University Teaching Center

Monday Morning Mentor Program

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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.

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

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!

Monday Morning Mentor Schedule and Topics

Click here to request presentations and supplemental materials from past topics

Fall, 2020


Aug. 24, 2020   How Can I Add Choice to My Course to Give Students Autonomy and Motivate Deep Learning?
Aug. 31, 2020 How Can We Support Home-Schooled Students as They Transition to College?
Sept. 7, 2020 How Can I Help Online Students Develop Autonomy and Take More Responsibility for Their Learning?
Sept. 14, 2020 Why Should I Migrate from Traditional Resources to OER in My Courses?
Sept. 21, 2020 How Can I Get Students to Engage with Course Content Before Class?
Sept. 28, 2020 How Can I Use LMS Intelligent Agents to Increase Interaction in My Online Classes?
Oct. 5, 2020 How Can I Use Simple Gamification Strategies to Engage My Students?
 Oct. 12, 2020 How Can Screencasted Feedback Enhance Student Comprehension?
Oct. 19, 2020   How Can I Use Technology to Foster the Emotional Processing of Course Content?
Oct. 26, 2020   How Do I Go Beyond the Basics of Universal Design for Learning?
Nov. 2, 2020   How Do I Build Trust with a Personal Users’ Guide?
Nov. 9, 2020  How Do I Infuse Equity into Any Online Class?
Nov. 16, 2020  What are 3 Keys to Teaching Intercultural Competence?
Nov. 23, 2020  How Can I Build Engagement in My Online Classes through Student-Created Videos?
Nov. 30, 2020  What is the Best Scholarship Advice I Ever Received?
Dec. 7, 2020   How Can I Repurpose My Content into Videos that Get Viewed (and Shared)?

SPRING, 2020


January 27, 2020 What Is the Best Teaching Advice I Ever Received?
February 3, 2020 How Can Online Instructors Better Manage Their Workload?
February 10, 2020 How Can I Cost-Effectively Use Virtual Reality to Enhance Instruction?
February 17, 2020 How Can Media Richness Theory and Social Presence Theory Improve My Instruction?
February 24, 2020 What Technology and Tools Do I Need to Create a Podcast for My Students?
March 2, 2020 How Can Change Management Principles Help New Educational Programs Succeed?
March 9, 2020 How Can I Become a Better Online Instructor?
March 16, 2020 How Can I Write a Course Syllabus That’s Worth Reading?
March 23, 2020 What Teaching Strategies Help Engage All Learners Online?
March 30, 2020 How Do I Master Mastery Grading?
April 6, 2020 How Can I Spark Conversation in the Classroom?
April 13, 2020 How Do I Lead Change from the Middle?
April 20, 2020 How Can Universities Empower Adult Learners?
April 27, 2020 How Can I Be My Own Instructional Designer?
May 4, 2020 How Can Post-Exam Reviews Become a Powerful Teaching Strategy?
May 11, 2020 How Can I Use LMS Conditional Releases to Efficiently and Intentionally Engage My Students?

Click here to request presentations and supplemental materials from past topics

Fall, 2019


 August 26, 2019

How Do I Create a Class that Supports First-year Students?

 September 2, 2019

Beyond Syllabus Policies: What Strategies Help Students Take Responsibility for Learning?

 September 9, 2019

How Do I Set Students up for Success in Online Courses?

 September 16, 2019

How Can I Encourage the Growth Mindset with Three Simple Tips?

 September 23, 2019

How Can I Increase Student Completion Rates in Online Learning?

 September 30, 2019

How Can I Use Microactivities to Engage Students and Improve Learning and Retention?

 October 7, 2019

How Can I Build Community with My Online Faculty?

 October 14, 2019

What Culturally Responsive Teaching Techniques Can I Use to Improve Learning?

 October 21, 2019

How Can I Create a Platform for Difficult Conversations in the Online Classroom?

 October 28, 2019

How Can I Manage the Disconnect Between Faculty and Student Perceptions of Rigor to Increase Learning?

 November 4, 2019

How Can I Ensure Academic Honesty in My Online Assessments?

 November 11, 2019

What Can Engagement in Games Teach Me About Engagement in My Courses?

 November 18, 2019

How Can I Create an Effective Syllabus for My Online Class?

 November 25, 2019

How Do I Design Effective Combinations of Gamified Elements to Encourage Deeper Learning?

 December 2, 2019

How Does Consistency Improve Quality in Online Courses and Programs?

 December 9, 2019

How Can I Teach Soft Skills to Better Prepare Students for the Workplace?

Click here to request presentations and supplemental materials from past topics

Spring, 2019


January 28, 2019

What Can I Do to Manage and Reduce Academic Job Stress?

February 4, 2019

What Behavioral Changes Can I Make to Inspire Enthusiasm in My Classroom?

February 11, 2019

What Brain-Based Techniques Can I Use to Engage Students During Class?

February 18, 2019

How Can I Effectively Supervise Teaching and Research Assistants?

February 25, 2019

What are 10 Tips to Collaborate with Colleagues?

March 4, 2019

Why is Intercultural Competence Important and How Can it Improve my Teaching?

March 11, 2019

What are Five Methods that Help Students Become More Effective Learners?

March 18, 2019

How Can Improving Student Feedback Improve the Quality of Each Educational Encounter?

March 25, 2019

How Can I Leverage Force Multipliers in the Classroom?

April 1, 2019

How Do I Promote Civil and Thoughtful Engagement in the Classroom?

April 8, 2019

How Can I Most Effectively Fulfill My Citizenship Requirements?

April 15, 2019

What 5 Play-based Activities Can I Use to Create an Active, Learning-centered Class?

April 22, 2019

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

April 29, 2019

Why Should I Migrate from Traditional Resources to OER in My Courses?

May 6, 2019

How Can Preparing to Teach Online Improve My Face-to-face Teaching?

May 13, 2019

How Can I Plan (or Revise) My Courses More Efficiently?

Fall, 2018

September 3, 2018

How Can I Promote Enrollment and Retention in Challenging Courses that Motivate Instead of Frustrate? 

September 10, 2018

What are Five Tips for Creating Videos that Promote Knowledge and Expand My Reach?

September 17, 2018

How Will OER Benefit the 21st Century Student?

September 24, 2018

How Can Livestreaming Bring New Life to My Teaching?

October 1, 2018

What is Gamification and How Can it Promote a Growth Mindset?

October 8, 2018

How Can the Three C's of Course Design Enhance Students' Online Performance?

October 15, 2018

How Can I Use Simple Gamification Strategies to Engage my Students?

October 22, 2018

How Can I Get Students to Engage with Course Content Before Class?

October 29, 2018

How Can I Resolve Difficult Situations in the Classroom?

November 5, 2018

How Should I Manage My Online Course?

November 12, 2018

How Can I Engage the Emotions of My Students to Maximize Learning?

November 19, 2018

How Can I Gain Valuable Insight from Course Evaluations?

November 26, 2018

How Can I Encourage Students to Stay Connected with Course Content After Class?

December 3, 2018

How Can Talking through Course Evaluations Improve my Teaching?

December 10, 2018

How Can Promoting Academic Integrity Improve Learning Outcomes for Students?

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?

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?

Spring, 2017

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?

Fall, 2016

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?

Spring, 2016

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?

Fall, 2015

August 24, 2015

How Do I Use VoiceThread for Online Student Discussions?

August 31, 2015

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

September 7, 2015

What Should I Do When a Student Cheats?

September 14, 2015

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

September 21, 2015

What is the Best Way to Grade Participation?

September 28, 2015

How Can I Use Technology to Improve Learning?

October 5, 2015

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

October 12, 2015

Can Service-Learning Work in My Discipline?

October 19, 2015

What Can I Learn From Student Ratings?

October 26, 2015

How Can I Reduce Apathy and Increase Motivation?

November 2, 2015

How Do I Get Started with Service-Learning?

November 9, 2015

How Can I Connect Students' Interests to Course Content?

November 16, 2015

How Can I Better Manage Difficult Conversations with Faculty?

November 23, 2015

How Can I Build a Successful Faculty Development Program?

November 30, 2015

In Blended Courses, What Should Students Do Online?

December 7, 2015

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

Spring, 2015

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: 8/27/20