Magna Mentor Series & Newsletter

20 Minute Mentors Series

As a member of our campus community, TU faculty and staff now have free unlimited access to the Magna publications 20-minute mentor series and The Teaching Professor newsletter. The video series offers on-demand videos grounded in sound educational theory and provides solutions to common classroom and administrative challenges. Each session lasts for just 20 minutes!

Why Magna?

Faculty at any stage of their career can tailor their professional development needs using the Magna Campus series with topics such as developing students' critical-thinking skills; building high-performing blended courses; and improving student engagement; boosting student participation; managing classroom distractions; and creating a climate for learning.

Benefits of 20-Minute Mentor Series

  • Online and on-demand — access from any computer with an Internet connection
  • Targeted — fast, focused solutions that instructors can use everyday
  • Campus-wide — all faculty members can access all programs
  • Flexible — watch seminars at home, at work, in a group, on a tablet, or even on a phone
  • Accessible — transcripts included for each program
  • Student Resource — faculty can make the series available to their students Please email La Tonya Dyer () for additional information

Teaching Professor Newsletter

The Teaching Professor is a newsletter that that anticipates issues and addresses them as they are coming to the fore and also evaluates existing educational practices and tools to help you choose strategies most likely to work for your courses, your students, and your institution.

Some of the most popular topics include:

  • Classroom Management
  • Grading and Feedback
  • Course Design
  • Student Engagement
  • Flipped Courses
  • Technology in Online Courses
  • Blended Learning
  • Online Course Management

How to access Magna?

You can access the Magna Campus series through the OAI Teaching Resource Center Blackboard community. Please request access to the community by sending an email to . You will receive an email with instructions on how to access the series.

  1. Once given access log into Blackboard using your TU NetID
  2. From the community tab open the OAI Teaching Resource Center site
  3. On the left-hand menu click Magna Campus
  4. Click the Magna Campus link
  5. Click the Launch button
  6. Select either the 20-mintue Mentor Commons or the Teaching Professor Archive link

For Support

For concerns with creating a Magna account or resolve any technical issues, contact customer Service at 800-433-0499 between 9am and 5:30pm. 

For all other concerns contact the Office of Academic Innovation at 410-704-4723 between 8am and 5:00pm or .