Mentor Commons & Magna Commons

On-Demand Professional Development Sessions

Free To Baker College Employees

Free To Baker College Employees

20 Minute Mentor Commons is a library of online, on-demand faculty development programs, grounded in sound educational theory, that offer fast and focused solutions to common classroom challenges. These 20 minute sessions feature the top experts in higher education ready to answer your pressing questions whenever, and wherever, you need answers.

Magna Commons offers 40 to 90 minute seminars that address critical issues facing faculty and administrators today. These programs feature leading educators and consultants who deliver thought provoking, content-rich presentations. They're lively discussions that give viewers practical and actionable results.

Each 20 Minute Mentor Commons and Magna Commons session includes:

  • PowerPoint Handouts
  • Transcript
  • Supplemental Materials
  • Discussion Guide

How It Works

20 Minute Mentor Commons and Magna Commons are free to Baker College Employees. Follow the Directions below to create an account.

STEP ONE: Activate your group subscription access.

1. Go to

2. Enter information in each of the required fields. In the Authorization Code box, enter the group Authorization Code BAKER7tDH2 and click Submit.

STEP TWO: Access the group subscription.

1. Go to Enter your email address & password and click Submit. If you do not know or remember your account password, use “Forgot your password?” to reset it.

2. On the left side of the screen, under My Account, My Online Access, select Subscriptions. The online content you have access to will be listed to the right. Click the appropriate link to view the content.

Suggested Sessions for Fall 2015

Magna Commons

Managing Instructor Presence in the Online Classroom

Learn the essential steps to establishing your online presence in your online classroom. Intentionally and effectively establish your presence, beginning with course design and extending into day-to-day “classroom” interaction. Connect with your students even when you’re not in the room.

Five Ways to Improve Interaction in Your Online Courses

There are ways to effectively adapt your teaching content to the various communication channels available. No matter where you are at on the online teaching spectrum this seminar will supply you with the tools you need to take the next steps toward mastery and effectiveness. This seminar shows you specifically how to add your personality, and engage and interact with students.

Mentor Commons

How Can Google Docs Foster Productive Collaboration?

This presentation will show you how Google Docs can be one of the most effective teaching tools around. With Google Docs, you will be able to increase your student-to-student and student-to-faculty communication, deepen your students' connection to course content, and help them start learning the important skill of collaboration.

How Do I Create Engaging Threaded Discussion Questions?

A properly crafted question can engage students’ interest, foster ideas and contributions from other students, and in little time at all help transform what may have been an uninspired or “flat” classroom into a hotbed of learning in which the ideas and comments of one student are quickly built on by another.


For any questions, or to gain more information about using Magna Commons or Mentor Commons, contact your Instructional Effectiveness Specialist (IES), Dustin Saalman.