questions that Stimulate Engaging conversations in Online Discussion Boards? 

Are you planning ahead for spring semester and are frustrated that your students are not engaging on the discussion boards like you want them to? Don't make the same mistakes twice by checking out this Magna Pub video. 

As a follow up to this video, check out this resource on Crafting Engaging Conversations: click here. 

What Are Three Proven Ways to Manage My Online Discussion Board and Actively Engage Students?  

This video discusses how to manage your discussion boards through modeling engagement, fostering community, and sharing your expertise.  

How Can Discussion Responses Give Narrative Shape to an Online Class?

This video discusses how we can frame discussion boards to weave a narrative in our courses that links our courses back to our course and institutional outcomes, help students extend connections, and paint a greater picture of how this course fit into the larger picture of the liberal arts education.  

Copyright Crash Course: How Can I Stay on the Right Side of the Law?

Are you unsure of copyright laws or need to brush up on this knowledge? Then, this is an important video for you to watch. But first here are some highlights:  

What is Copying?  

When you make a copy in a fixed format, this is when copyright law applies. This includes downloading a YouTube video and saving it on your computer.  

Fair Use  

Use this Fair Use Assessment to help you consider whether the copied material you are using falls under the Fair Use Act: 

  • Purpose- is it to be used for teaching, scholarship, or research?   
  • Amount- are you using a representative sample? Are you using only as much of the copy that you need in order to make your point and to fulfill your purpose? Can you say why you are using it?  
  • Nature of the work- if the material is more factual the stronger the case to copy more of it. If it is more creative in nature the weaker the case to copy more of it. Is it published already? If you are putting it out in a public way (including putting it on the Internet), you are depriving the owner the opportunity to make money from it.   
  • Economic Impact- What is the nature of the economic impact for using the work? Are you copying large amounts of a textbook, so students don’t have to buy it? That is not a strong case for fair use.   

If you have a strong case for all four components, then you have a good case for Fair Use.  

*You can copy and modify content to accommodate students with learning disabilities, but you must limit access to the copies that are made. It must be distributed only to the person with the documented disability.  

Creative Commons  

-Licenses and permission trump copyright law – copyright law applies only when another agreement is not in place. For instance, creative commons licenses:   

  • Attribution license- you can make a copy but must reference the source.   
  • Noncommercial license- make a copy but not if you are trying to do something commercial with it.  
  • No derivate works- make a copy but don’t change the format of the image or work.  
  • Share-Alike- make a copy but don’t include the copy in something that is more restrictive than its current license.  

Other suggestions  
-Be a good scholar and always provide attribution even under fair use, creative commons licenses, and when acting with permission.  

When Does It Not Apply?  

-No copy, no application of copyright laws. If you are linking to a video or website, or streaming through an embed code, this is not considered copying. You are simply pointing students to something that is already in the public domain. 

How Can I Make My Video Lectures Effective and Engaging?

Are your students not watching the videos that you have built into your courses? This Magna Pub video is a great follow up from Tammy Smith’s Appy Hour on Loom and Vizia from last week. This video discusses how to use videos to deliver content, clarify misunderstandings, and better connect with our students.  Some additional suggestions from this video are to front load the content in your videos, add quizzes and questions in the videos, and make your videos relevant, interesting, and efficient. 

How Can I Implement UDL in the Next 20 Minutes? 

What is UDL: Plus 1 Thinking
UDL creates unique pathways for all students based on their preferred method of learning
What it is not: UDL is not an accommodation.
Why UDL?: It reduces students’ questions and confusion and increases student persistence, retention and satisfaction.  

How to do UDL in 20 minutes: 

  1. Identify common questions or pinch points in your course.
  2. Identify common errors on tests and quizzes.
  3. Identify where students are looking for alternatives? And, offers choices in how they get that information from you.
  4. Identify single-stream course elements- something in your course that only allows one way to identify it, use it and consume it.  

E.x. for instance, text only lecture notes
UDL is all about options, convenience, and access based on the students’ ever-changing needs.
When you identify barriers, all you need to do is find one way to provide a choice about how to address those limitations. For specific tips and strategies, check out the video!


How Can I Implement UDL in the Next 20 Days?  

How can we keep students 

  1. Identify areas where students should be self-regulated. 
  2. Provide signposts to guide their learning. 
  3. Provide cliff hangers.  
  4. Find two paths.  
  5. Look for gaps and confusion points 
  6. Create anchor points 
  7. Create interest points. 


How Can I Implement UDL in the Next 20 Months? 

This MagnaPub video explores how UDL principles can extend beyond online courses and can be applied in all learning situations and is not just for accommodating students with disabilities.   It is a 3- part series!


Use Backwards Design to Drive Learning and Student Success? 

This is a great video on how to use backward design in a variety of different courses. 


How Do I Master Mastery Grading? 

This is a great video on course design about Backward Design and standards-based grading, which is a form of Mastery Grading. If you are looking into grading alternatives and grading without using points, this is the video for you! 


How Can I Write a Syllabus That Is Worth Reading?  

This video is helpful in providing suggestions on innovative ways to make a beautiful syllabus! One that students will want to read.   


How can I add choice to my course to give students autonomy and motivate deep learning?  

Let’s consider how choice can affect autonomy and motivation in the development of deep learning experiences.   


What Are 9 Practical Steps to Implement Mastery Learning?

Why should you consider implementing mastery learning in your Spring courses? Well, don’t take my word for it, watch the video! Ok, I will give you a hint... Thinking about mastery is thinking about the science of learning.

How Can I Teach Soft Skills to Better Prepare Students for the Workplace  

This video discusses the importance of developing soft skills by providing activities and examples that can be incorporated into regular class time to develop some of the soft skills that employers are looking for, such as teamwork. This is an important video in light of our QEP plan for professional development.  

How Can Disruptive Innovation Impact STEM Education?  

Have you heard of disruptive innovation? Yes, it is a buzzword, but in business theory it is an innovation that creates a new market and disrupts an existing one. Usually thought of in terms of products, this is a fascinating theory that can be leveraged to prepare STEM students for their future careers. This 20-mintue Magna Pub video explores how you can teach your STEM students to come up with simpler, cheaper, and more effective solutions to problems through disruptive innovation solutions. If you teach in the STEM fields, or even if you don't, this is one video you don’t want to miss!