University Teaching Center

Monday Morning Mentor Program

Monday Morning Mentor - Delivering fast, focused, high-quality training for faculty
every week of the academic year. 
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The Monday Morning Mentor program empowers faculty to start each week with a fast, dynamic and convenient professional development program that addresses some of today’s most important academic issues. The University Teaching Center is excited to provide faculty with this unique and efficient professional development opportunity.

Every Monday, faculty will receive an email with a link to a Monday Morning Mentor program. Each webinar is a focused, fact-filled, 20-minute on-demand video mentoring session and includes supplemental materials, the PowerPoint slides and transcript. The on-demand video will be available for viewing throughout the week, Monday morning through Sunday night. The supplemental materials and the PowerPoint slides can also be downloaded during this time.

After the on-demand webinar closes the following week, the PowerPoint slides and resource materials may be requested from the University Teaching Center. You may contact us by email or by calling 419.530.4508. Materials for all past events are available for your review.  

Monday Morning Mentor Schedule and Topics

The topics that will be presented during the current semester as well as those from prior semesters are listed below.

Watch your email every Monday morning for the link and sign-on instructions for the week’s webinar!

UT faculty members may request copies of the transcripts, PowerPoint presentations and supplemental materials from past topics by emailing

 SPRING, 2018


 January 29, 2018

 How Do I Create the Ideal Learning Environment for Modern Learners?

 February 5, 2018

 How Can I Teach Routine Courses with Energy and Enthusiasm?

 February 12, 2018

 How Can I Use Controversial Issues to Build Cognitive Skills in My Students?

 February 19, 2018

 How Can I Leverage Force Multipliers in the Classroom?

 February 26, 2018

 How Do I Create Social Presence in my Online Classes?

 March 5, 2018

 How Do I Effectively Review Online Courses and Programs for Quality?

 March 12, 2018

 How Can I Make My Multiple Choice Tests More Effective?

 March 19, 2018

 How Can I Be an Effective Mentor?

 March 26, 2018

 How Can I Engage Generation C?

 April 2, 2018

 How Can I Revitalize My Classroom with Workforce Development Concepts?

 April 9, 2018

 How Do I Earn Swift Trust in my Online Classes?

 April 16, 2018

 How Do Mini-lectures Improve Student Engagement?

 April 23, 2018

 How Can I Move my Teaching Forward at Midcareer?

 April 30, 2018

 How Can I Attract and Retain Adjunct Online Faculty?

 May 7, 2018

 How Can I Write Better Letters of Recommendation?

 May 14, 2018

 Copyright Crash Course: How Can I Stay on the Right Side of the Law?

UT faculty members may request copies of the transcripts, PowerPoint presentations and supplemental materials from past topics by emailing

 Fall, 2017


 September 4, 2017

 What are the Secrets to Providing Highly Effective Feedback to Students?

 September 11, 2017

 How Can I Lay the Groundwork for Positive Technology Change?

 September 18, 2017

 How Do I Design Innovative Assignments to Foster Learning in the Online Classroom?

 September 25, 2017

 How Can I Implement UDL in the Next 20 Minutes?

 October 2, 2017

 How Do I Create a Lively, Yet Functional, Online Classroom?

 October 9, 2017

 How Should I Manage Conflict Within My Department?

 October 16, 2017

 How Can I Build Momentum for Change with Short-term Wins?

 October 23, 2017

 What Are the Secrets to Making Highly Effective Educational Videos?

 October 30, 2017

 How Do I Align Learning Objectives with Technology Using Backward Design?

 November 6, 2017

 How Do I Overcome Faculty Barriers to Online Teaching?

 November 13, 2017

 How Can I Make My Exams More Accessible?

 November 27, 2017

 How Do I Establish an Engaging Atmosphere in My Online Classroom?

 December 4, 2017

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

 December 11, 2017

 What Do Adjunct Faculty Need to Be Successful in the Online Classroom?

UT faculty members may request copies of the transcripts, PowerPoint presentations and supplemental materials from past topics by emailing  When sending a request, please include the date(s) and topic(s) listed below.

 January 23, 2017

What Is the Role of Communication In Teaching Excellence?

 January 30, 2017

How Can I Keep Students Engaged With Online Instructor Presence?

 February 6, 2017

Is There a Solution to Students Multitasking in Class?

 February 13, 2017

What Do Adjunct Faculty Need to Be Successful in the Online Classroom?

 February 20, 2017

How Do I Create and Implement Microlectures?

 February 27, 2017

How Can I Align Technology with My Pedagogical Goals?

 March 6, 2017

How Can I Assess Critical Thinking with Student-Created Work?

 March 20, 2017

How Can Grading Policies Influence Student Learning?

 March 27, 2017

How Can I Evaluate Online Teaching If I Haven’t Taught Online?

 April 3, 2017

How Can I Design Copyright-Compliant Courses?

 April 10, 2017

How Can I Get Useful Feedback to Improve My Online Teaching?

 April 17, 2017

How Do I Monitor and Support Online Faculty?

 April 24, 2017

How Do I Adapt an Online Faculty Peer Review Tool?

 May 1, 2017

How Can I Identify and Overcome Obstacles to Change?

 May 8, 2017

How Can Student Learning Begin Before the First Day of Class?


 October 3, 2016

How Can I Design Critical Thinking Into My Courses?

 October 10, 2016

How Can I Use Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATS's) Online?

 October 17, 2016

How Can Course Design Help Prevent Online Cheating?

 October 24, 2016

How Can I Assess Critical Thinking with Objective Items?

 October 31, 2016

Beyond the Discussion Board: How Can I Engage Online Students?

 November 7, 2016

How Can I Make Online Group Projects More Effective?

 November 14, 2016

What Ethical Issues Lurk in My Grading Policy?

 November 21, 2016

What Activities and Assignments Promote Critical Thinking?

 November 28, 2016

How Can I Design Academic Integrity into My Online Programs?

 December 5, 2016

How Can I Use Peer Monitoring to Improve Online Teaching?

 January 25, 2016

How Do Master Teachers Create a Positive Classroom?

 February 1, 2016

How Do I Assign Students to Groups?

 February 8, 2016

How Do I Get Students to Come to Class Prepared?

 February 15, 2016

What Key Concepts Improve Student Learning and Memory?

 February 22, 2016

How Do I Create Engaging Threaded Discussion Questions?

 February 29, 2016

How Can I Effectively Use Class Preparation Assignments?

 March 7, 2016

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

 March 14, 2016

How Do I Build Community in My Classroom?

 March 21, 2016

How Do I Give Feedback that Improves Student Writing?

March 28, 2016

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

 April 4, 2016

How Do I Prepare a SoTL Article for Publication?

 April 11, 2016

What Key Factors Influence Test Performance?

 April 18, 2016

How Do Prepared Students Change the Way I Teach?

 April 25, 2016

Is Your Syllabus Sending the Wrong Message?

Aug. 24, 2015

How Do I Use VoiceThread for Online Student Discussions?

Aug. 31, 2015

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

Sept. 7, 2015

What Should I Do When a Student Cheats?

Sept. 14, 2015

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

Sept. 21, 2015

What is the Best Way to Grade Participation?

Sept. 28, 2015

How Can I Use Technology to Improve Learning?

Oct. 5, 2015

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

Oct. 12, 2015

Can Service-Learning Work in My Discipline?

Oct. 19, 2015

What Can I Learn From Student Ratings?

Oct. 26, 2015

How Can I Reduce Apathy and Increase Motivation?

Nov. 2, 2015

How Do I Get Started with Service-Learning?

Nov. 9, 2015

How Can I Connect Students' Interests to Course Content?

Nov. 16, 2015

How Can I Better Manage Difficult Conversations with Faculty?

Nov. 23, 2015

How Can I Build a Successful Faculty Development Program?

Nov. 30, 2015

In Blended Courses, What Should Students Do Online?

Dec. 7, 2015

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

March 2, 2015

How Do I Develop a High-Impact Capstone Course?

March 9, 2015

How Can I Use Twitter to Improve Teaching and Learning?

March 16, 2015

Are Group Exams a Viable Testing Option?

March 23, 2015

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

March 30, 2015

How Can I Help Students Develop Critical Thinking Skills?

April 6, 2015

How Can I Use Student Feedback to Improve My Teaching?

April 13, 2015

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

April 20, 2015

What Should I Do When a Student Challenges My Authority?

April 27, 2015

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

May 4, 2015

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

May 11, 2015

How Can Google Docs Help Foster Productive Collaboration?

Last Updated: 1/2/18