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20 Minute Mentors

20Min.png20-Minute Mentors are on-demand short videos designed to answer specific questions related to teaching and learning.  They deliver actionable insights in highly focused 20-minute presentations.  In cooperation with Auraria Library, the CFD has made these on-demand videos easily accessible to all faculty.  

If you are accessing the videos off campus you will need to sign into your CU Denver account.

DVDs of each of the 20-Minute Mentors are also available through Auraria Library.


 20-Minute Mentors


 How to Create a Transformative Learning Experience for Students by Managing Hot Moments and Difficult Discussions in the Classroom

As an educator, how you respond to heated moments in your classroom can make a big difference in maintaining a supportive environment for your students. A difficult discussion can be a teachable moment, or it can create a defensive climate that has a negative impact on your students’ learning experiences.Fortunately, there are techniques you can use to handle hot moments and difficult conversations. To find out what they are, watch How to Create a Transformative Learning Experience for Students by Managing Hot Moments and Difficult Discussions in the Classroom.


 "What Key Concepts Improve Student Learning and Memory?"

​This program presents five different memory-bosting strategies to incorporate into your teaching.  Learn how to use cueing, the testing effect, semantic encoding, peer teaching, and the spacing effect to help your student learn more course content, move to higher levels of learning, and recall information more easily on exams.


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


Adapting a course for the online learning environment doesn’t have to mean reinventing the wheel. In "How Do I Convert a F2F Course to a Hybrid Course?," Jill Schiefelbein shows you how to make the most of what you’re already doing and use technology to enhance student engagement and learning.​​


 "Where Can I Find Flippable Moments in My Class?"


Integrating flipping strategies into your classroom promotes student engagement, challenges students to address higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy, and increases student success and learning. Yet just because flipping works well does not mean that you should use it all the time. The key is to flip strategically. 

You can learn flipping strategies in "Where Can I Find Flippable Moments in My Classes?" The Mentor is taught by Barbi Honeycutt and Sarah Egan Warren, longtime advocates of and experts in flipping.



 "Assessment Strategies for Flipped Learning Experiences

This 20-minute Mentor aims to show educators in flipped learning classrooms the assessment options available and how to use them for the best results. Explore the challenges and opportunities common to assessing flipped learning classrooms—in particular, the "pre-formative" assessment for assessing learning prior to class time, formative assessment strategies during class time, and summative assessments appropriate for post-class time. Robert Talbert, an associate professor at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, leads an enlightening discussion of these key strategies. 


 "In Blended Courses, What Should Students Do Online?"

​Research shows that mixing online learning and classroom instruction results in better student performance than either delivery format independently.  Learn a framework for evaluating which course elements are best delivered face-to-face and which are best delivered online. ​​6

 "How Can Google Docs Help Foster Collaboration?

In just 20 minutes you will learn: (1) how to use Google Docs to create and share documents and presentations with students; (2) different techniques for monitoring group work using Google Docs; (3) effective strategies using technology to provide and resolve comments on students' work.

 "What Kinds of Questions Encourage Student Interaction?"

​You can learn the subtle things you can do to make your questions more powerful and your classroom interactions with students more fruitful in "What Kinds of Questions Encourage Student Interaction?," a Maga 20-Minute Mentor with Maryellen Weimer.8

 "How Can I Use Discussion to Facilitate Learning"

​Focused, energizing classroom discussions that involve everyone are what higher education instructors dream of.  Too bad they don't just happen.  But you can learn the careful planning and structuring it takes to make them happen.


 "How Can I Reduce Student Apathy and Increase Motivation?"

​If you want to learn proven strategies that get your students more engaged, you'll want to watch "How Can I Reduce Student Apathy and Increase Motivation?," a Magna 20-Minute Mentor with Bringham Young University Associate Professor Kenneth L. Alford and Assistant Professor Tyler Griffin.

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

​You don't have to compromise your expectations when you teach large classes, but you might need to alter your approach.  Learn ways to manage a large class and make it feel smaller, more intimate, and more manageable in just 20-minutes


 "Everybody Present: Mindfulness in the Classroom

​With so many easy interruptions to our concentration, it's no wonder that students can find it hard to follow a classroom discussion closely.  This seminar increases your awareness of the power of mindfulness techniques to enhance the teaching experience for you and the learning experience for your students.


 "How Can I Encourage a Growth Mindset"

The student who says “I don’t ‘get’ math” is approaching learning with a “fixed” mindset – believing that his or her competence is, and always will be, limited. A student with a “growth” mindset believes that with diligence and smart work habits, improvement is not only possible, but inevitable. The difference in mindset can make all the difference in performance.

An eye-opening video led by Stephanie Delaney, dean of extended learning at Seattle Central Community College, explains how you can make your students enthusiastic converts to a growth mindset.


 "How Can I Use Twitter to Improve Student Learning?"

​Discover how you can use Twitter as an educational tool.  Whether your're new to the world of hashtags and tweets or you feel like you at least know your way around a twitter handle, this program will provide you with practical techniques you can use to integrate social media into your classroom.


 Assessment Strategies for the Flipped Classroom

Instructors using flipped lessons must be careful to plan and structure the environment to support student learning.  It is critical to integrate and relate the learning outcomes, activities, and assessment strategies to ensure that pre-class work supports the in-class work.  One way to do that is to create an assessment plan layer by layer to ensure that day-to-day activities align with the overall goals of the course.


 "How Can I Create Effective Mini-Lectures?"

Active learning is the name of the game in higher education today, but no matter how much emphasis your curriculum places on engaging students, sometimes you still have to disseminate information. Learn how to deliver effective mini-lectures that resonate with your students in "How Can I Create Effective Mini-Lectures?," a Magna 20-Minute Mentor.​​



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