20 Minute Mentor Videos

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

In this 20-minute video, you will learn to:

  • Discuss the key pedagogical reasons for giving exams
  • Identify common problems with review sessions
  • Describe three clear steps for revamping review sessions
  • Revise your exams to measure learning and reflect challenges common in professional life
  • Revamp your post-exam debriefing sessions to increase student engagement and learning

How Do I Assign Students to Groups?

In this 20-minute video, you will learn:

  • The benefits of group work for learning course materials.
  • How to differentiate between formal and informal groups.
  • How to follow a decision tree to decide on group composition, number of group members, and group grading policies.

How Do I Get More Students to Participate in Class?

In this 20-minute video, you will learn to:

  • Better encourage students who rarely participate to speak more often.
  • Provide other participation opportunities, such as brief written exercises or small group discussion, to help generate contributions.
  • Move beyond seeing reluctant participators as a problem.
  • Limit the participation of student who speaks too often.
  • Find something positive to say about a first-time contribution.

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

In this 20-minute video, you will learn to :

  • Motivate students constructively to come to class prepared.
  • Create and adopt consequences for students who come to class unprepared.
  • Convey to students the value of having read the assigned text.
  • Communicate to students that they are responsible for reading the assigned material.

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