December 6, 2017
Volume 1, Number 1
Welcome to Our
Workshop Wednesday Newsletter
Hello there!

Please allow me to introduce you to our newest newsletter, Workshop Wednesday. You may be familiar with our other newsletter, Teaching Tuesday. It was published last spring and will return in Spring 2018.

Popular TV shows often spin-off a new show such as Cheers to Frasier, All in the Family to The Jefferson's, or the many Law & Order, NCIS and CSI shows. Similarly, we, the Ambassadors for Excellence in Teaching, hope our spin-off newsletter will be just as successful at bringing you useful and current information.

We are redesigning Teaching Tuesday into an easily digested, more bite-sized publication that is friendlier for mobile devices and busy schedules . It will include short articles on pedagogy. 

The Workshop Wednesday spin-off focuses on professional development for faculty and instructional staff including on-campus workshops, webinars and in-state conferences. We will also include opportunities for student workshops, tutoring and other activities supporting academic student success.

Please contact us at if you have items to contribute to Workshop Wednesday such as a faculty seminar, state-level conference call, student workshop and so on. Short articles on pedagogy and teaching strategies are also welcome for Teaching Tuesday at
We would love to hear from you!
Jeannie Justice, Editor
Ambassador for Excellence in Teaching
Magna (Online) Webinars
24/7 Professional Development for Faculty
Featured Webinars:

What do Students Want in Online Courses?
This webinar addresses how to meet the needs of both students and faculty when developing an online course, including how to: 
  • Ask the right questions on the front end, 
  • Create a better online experience, and
  • Meet students' needs without sacrificing standards. 

How Do I Create a Welcoming Online Classroom?
In this webinar, you will gain skills to improve the atmosphere in your online classroom so students can: 
  • Connect with you, 
  • Connect with fellow students, and
  • Seek support when needed. 


MSU has a license to webinars developed by Magna. These resources are available through a password-protected website. For access, faculty need to:
  • Log into MSU’s employee portal.
  • Look under the My Classes (Blackboard) section for the Magna Training Site.
  • If Magna isn't showing up in your list of courses, please send a request to be added to
  • When you click on the Magna Training Site, the Blackboard shell will open. Please note, you will be asked to submit a "Terms of Use" agreement before viewing any webinars.

Benefits of Magna Webinars:

I understand that you have a lot on your plate, so let me give you a few reasons why you should consider trying a Magna webinar:
  • Each webinar takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
  • All webinars are available on your schedule since they are online and easily accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Webinars include supplemental materials such as bibliographies and handouts.
  • Certificates of completion are available for professional portfolios and Faculty 180.
Conference Call - Pedagogicon
Conference Date: May 18, 2018
Proposal Due Date: February 1, 2018

This national conference is sponsored by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. It is held annually at the Richmond campus of Eastern Kentucky University. This year's conference theme is "Student-Centered Teaching and Learning." Proposals for group and/or individual presentations are due by February 1. For more information, please see their website:
See you at Convocation on January 10!
We wish you a very peaceful and relaxing winter break with your loved ones.
Ambassadors for Excellence in Teaching
Morehead State University