More Options for Pursuing Online Professional Development with Magna

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TCDC’s new subscription with Magna Publications gives you four avenues to pursue your professional development online:

  • Magna Monday Morning Mentors – every Monday, a 20-minute seminar is made available online and is accessible on-demand for two weeks.
  • 20-Minute Mentor Commons – The virtual library of all of Magna’s 20-minute mentor presentations. Currently 297 to choose from.
  • Magna Seminar Series – every other Tuesday, a new webinar is made available online and accessible on-demand for two weeks.
  • Magna Commons – The virtual library of all of Magna’s seminars! Currently offers 218 seminars on a wide array of topics for post-secondary instructors.

Got 20-minutes?

Feeling busy but want some tips to improve your teaching, then these options are for you.

  • Magna Monday Morning Mentors – Every Monday, a 20-minute seminar is made available online and accessible on-demand for two weeks. Sign-up via the TCDC iweb calendar to get the week’s log-in information. Upcoming topics include:
    • Feb. 22 — How Can I Optimize Announcements to Help Online Students Navigate My Class?
    • Mar. 1 — How Can I Guide Online Learning by Engaging with Students?
    • Mar. 9 — What Are 9 Practical Steps to Implement Mastery Learning?
    • See the full spring 2021 schedule here.
  • 20-Minute Mentor Commons – Magna’s virtual library gives you access to all the  20-minute mentor presentations. There are currently 297 presentations across faculty development topics such as Course Design, Teaching Strategies, Student Success, Inclusion, among several others. See the section below, How do I sign up?, for how to register.

Have a bit more time?

Magna seminars are usually around one-hour duration, delving into topics a bit more deeply than the mentor presentations.

  • Magna Seminar Series – Every other Tuesday, a new seminar is made available online and accessible on-demand for two weeks. Sign-up via the TCDC iweb calendar to get the log-in information. Upcoming topics include:
    • Feb. 23 — Backward Design: Aligning Outcomes to Activities and Assessments
    • Mar. 9 — Blended and Flipped Course Design: Tried and True Approaches
    • Mar. 23 — Harnessing the Power of Open Pedagogy and Open Syllabi to Promote Student Success
    • See the spring and fall 2021 schedule here.
  • Magna Commons – Magna’s virtual library gives you access to all seminars. There are currently 218 seminars on a wide array of topics for post-secondary instructors and staff.

How do I sign up?

The Langara community can access the Magna Commons & 20-Minute Mentor Commons anytime. Once you sign up for an account (contact us at TCDC@langara.ca for instructions) you will have unlimited access to all current videos, accompanying handouts, additional materials, and even certificates of completion.

For the Monday Morning Mentor and Magna Seminar Series, you need the specific link and password. Sign up for the sessions via TCDC’s iweb calendar by the Friday before. We’ll send you the link and password, which will give you access for that week (for the Monday Morning Mentor) or two weeks (for the seminars). If you miss the sign-up deadline, contact tcdc@langara.ca for the current week’s log-in information.

Please note: Access to the Magna programs is restricted to members of the subscribing institution (i.e., Langara College). Any unauthorized use or access, including sharing access with faculty and staff not affiliated with the subscribing institution, is prohibited.

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