20 Minute Mentor Commons

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Through our membership in the OLC, faculty can access online workshops.

Apply for workshop registration and learn about other member benefits here.

Faculty and staff now have access to a new online professional development resource. The 20 Minute Mentor Commons is a growing library of video-based programs to help you address teaching opportunities and challenges. Each video is 20 minutes in length and is accompanied by PDF handouts and a transcript. 

Topics include: 

  • What are the three worst mistakes to make in the classroom?
  • How can I promote deep, lasting student learning?
  • How can I connect students' interests to course content?
  • How can I build community in my classroom? 
  • How do I create engaging threaded discussion questions?
  • How do I get more students to participate in class?
  • In blended courses, what should students do online?

This link is a document that lists all programs in 20-Minute Mentor Commons, sorted by category, with direct links to each one: 20-Minute Mentor Commons .

To activate your 20 Minute Mentor Commons subscription, contact us at ftlc@gvsu.edu and we will send you the GVSU activation code.

Quality Matters

Through our institutional membership, faculty have access to the Quality Members rubric, a set of eight research-based standards that can be used to guide online/hybrid course development. Currently, the Quality Matters rubric is used in the Foundations of Online/Hybrid Course Development and QM Teaching Circles.

Sampling of 20 Minute Mentor Commons Programs

Program Title

Category

How Do I Convert a F2F Course to a Hybrid Course?

Blended Learning

In Blended Courses, What Should Students Do Online?

Blended Learning

Should I Use ADDIE as a Design Map for My Blended Course?

Blended Learning

What Is Blended Learning?

Blended Learning

What Three Things Could I Do to Improve My Blended Course?

Blended Learning

How Can I Learn Student Names?

Classroom Management

How Do I Address Teasing and Bullying Behavior in the Classroom?

Classroom Management

How Do I Discuss Academic Integrity During the First Class?

Classroom Management

How Do I Stay Calm When Students Push My Buttons?

Classroom Management

How Should I Handle Pushy Parents?

Classroom Management

Is There a Solution to Students Multitasking in Class?

Classroom Management

Should I Take Attendance?

Classroom Management

What Do I Need to Know About Referring Students for Help?

Classroom Management

What Should I Do When a Student Challenges my Authority?

Classroom Management

What Should I Do When a Student Cheats?

Classroom Management

Is Your Syllabus Sending the Wrong Message?

Course Design

Can Service-Learning Work in My Discipline?

Course Design

How Can Backward Design Make My Courses More Accessible?

Course Design

How Can I Improve Lessons with a 4-step Plan?

Course Design

How Can I Incorporate a Group Poster Session into my Class?

Course Design

How Can I Make My Course Content More Accessible?

Course Design

How Can I Make the Activities in My Course More Inclusive?

Course Design

How Do I Design Courses to Enhance Student Veterans' Success?

Course Design

How Do I Develop a High-Impact Capstone Course?

Course Design

How Do I Get Started with Service-Learning?

Course Design

What Are Five Tips for Writing Effective Learning Outcomes?

Course Design

How Can I Be an Effective Mentor?

Faculty Development

How Can I Best Learn from My Mentor?

Faculty Development

How Can I Measure My Faculty Development Center’s Impact?

Faculty Development

How Can I Use Student Feedback to Improve My Teaching?

Faculty Development

How Do I Create a Successful Faculty Mentoring Program?

Faculty Development

How Do I Prepare a SoTL Article for Publication?

Faculty Development

What Can I Do about Feeling Tired, Stressed, and Burned Out?

Faculty Development

What Can I Learn From Student Ratings?

Faculty Development

How Can I Build a Successful Faculty Development Program?

Faculty Support

How Do I Motivate an Unmotivated Colleague?

Faculty Support

How Should I Coach an Underperforming Colleague?

Faculty Support

What Steps Can I Take to Foster a Collegial Department?

Faculty Support

How Can I Structure a Flipped Lesson?

Flipped Courses

What Are 5 FAQ's About Faculty Roles in the Flipped Class?

Flipped Courses

What Is Storyboarding and How Can It Help You Flip Your Class?

Flipped Courses

Where Can I Find Flippable Moments in My Classes?

Flipped Courses

Are Group Exams a Viable Testing Option?

Grading and Feedback

How Can I Create Meaningful Assignments for My Students?

Grading and Feedback

How Can I Make My Exams More about Learning, Less about Grades?

Grading and Feedback

How Can I Make My Exams More Accessible?

Grading and Feedback

How Can I Make My Multiple Choice Tests More Effective?

Grading and Feedback

How Can I Transform My Tests into Learning Tools?

Grading and Feedback

How Can I Use a Total Point System to Clarify Grading?

Grading and Feedback

How Can I Use Frequent Student Feedback to Improve My Courses?

Grading and Feedback

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

Grading and Feedback

How Can I Use Low-stakes Quizzing to Enhance Learning?

Grading and Feedback

How Can Rubrics Make Grading Easier and Faster?

Grading and Feedback

How Do I Give Feedback that Improves Student Writing?

Grading and Feedback

What Is the Best Way to Grade Participation?

Grading and Feedback

How Do I Use FLCs to Strengthen Institutional Assessment?

Institutional Assessment

How Should I Manage Conflict Within My Department?

Leadership Skills

How Can I Design Copyright-Compliant Courses?

Online Copyright Policy

Linking, Embedding & Streaming: What’s Legal? What’s Not?

Online Copyright Policy

What Does Copyright Ownership Mean to Me?

Online Copyright Policy

How Can I Get Started With the Virtual Classroom?

Online Course Design

How Do I Choose Between Synchronous & Asynchronous Activities?

Online Course Design

How Do I Set Students Up for Success in Online Courses?

Online Course Design

What Do Students Want in Online Courses?

Online Course Design

What Are the Communication 'Musts' in an Online Class?

Online Course Facilitation

How Can I Set Time Management Priorities in Online Teaching?

Online Course Management

How Should I Manage My Online Course?

Online Course Management

I’m Teaching Online Next Term. What Do I Have to Know?

Online Course Management

How Can I Use Technology to Create Custom Automated Feedback?

Online Grading and Feedback

How Can I Enhance the Impact of Feedback in Online Classes?

Online Grading and Feedback

How Can I Use Voice Feedback to Improve Student Learning?

Online Grading and Feedback

How Do I Create Engaging Threaded Discussion Questions?

Online Student Engagement

How Can I Better Manage Difficult Conversations with Faculty?

Personnel Issues

How Can I Help Student Veterans Transition to Campus?

Specific Student Populations

How Do I Accommodate Student Veterans with Disabilities?

Specific Student Populations

How Flexible Should I Be with Non-Traditional Students?

Specific Student Populations

What Do I Do If I Suspect a Student Has Asperger’s Disorder?

Specific Student Populations

What Learning Activities Help Student Veterans Succeed?

Specific Student Populations

How Can I Capture Students’ Interest in the First 5 Minutes?

Student Engagement

How Can I Connect Students’ Interests to Course Content?

Student Engagement

How Can I Enhance Class Using Story, Popular Media and Objects?

Student Engagement

How Can I Enhance Students’ Self-Regulated Learning Skills?

Student Engagement

How Can I Get Students to Take Responsibility for Their Own Learning?

Student Engagement

How Can I Improve My PowerPoint Presentation Skills?

Student Engagement

How Can I Reduce Student Apathy and Increase Motivation?

Student Engagement

How Can I Use Icebreakers to Connect with Students?

Student Engagement

How Can Objects and Analogies Improve my Teaching?

Student Engagement

How Do I Build Community in My Classroom?

Student Engagement

How Do I Create a Climate for Learning in My Classroom?

Student Engagement

How Do I Get More Students to Participate in Class?

Student Engagement

How Do I Get Students to Read Their Assignments Before Class?

Student Engagement

How Do I Include Introverts in Class Discussions?

Student Engagement

What Kinds of Questions Encourage Student Interaction?

Student Engagement

How Can I Give Negative Peer Feedback that Leads to Change?

Teaching Strategies

How Can I Help Students Develop Critical Thinking Skills?

Teaching Strategies

How Can I Minimize Cheating in the Classroom?

Teaching Strategies

How Can I Promote Deep Learning through Critical Reflection?

Teaching Strategies

How Can I Teach Critical Reflection in STEM Courses?

Teaching Strategies

How Can I Use Discussion to Facilitate Learning?

Teaching Strategies

How Do I Assign Students to Groups?

Teaching Strategies

How Should I Respond to Wrong (or Not Very Good) Answers?

Teaching Strategies

Is Team Teaching Right for Me?

Teaching Strategies

Learner-Centered Teaching - Where Should I Start?

Teaching Strategies

Should I Encourage Experiential Learning During Class? How?

Teaching Strategies

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

Teaching Strategies

What Can I Do to Increase Student Retention?

Teaching Strategies

What if a Student Asks a Question I Can't Answer?

Teaching Strategies

How Do I Use VoiceThread for Online Student Discussion?

Technology in Online Courses

Where Can I Find Free Tools for Holding Online Office Hours?

Technology in Online Courses

Can I Safely Send Group Text Messages to Students for Free?

Technology in the Classroom

Can I Safely Use Facebook with Students for Class Interaction?

Technology in the Classroom

How Can Document Sharing Tools Help Students Collaborate?

Technology in the Classroom

How Can Google Docs Help Foster Productive Collaboration?

Technology in the Classroom

How Can I Create Effective Mini-lectures?

Technology in the Classroom

How Can I Use Technology to Improve Learning?

Technology in the Classroom

How Can I Use Twitter to Improve Teaching and Learning?

Technology in the Classroom

What Works and What Doesn't When Teaching Large Classes?

Technology in the Classroom

Peer Reviews of Online Teaching: What Works Best?

Working with Online Faculty

How Can I Use Student Feedback to Improve My Teaching?

Grading and Feedback

How Can I Better Manage Difficult Conversations with Faculty?

Grading and Feedback

How Do I Get More Students to Participate in Class?

Grading and Feedback 

What Can I Learn From Student Ratings?

Grading and Feedback



Page last modified June 8, 2017