How Can I Extend My Research to the Public with a Podcast?

Educators want their academic research to reach as many people as possible, particularly educational practitioners. However, research findings are often published in various scholarly journals and are limited to people who subscribe to, look for or read scholarly research. A podcast is an excellent communication tool to promote your research among a lay audience who usually would not be exposed to it.

This 20-Minute Mentor offers the basic steps for starting your own educational podcast. Receive new ideas for starting a research-based podcast, including information about needed technology and practical ideas for overcoming problems. Learn why a podcast can be a new and exciting way to share research and how to start one in 10 practical steps.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

• Implement 10 steps to start a podcast, including defining the intended purpose, audience, and format

• Recognize the importance of naming and branding a podcast

• Grasp the basics of the recording and editing process

• Understand the distribution and marketing process


Password: podcast571


The Discussion Board and Beyond: How Can I Engage Students Online?

Monday, April 17−

Sunday, April 23, 2023

Uncovering practical, easy-to-implement ways for turning discussion boards into core teaching tools is just one part of this program!

This 20-Minute Mentor also explores other options for engagement online and outside of the online classroom. Drawing from the Universal Design for Learning, the program reveals options besides discussion boards that ignite online participation. Learn strategic ways for students to take more excellent initiative in dealing with the coursework and with their fellow students through group or individual activities. The presenter shares examples from her teaching to demonstrate how these ideas can work in an online classroom.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

  • • Identify challenges of the traditional discussion board
  • Assess features in an LMS for engagement potential.
  • Identify three options for student engagement that are appropriate for almost any class


Password: discussion742

What is the Best Citizenship Advice I have Ever Received?

  • April 10 to April 16

Balancing teaching, scholarship, and citizenship responsibilities is challenging for college professors. What can teachers do to fulfill their civic responsibilities? For faculty who want to refresh and reinvigorate their citizenship at their institutions, this 20-Minute Mentor shares citizenship advice gleaned from outstanding professors. Some of their suggestions may surprise you!

Upon completing this program, you’ll be able to: improve your citizenship service, reconsider what you might do to improve your effectiveness as a faculty citizen and recognize your obligation to your colleagues to be the very best citizen you can be.



What Are 7 Ways to Assess Students in an Ungraded Classroom?

Monday, February 27—

Sunday, March 5, 2023

Ungrading creates a pathway for learning through- out the semester based on performance, feedback, and demonstrated growth which is perfect for reward- ing competency and achievement from students. Al- though ungrading is gaining momentum in higher ed- ucation, many educators find it difficult to implement while maintaining rigor and high academic standards.

This 20-Minute Mentor provides seven assessment strategies for educators to use in classrooms of any size and classes of any type and still meet institutional requirements for grading. Gain practical assessment strategies on how to effectively evaluate student learn- ing while still maintaining the spirit of ungrading.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

• Comprehend how to manage a gradebook in an ungraded classroom

• Describe the binary approach to grading

• Implement a more feedback-based approach to grading

• Model the “I grade-you grade-we grade” process for exams

• Consider new ways to assess participation in a classroom

• Undertake a process for midterm and final grade conferences


Password: ungraded738

What is the Best Teaching Advice I Ever Received?

Monday, January 23—

Sunday, January 29, 2023

What things can teachers do to become more effective in the classroom?

For faculty who are interested in becoming a better teacher, this 20-Minute Mentor shares the best teaching advice collected from outstanding research professors. Some of their suggestions may be a surprise!

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

• Acquire motivation and helpful advice to improve your teaching

  • Consider new techniques to improve your effectiveness as a teacher
  • Recognize the obligation you have to your students to be the very best teacher you can be


Password: teaching812