20-Minute Mentors

20-Minute Mentors are video-based programs designed to answer a specific question related to teaching and learning. They deliver actionable insights in highly focused 20-minute presentations designed to fit busy schedules.

Each 20-Minute Mentor is fast-paced, focused and content-rich. Each is led by a respected authority in higher education. And each includes a valuable assortment of supplemental materials–additional written content, a note-taking guide that references key points in the program, and a complete transcript, all of which will become valuable additions to your permanent reference library.

Magna 20-Minute Mentors programs are a convenient, cost-effective way for faculty to tap the expertise of instructors who’ve solved some of the most perplexing issues facing educators today.

20-Minute Mentors Commons is an affordable, subscription priced online collection of targeted faculty development programs, grounded in sound educational theory, that offer solutions to common classroom challenges—in just 20 minutes!

A subscription gives your entire campus unlimited, on-demand access to a library of Magna 20-Minute Mentors programs. This resource continues to grow as more programs are added regularly. They feature the top experts in higher education ready to answer pressing questions whenever, and wherever, your faculty need answers.


  • Online and on-demand — access from any computer with an Internet connection
  • Targeted — fast, focused solutions that instructors can use today
  • Campus-wide — all faculty members can access all programs for an entire year
  • Flexible — Watch seminars at home, at work, in a group, on a tablet, or even on a phone
  • Accessible — transcripts included for each program


20-Minute Mentors

How Does My Department Become More Strategic with Online Programming?


Making your online programming more strategic can help ensure your school’s survival and growth. This 20-Minute program will give you the key steps for building on the strengths of your institution and opening up new areas of student education. Learn More »

20-Minute Mentors

How Can I Engage Adjunct Online Faculty in Professional Development?


Learn how to focus your developmental offerings on the topics that will benefit your adjuncts most; you’ll consider the most effective delivery methods for this far-flung and difficult-to-schedule constituency; and you’ll learn how to provide meaningful incentives for adjuncts to participate in training.

20-Minute Mentors

How Can I Build a Successful Faculty Development Program?


With the right programming, you can make sure that your faculty have access to and actually use the professional development resources they need in order to remain compliant and relevant. This presentation covers the major points of inservice program development, from goal setting and generating faculty buy-in to logistics and content management.