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2017 Teaching with Technology Institute: Mobile Learning
Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM | Location: Cole Hall, Room 106
Designing a course with mobile in mind allows for “Anytime, Anywhere Learning”, meeting students where they are. Whether it’s being notified when new course materials are available, watching a lesson on the bus, synthesizing materials from across the course to complete a quiz while at the park, or capturing thoughts and experiences in a short video from their internship location for a course assignment, there are numerous opportunities for students to connect with their learning via mobile. In the morning session of the Teaching with Technology Institute, we will look at best practices for good mobile design, explore mobile course development, create rich content using mobile workflows, and highlight a number of mobile apps to make your life easier as an educator. Learn more and register at facdev.niu.edu/twti17am
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2017 Teaching with Technology Institute: Connected Learning
Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM | Location: Cole Hall, Room 106
Connected Learning is a pedagogical approach designed for learning in the digital and networked age. The focus is on instruction that can activate relationships and communities through supporting exploration, discovery, and inquiry-based learning. The same technologies and techniques that we use to connect to friends and family can also support social connectivity in learning, to engage and motivate students! In the afternoon session at year’s Teaching with Technology Institute, we will investigate the use of digital tools that can promote interactions, discussions, collaboration, and ultimately establish a vibrant learning community. Learn more and register at facdev.niu.edu/twti17pm
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Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Learn the basics of creating and developing a course in Blackboard, NIU's Web Course Management System. Participants will get an overview of course layout and navigation, have an opportunity to place materials in a sample course, and also get assistance with requesting their own Blackboard courses. Participants who wish to request their courses during the workshop must have an active NIU Account ID. [For information about NIU Account IDs used in Blackboard, contact the IT Service Desk: servicedesk@niu.edu or 815-753-8100.] Prerequisites: Basic computer skills; basic Web navigation skills. Advance registration is required.
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Writing Goals and Objectives
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Instructional goals are broad, generalized statements about what is to be learned. Instructional objectives, on the other hand, are focused measurable statements which will help you and your students reach your goals. When written well, instructional goals and objectives will assist in identifying course content, help organize your instruction, and best of all, help students achieve your expectations. In this workshop, we will review the characteristics of instructional goals and objectives and practice writing these two important components of successful instruction. Please bring a course syllabus to the workshop. Advance registration is required.
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Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course
Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
This hands-on workshop is a follow-up to the Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard workshop. We will cover the specifics of developing a course in Blackboard, including personalizing course navigation, setting up a materials-delivery structure and creating discussion areas. Participants will work in their own Blackboard courses and should bring to the session any course materials they want to upload or work with during the workshop. Files need to be on a flash drive (readable in a USB port) or available online. Advance registration is required.
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Introduction to Live Online Classes Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Many faculty consider live, personal interaction to be the most valuable element of quality teaching and learning experiences. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is web conferencing/collaboration tool that faculty and students rely on to provide opportunities for live interaction and personal connection in online and blended courses. In this hands-on workshop, you will be able to try the features of Collaborate Ultra first-hand, no previous experience needed. Advance registration required.
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**ONLINE** Creating Authentic Experiences for Your Online Course
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
When designing an online course, remember everything doesn’t have to happen online or in isolation of the world around us. You can create authentic experiences for your online students, such as field experiences, real-world activities, and genuine, skill building tasks. In this online workshop we will explore ways to craft authentic experiences and assessments for our online students. Plus, we will look at how these experiences align with your course learning objectives. Advance registration required.
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Problem-Based Learning
Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is a focused, experiential learning strategy organized around the exploration and resolution of an authentic, real-world problem. PBL involves three components: The Problem, which typically does not have an easy solution, The Learners, who often work in self-directed groups to solve the problem, and The instructor, who assumes the role as facilitator and coach once the problem has been presented. We will discuss ways to find and develop a problem and student and instructor involvement during a problem-based learning situation. Advance registration is required.
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Expanding Your Reach: Captioning for Self-Created Videos
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Video, whether used for instruction or communication, is an excellent medium to engage students and facilitate a sense of community within a course. However, it is important to ensure that the materials we use are accessible to all individuals. One way to ensure accessible video is to provide captions, which can help students with a hearing impairment, students whose first language is not English, or any student who could benefit from both reading captions and listening to the accompanying audio. In fact, it’s not only the right thing to do and beneficial to a variety of students, it is required by law. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how you can add captions to videos you have created and post them in your Blackboard course. Advance registration is required.
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Blackboard Open Lab
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Adams Hall, Room 323
Blackboard Open Lab is an excellent opportunity for faculty, staff, and TAs to ask specific questions about Blackboard. Staff from the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center will be on hand to address your questions individually. We cannot provide an overview of Blackboard at this session, but will be happy to answer specific questions about using Blackboard. No advance registration required.
Walk-In, No Registration Required

Designing or Revising a Course
Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
A number of important factors should be considered when designing or revising a course: What to teach, the methods and strategies used to teach, and how to make certain that learning is actually taking place. Approaching these factors and asking questions such as “What content can I cut?” and “What are the most effective ways I can incorporate activities?” can lead to organized and meaningful instruction. Participants will create a list of tips and techniques that can be immediately used as they develop or revise a course. Advance registration is required.
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Electronic Portfolios: Using the Blackboard Portfolio Tool
Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Electronic portfolios enable students and faculty to assemble, present, and share information online for documenting academic growth, career evaluation, and course preparation. The Blackboard Portfolio tool allows users to collect and organize files and other digital content representative of their learning. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the features and uses of the redesigned Blackboard Portfolio tool. Advance registration is required.
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Classroom Assessment Techniques to Jump-start the Semester
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) are small, informal assessment practices that simultaneously engage students and help us collect information about their learning. In this workshop we will discuss tips and strategies for how to incorporate these quick but meaningful assessment techniques in our teaching and how to use the information to benefit both teaching and student learning. Participants will experience several CATs and will walk away with a range of CATs that can be immediately used to jump-start the semester and beyond. Advance registration is required.
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Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Learn the basics of creating and developing a course in Blackboard, NIU's Web Course Management System. Participants will get an overview of course layout and navigation, have an opportunity to place materials in a sample course, and also get assistance with requesting their own Blackboard courses. Participants who wish to request their courses during the workshop must have an active NIU Account ID. [For information about NIU Account IDs used in Blackboard, contact the IT Service Desk: servicedesk@niu.edu or 815-753-8100.] Prerequisites: Basic computer skills; basic Web navigation skills. Advance registration is required.
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**NEW - ONLINE** Enhancing Your Online Course with Images and Icons
Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
Sometimes a picture says a thousand words. You can enhance your course by adding images, icons, and other media into the online learning environment. Although images are plentiful online you still must consider the copyright of items you choose, even for educational purposes. In this workshop you will learn about helpful repositories that are free for you to use and how to find, evaluate, and incorporate visuals into your online course. Advanced registration required.
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Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course
Monday, July 17, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
This hands-on workshop is a follow-up to the Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard workshop. We will cover the specifics of developing a course in Blackboard, including personalizing course navigation, setting up a materials-delivery structure and creating discussion areas. Participants will work in their own Blackboard courses and should bring to the session any course materials they want to upload or work with during the workshop. Files need to be on a flash drive (readable in a USB port) or available online. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Free Software Tools for the Classroom
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
Many of the software tools that are the most useful in the classroom are unfortunately also some of the most expensive software tools. Often, budgets require that software is limited to a few users or a few locations, which prevents faculty and instructors from utilizing the technology with their students. It even prevents students from learning from these valuable tools. Don’t let licensing fees hold you back! There are free versions of many of the expensive software tools, if you know where to look. This online session will introduce free versions of some of the most common software programs and share ideas for using them in the classroom. Advance registration is required.
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Facilitating Small Group Discussion Online Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Breakout Rooms
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Learn how to use the Breakout Groups feature within Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to facilitate small group discussions during an online session. During this face-to-face workshop we'll explore the options within a Blackboard Collaborate Ultra session for organizing students into small groups for discussion, including creating Breakout Rooms, assigning students to Breakout Rooms (both manually and automatically), moving whiteboard content into Breakout Rooms, and monitoring small group discussion. Prerequisite: You should be familiar with the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra web conferencing tool. Advance registration is required.
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Creative Approaches to Introduce Play in Your Classroom
Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Are you looking for creative instructional strategies? Do you want to “shake things up a bit?” Have you ever wondered if play has a place in higher education classrooms? During this workshop participants will learn about research related to play and learning. We will also discuss a variety of non-traditional instructional strategies that can be used to make learning fun. Advance registration is required.
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Reference Resource Management
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
How did you first learn to keep track of references and citations? Did you make index cards, keep a notebook, lists, or a spreadsheet? Today, there are much richer (and free!) tools for you and your students to save citation information while searching and browsing the Web. With a single click, save citations and create customized bibliographies in standard citation styles, including MLA, Chicago and APA. Create groups to share references with students, or for students to share with each other. In this workshop, you will learn the key functions of Zotero, a free program for reference management. We will cover adding citations to your reference library, organizing and managing those citations, creating a bibliography, and using the Microsoft Word plug-in to easily insert citations from Zotero into your documents. We will discuss implications for both professional and classroom use. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Developing a Course Syllabus
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
The course syllabus is an essential component of your course and should be thorough, precise, and clear. Since the syllabus is often one of the first means of communication between you and your students, it should set the tone for the entire semester. The ultimate goal of a well-designed syllabus, therefore, is to inform students about what is expected of them throughout the semester by outlining content, policies, and due dates. In essence, the syllabus acts as a road map to help students navigate the course. In this online workshop, we will discuss key elements of a course syllabus, possibilities for design layout, and provide a checklist to help you create a well-organized and complete course syllabus. Advance registration required.
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Clickers in the Classroom
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
This workshop is designed to introduce faculty to the instructional possibilities of the student response systems (clickers) and their integration with Blackboard. The student response system is an educational technology that faculty can use in conjunction with Blackboard to create an interactive learning experience for students. Clickers can be used to increase student engagement, facilitate collaboration and dialogue, provide instant feedback to questions, and improve class attendance. Student assessment results as well as attendance can also be uploaded to Blackboard. Advance registration is required.
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Fall 2017 Teaching Effectiveness Institute - Fundamental Principles of Instruction
Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM | Location: Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room
This institute is designed to introduce faculty to the basic principles of teaching, share information about teaching-related support resources available at NIU, and discuss how faculty can address students’ learning needs. This institute will include interactive presentations by NIU faculty and staff and participants will have opportunities to network with both new and experienced NIU faculty. This institute is geared toward those who are new to teaching as well as those wanting to refresh their knowledge about teaching fundamentals. More details are available at facdev.niu.edu/tei17day1.
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Fall 2017 Teaching Effectiveness Institute - Team-Based Learning: A Transformative Strategy for Your Courses
Friday, August 18, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM | Location: Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room

In this workshop you will explore what a team-based learning (TBL) course looks like and how TBL strategies harness the power of highly effective teams of students for broader, deeper, and longer lasting gains. Specifically, you will:

  • learn the elements of an effective team-based learning course
  • make the specific changes in a syllabus that would make your course truly TBL
  • customize organizational templates for use in a TBL version of your course
  • evaluate a TBL outline or activity that you have already developed for use in your team-based learning course
  • understand how team-based learning is an ideal strategy for flipped courses.
More details are available at facdev.niu.edu/tei17day2.
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Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Monday, August 21, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Learn the basics of creating and developing a course in Blackboard, NIU's Web Course Management System. Participants will get an overview of course layout and navigation, have an opportunity to place materials in a sample course, and also get assistance with requesting their own Blackboard courses. Participants who wish to request their courses during the workshop must have an active NIU Account ID. [For information about NIU Account IDs used in Blackboard, contact the IT Service Desk: servicedesk@niu.edu or 815-753-8100.] Prerequisites: Basic computer skills; basic Web navigation skills. Advance registration is required.
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Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Friday, August 25, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Learn the basics of creating and developing a course in Blackboard, NIU's Web Course Management System. Participants will get an overview of course layout and navigation, have an opportunity to place materials in a sample course, and also get assistance with requesting their own Blackboard courses. Participants who wish to request their courses during the workshop must have an active NIU Account ID. [For information about NIU Account IDs used in Blackboard, contact the IT Service Desk: servicedesk@niu.edu or 815-753-8100.] Prerequisites: Basic computer skills; basic Web navigation skills. Advance registration is required.
Register here!

Electronic Portfolios: Using the Blackboard Portfolio Tool
Friday, August 25, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Electronic portfolios enable students and faculty to assemble, present, and share information online for documenting academic growth, career evaluation, and course preparation. The Blackboard Portfolio tool allows users to collect and organize files and other digital content representative of their learning. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the features and uses of the redesigned Blackboard Portfolio tool. Advance registration is required.
Register here!

Blackboard Open Lab
Monday, August 28, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Adams Hall, Room 323
Blackboard Open Lab is an excellent opportunity for faculty, staff, and TAs to ask specific questions about Blackboard. Staff from the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center will be on hand to address your questions individually. We cannot provide an overview of Blackboard at this session, but will be happy to answer specific questions about using Blackboard. No advance registration required.
Walk-In, No Registration Required

Blackboard Open Lab
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Adams Hall, Room 323
Blackboard Open Lab is an excellent opportunity for faculty, staff, and TAs to ask specific questions about Blackboard. Staff from the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center will be on hand to address your questions individually. We cannot provide an overview of Blackboard at this session, but will be happy to answer specific questions about using Blackboard. No advance registration required.
Walk-In, No Registration Required

**ONLINE** Ensuring Quality in Your Online Course
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
How do you know if your online course is good? More importantly, how do you make it better? In this workshop, you will learn about why quality is important and how to create more student-centered online courses by using the Quality Matters rubric (a nationally-recognized benchmark for online course design based on research-supported best practices). After the workshop, you will be prepared to develop or improve an online course that is designed to promote student learning. Advance registration is required.
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Blackboard Open Lab
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Adams Hall, Room 323
Blackboard Open Lab is an excellent opportunity for faculty, staff, and TAs to ask specific questions about Blackboard. Staff from the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center will be on hand to address your questions individually. We cannot provide an overview of Blackboard at this session, but will be happy to answer specific questions about using Blackboard. No advance registration required.
Walk-In, No Registration Required

Introduction to Live Online Classes Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Many faculty consider live, personal interaction to be the most valuable element of quality teaching and learning experiences. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is web conferencing/collaboration tool that faculty and students rely on to provide opportunities for live interaction and personal connection in online and blended courses. In this hands-on workshop, you will be able to try the features of Collaborate Ultra first-hand, no previous experience needed. Advance registration required.
Register here!

Blackboard Open Lab
Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Adams Hall, Room 323
Blackboard Open Lab is an excellent opportunity for faculty, staff, and TAs to ask specific questions about Blackboard. Staff from the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center will be on hand to address your questions individually. We cannot provide an overview of Blackboard at this session, but will be happy to answer specific questions about using Blackboard. No advance registration required.
Walk-In, No Registration Required

**NEW** Ways to Group and Partner Students
Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Students who work in pairs or groups are more actively engaged in the learning process where they verbalize ideas, share authentic discussions, and listen to one another. But getting students into these pairs and groups can be challenging and sometimes time consuming. In this workshop we will discuss and practice with techniques to arrange students in planned and spontaneous ways for meaningful collaborative learning. Come prepared to move around!
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Blackboard Open Lab
Friday, September 1, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Adams Hall, Room 323
Blackboard Open Lab is an excellent opportunity for faculty, staff, and TAs to ask specific questions about Blackboard. Staff from the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center will be on hand to address your questions individually. We cannot provide an overview of Blackboard at this session, but will be happy to answer specific questions about using Blackboard. No advance registration required.
Walk-In, No Registration Required