Teaching & Learning Resources



Peer Review of Faculty Teaching

As you may recall, Fall 2013 the Teaching and Learning Advisory Council (TLAC) offered to provide a TLAC member to visit your classroom and provide a peer review of your teaching. We would like to continue this service. Please email TLAC@nmu.edu with the date, time, and location of the class that you would like a reviewer to visit. All reviewers are confidential and faculty determine how to use the feedback. The feedback could serve as backup material in your annual evaluation or simply serve as constructive feedback to improve instruction.  

If you have any further questions, please contact TLAC@nmu.edu


Accessing Magna Publications (NMU Group Subscription)

"The Online Classroom" and "The Teaching Professor" are each published monthly and generally feature about 5-7 articles per issue.  Most of the articles are short (5-6 paragraphs), apply recent research in teaching and learning, and provide full references to related research.


We have set up the subscriptions such that, once you are registered, you will receive an email with a link to the publications as they are published. Registration will also give you the benefit of access to searchable archives and access from any computer, not just on campus.


Create a new account

1.       Go to  www.magnanewsletters.com

2.      Select “Create a new account”, complete all fields under “Required information” and click Create Account

3.      Open the email used to register your account and click the link to complete your registration

4.      Enter your email or username and password and select Login

5.      Select the “Group Subscriptions” tab at the top of the page

6.      In the red box, enter the authorization code: (please contact gstark@nmu.edu, tgillesp@nmu.edu, or ewickenh@nmu.edu for the authorization code)

7.      Select Activate to access the subscription

Please do not share the authorization code with anyone outside our campus community.


Access your existing Magna account

1.       Go to www.magnanewsletters.com

2.      Select “Log into your account”

3.      Enter your email or username and your unique password, then click “Login”

4.      Select the Group Subscriptions tab at the top of the page to view your active subscriptions


Search the newsletter archives

The search function of our newsletter archives is now powered by Google.  Log in to your account, access your online subscription, and select View Archives. The search bar is at the top right of the page.


Need help?

•         Call 800-433-049, ext. 2, between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Central, M-F

•         Email  support@magnapubs.com




Magna "20 Minute Mentor" DVDs


TLAC has purchased several "20 Minute Mentor" DVDs on a variety of interesting and helpful teaching and learning issues.  Contact us at TLAC@nmu.edu if you'd like to check one out.



Accessing Magna 20-Minute Mentor Videos

Northern Michigan U no longer has a 20 Minute Mentor Commons subscription at this time.  This may change in the future.

As a member of our campus community this online resource from Magna Publications is available at no cost to you.  Please note that limited testing has shown access seems to work better in the Internet Explorer browser

Create a new account

1.      Go to www.magnapubs.com/account

2.      For new users, click Create an Account. Complete all Required Information fields and click Create Account. (NOTE: a verification email will be sent to the email address used to register. Click the link in the email to validate your account. This must be done within 48 hours or your account will not be created)


Access your Magna account

1.       Go to www.mentorcommons.com

2.      Click orange “Enter Authorization Code” button

3.      Enter your email or username and your unique password and click “Login”

4.      In the box, enter your group’s Authorization Code: (please contact gstark@nmu.edu, tgillesp@nmu.edu, or ewickenh@nmu.edu for the authorization code)

5.      Select Activate to access 20 Minute Mentor Commons

6.   Use the “Click here” option to access Mentor Commons. Access or search any of the featured programs.

Please note: entering the Authorization Code is done only once. Hereafter, you will access the subscription by logging in to www.magnapubs.com/account using your email address and password. Click on My Account from the top navigation bar, and under My Purchases click Subscriptions. Mentor Commons will be listed to the right. Click View On-Demand Videos to access Mentor Commons.

Please do not share the Authorization Code with anyone outside our campus community.


Web Resources



          NMU Related Links
Course Technology Alliance CTA is a group of NMU departments / units with the mission of supporting technology at NMU. There are links to guidelines for online courses, lists of successful online courses, and technology integration into traditional and blended courses.
Academic Information Services Advisory Council (AISAC) AISAC makes recommendations regarding library collections and policies and services of AIS; supports and fosters faculty and student research, especially the use of library resources in the library, archives, and academic computing.
Instructional Design, Technology and Media AIS’s Instructional Design, Technology, and Media unit supports teaching and learning in online and classroom-based environments by providing resources, tools, and services that enable faculty to innovatively use technology to deliver and enhance pedagogically sound courses. 

Instructional Design, Technology and Media oversees the operation of  the CITE, The Center for Instructional Technology in Education, a resource center for the NMU faculty.

          Teaching & Learning Web Sites

National Institute for Science Education - College Level One Innovations in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics learning experiences for all college students. Under "Related Links" there is a very useful series of web pages on collaborative learning (CL).
Center for Research on Learning and Teaching The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) is dedicated to the support and advancement of learning and teaching at the University of Michigan to develop a University culture that values and rewards teaching, respects and supports individual differences among learners, and encourages the creation of learning environments in which diverse students can learn and excel. The site offers a wide range of resources and references.
Educause Learning Initiative The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) is a community of higher education institutions and organizations committed to advancing learning through IT innovation. NMU is a member of ELI.
MERLOT Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) is a leading edge, user-centered, searchable collection of peer reviewed and selected higher education, online learning materials, catalogued by registered members and a set of faculty development support services. NMU is a MERLOT campus partner.
The Sloan Consortium The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) is an institutional and professional leadership organization dedicated to integrating online education into the mainstream of higher education, helping institutions and individual educators improve the quality, scale, and breadth of online education. NMU is a Sloan-C member.

    Online Journals/Newsletters

EDUCAUSE Review and Educause Quarterly This issue includes an interview with Ira Fuchs, winner of the 2000 EDUCAUSE Excellence in Leadership award, and a feature in which David L. Smallen, Jerry Niebaum, and Jeffrey I. Schiller, winners of EDUCAUSE Special Focus Leadership awards, talk about their experiences in the field.
MERLOT’s Journal of Online Teaching MERLOT’s Journal of Online Teaching (JOLT) is a peer-reviewed, open access, online publication addressing the scholarly use of multimedia resources in online education.
Sloan-C’s Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks The aim of the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN) is to describe original work in asynchronous learning networks, including experimental results. The mission is to provide practitioners in online education with knowledge about the very best research in online learning.

          Technology-Oriented Web Sites 

EDUCAUSE EDUCAUSE sponsors an annual conference and regional meetings regarding technology's role in higher education. Their site sponsors a searchable forum in which faculty contribute practices that have worked for them. 
Lilly Conferences Lilly Institutes and Conferences are offered at various locations and times within the U.S.
TechED Held annually in southern California, the TechEd conferences weave technology innovation into all academic disciplines. Attendance is approximately 3000 faculty, technical support, and administrators.