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MidWeek Mentor

The Office of Academic Innovation and Effectiveness invites you to an EXCITING and INFORMATIVE series of Faculty Development sessions called the MIDWEEK MENTOR!!

These useful webinar sessions and blog entries will offer information on handling some of the issues important to faculty and staff.


The MIDWEEK MENTOR will be held WEDNESDAYS from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Provost’s Conference Room (unless otherwise noted).

During MIDWEEK MENTOR we watch a Magna 20-Minute-Mentor video. The compact format is designed for busy schedules, the programs deliver focused, fact-filled examinations of issues important to faculty and staff.

(If you cannot make it to any meeting, you can find the video and materials for the meeting online on our "On-Demand" page, here.)

Please RSVP for individual sessions by clicking the links in the topic schedule below.


A bi-weekly blog serves as a companion to the MidWeek Mentor videos. Blog links will become active as the entries are published.

A full list of MidWeek Mentor blog entries is available here.




[Blog] Top 5 Lessons I've Learned Teaching Online Classes  

Date: January 5

Written By: Sarah VanSlette (Applied Communication Studies)

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How Can I Help Students Develop Critical Thinking Skills?

Date: January 21

Time: 12:00- 1:00

Facilitated By: Emily Keener (ITS IDLT)




[Blog] Top 10 Innovative Pedagogies for 2015

Date: January 28

Written By: Wayne Nelson (ITS IDLT)

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What Kinds of Questions Encourage Student Interaction?

Date: February 4

Time: 12:00- 1:00

Facilitated By: Cathy Santanello





Date: February 11

Written By: Cathy Santanello

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How Can I Use Twitter to Improve Teaching and Learning?

Date: February 18

Time: 12:00- 1:00

Facilitated By: Mark Poepsel (Mass Communications) & Jennifer Albat (ITS IDLT)

[Prezi] Using Twitter to Improve Teaching and Learning

Written By: 

Mark Poepsel (Mass Communications)

Jennifer Albat (ITS IDLT)

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[Blog] Free Tools for Education

Date: February 25

Written By: Jennifer Albat (ITS IDLT)

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Is There a Solution to Student Multitasking in Class?

Date: March 4

Time: 12:00- 1:00

Facilitated By: Dan Segrist (Psychology)




[Blog]  Student Multitasking in Class

Date: March 18

Written By: Lynn Bartels (Faculty Development)

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[Blog] Teaching Online

Date: March 25

Written By: Sarah VanSlette (Applied Communication Studies)


How Can I Structure a Flipped Lesson?

Date: April 1

Time: 12:00- 1:00

Facilitated By: Laura Million (ITS IDLT) & Faith Liebl (Biology)




How Can I Teach Unprepared Students?

Date: April 8

Time: 12:00- 1:00

Facilitated By: Bryan Duckham




[Blog]  Teaching Unprepared Students

Date: April 15

Written By: Bryan Duckham

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

Date: April 22

Time: 12:00- 1:00

Facilitated By: Wayne Nelson & Matt Schmitz (ITS IDLT)






[Blog] Alternate Ways of Demonstrating Student Learning  

Date: April 29

Written By: ITS IDLT & faculty guests

Coming Soon!



How Do I Prepare a SoTL Publication?

Date: May 13

Time: 12:00- 1:00

Facilitated By: Stephen Marlette





[Blog]  SoTL

Date: May 20

Written By: Lynn Bartels (Faculty Development)

Coming Soon! 




[Blog] Open Educational Resources (OER)  

Date: May 27

Written By: Sarah VanSlette (Applied Communication Studies)

Coming Soon!

For more information, please contact

Dr. Lynn Bartels at

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