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Tips to Engage Critical Thinkers & Writers - Transform Your Course Now! Design Short Writing Assignments that Work
Friday, September 22, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
This workshop is part of the series: Tips to Engage Critical Thinkers & Writers - Transform Your Course Now!, presented by Brad Peters, Department of English.

What are alternatives to the dreaded term paper? Improve students' written skills and mastery of course content with short assignments you'll enjoy grading. Advance registration is required.
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Trello: Project Management for the Classroom
Monday, September 25, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Trying to get students to work collaboratively can be a major challenge. "Who is responsible for what?" "Hey, when is this due?" "What do we need for this?" These questions can be solved through the use of project management software, but many are too expensive and complicated for students to dependably use. Enter Trello: the intuitive, free project management solution that anyone can learn. In this session, discover the features, implementations, and advantages of Trello for the classroom; and get some experience with the service. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Best Practices for Delivering an Online Course
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
Teaching an online course is not so different from teaching a face-to-face course. You still need to communicate with your students, grade student work, and support their learning. There are some differences, though, and research has shown that following some best practices can increase student success. In this online workshop, find out how to best support your students in the online environment. In this online workshop will discover practical strategies you can implement in your own online courses. Advance registration is required.
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Gagne's Nine Events of Instruction
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Designing teaching strategies in a more prescriptive rather than a hit and miss approach can lead to effective and meaningful instruction. In this workshop, we will present Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction and ways to implement these events when preparing instruction or the semester ahead. Learn how to sequence instruction based on expected intellectual skills to be learned by students and how to prepare different instructional approaches for different learning outcomes. Advance registration is required.
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Board of Trustees Professor Seminar: Dr. Laura Vazquez, Department of Communication
Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Holmes Student Center, University Suite
The Board of Trustees Professorship recognizes faculty who have achieved national/international recognition for their scholarship or artistry, demonstrated a record of exceptional commitment to students both inside and outside of the classroom, and made significant contributions to advance the mission and reputation of the university and to improve the condition of the community at large. One of the privileges of the award is for the recipient to share in a public presentation of his or her scholarly activities, and how students are engaged in such activities. Join us for this presentation by Dr. Laura Vazquez, Board of Trustees Professor in the Department of Communication. More details are available at go.niu.edu/botp17fall

No registration is required--Everyone is welcome! Refreshments from 11:30 am - 12:00 pm, Presentation from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm.
Walk-In, No Registration Required

Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Wednesday, October 4, 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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Formative and Summative Feedback for Teaching and Learning
Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Providing and receiving feedback is known to enhance teaching and learning. But how (and why) do we choose the most appropriate form of feedback for any given situation? In this workshop we will discuss different forms of feedback, compare formative and summative feedback, and strategize which forms of feedback work best in different learning environments. Advance registration is required.
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**NEW - ONLINE** Hidden Gems of Blackboard: Things You Never Knew Blackboard Could Do!
Friday, October 6, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
Have you ever asked yourself, “Can Blackboard do that?” The answer might be yes! Blackboard Learn has a wide range of functionality and features to address diverse teaching and learning needs, with more features added every year. It can be difficult to keep up! In this online session, we will look at a number of tools that you may be under-utilizing or may not be aware of, to simplify your teaching workflow and make you more efficient. Advance registration required
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Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 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** Quality Online Course Design Series: Learning Objectives and Assessments
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
In an online course, it is important for students to know the goals of the course and how they will achieve them. Clear learning objectives establish a foundation upon which the rest of the course is built, and assessments evaluate student progress in achieving those objectives. In this online workshop, you will learn to write student-centered module-level learning objectives that align to course-level learning objectives, to design assessments that measure the stated learning objectives, and to establish clear policies and criteria for grading. Advance registration is required.
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Screencasting to Facilitate Learning Opportunities
Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Screencasting is becoming an increasingly common tool for online instruction. The workshop introduction will focus on the process of conceptualizing educational tutorials, asking important pedagogical questions, storyboarding ideas, and deciding on the most appropriate method for distribution of content. Participants will use Camtasia Studio, a screencasting program offering features and options that enhance instruction by capturing lectures, recording and highlighting interaction with website tours or software applications, and using closed captioning to expand accessibility. Participants will create a brief instructional screencast demonstrating various features. Advance registration is required.
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Tips to Engage Critical Thinkers & Writers - Transform Your Course Now! Lighten the Paper Work Load
Friday, October 13, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
This workshop is part of the series: Tips to Engage Critical Thinkers & Writers - Transform Your Course Now!, presented by Brad Peters, Department of English.

What are smart ways to assign, manage, and grade papers? Make your life easier while motivating students through rubrics and "minimal marking." Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Tracking Student Learning Outcomes in Blackboard
Monday, October 16, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
In Blackboard, every content item, interaction, and assessment can be aligned to custom-built Goals (student learning outcomes). Once aligned to assessments, including Assignments, Tests (and test questions), Rubrics, Discussion Forums, and Grade Center columns, you can collect data on student performance at the course and system levels to determine whether students are meeting the Goals. In addition, students can track their own progress against these Goals using the new Goal Performance Dashboard. These features can be used to build competency-based courses or to gather valuable data for program assessment and accreditation reviews. In this session, you will learn how to add alignments to course content and assessments and how to evaluate student achievement against the Goals. We will also discuss how custom Goals are added to Blackboard. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Tips for Communicating Effectively Using Blackboard
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
There are a variety of tools provided by Blackboard that can enrich communication in the web-enhanced traditional classroom as well as in the online venue. These tools provide faculty with a wealth of opportunities for building course communities and encouraging academic discussion outside the classroom. This hands-on session covers the features for asynchronous and synchronous discussion, using blogs and wikis for collaboration, encouraging student reflection with journals, as well as posting announcements. Advance registration is required.
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Creating a More Inclusive Classroom
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
In this roundtable discussion, we'll review and devise teaching strategies that work to dismantle various forms of privilege and oppression in the classroom. We'll have an open (and necessarily difficult) conversation about the ways in which we inadvertently perpetrate prejudice in our course design. Please come ready to help create a supportive, inclusive dialogue regarding how to address these issues head on. Advance registration is required.
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Rubrics for Meaningful Assessment and Evaluation
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Have your students ever asked questions such as, “Why did you grade me that way,” or “Why didn’t you tell us that we would be graded on grammar”? An assessment tool that can reduce such questions is called a rubric, which is a scoring tool that clearly defines assignment criteria with levels of performance for each part. Because grading may be considered one of the most time consuming, frustrating, and sometimes dreaded aspects of teaching, learning how to develop and use rubrics can help you grade more objectively, save grading time, and assist students in preparing assignments. Workshop participants will create their own rubric that can be adapted for any assignment or task. Advance registration is required.
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Facilitating Small Group Discussion Online Using Blackboard Collaborate Breakout Groups
Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Learn how to use the Breakout Groups feature within Blackboard Collaborate to facilitate small group discussions during an online session. During this face-to-face workshop we'll explore the options within a Blackboard Collaborate session for organizing students into small groups for discussion, including creating Breakout Groups, assigning students to Breakout Groups (both manually and automatically), moving whiteboard content into Breakout Groups, and monitoring small group discussion. Prerequisite: You should be familiar with the Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing tool. Advance registration is required.
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Building Classroom Games and Simulations
Friday, October 20, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
In this hand-on workshop we will create engaging educational games and simulations using easily accessible materials. Learn about game mechanics and how to relate them to your course content. Explore how games can help your students learn through cooperation, strategy, competition, and creativity! Breathe a new energy into your most difficult course topics or bring your own gaming or simulation ideas to life. Have a game that you’ve already created? Come show it off! Advanced registration is required.
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Designing Effective Assessments
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Quality assessment is more than assigning a grade to your students. Truly effective assessments determine how much knowledge the student has and how well he or she can utilize that knowledge. Also, in addition to providing an evaluation of student progress, assessment can be used throughout the semester to guide instructional decisions. In this workshop, we will discuss multiple ways that assessment can be used within a course, a variety of assessment options, and some guidelines for designing effective assessments. Advance registration is required.
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Interactive Rubrics: Providing Consistent and Quality Feedback in Blackboard Courses
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
The Interactive Rubric tool in Blackboard makes it possible for rubrics with click-and-score simplicity to be built into the grading workflow, increasing efficiency while also supporting consistent and high quality feedback. During this workshop we'll explore the Interactive Rubrics tool in Blackboard and sample interactive rubrics applied to various types of Blackboard assessments. We'll highlight the steps for creating an Interactive Rubric and applying it to an assignment for grading. We will also cover how to reuse a rubric within a Blackboard course or share with other faculty. Advance registration is required.
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Getting Started with Adobe Presenter
Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
One of the major challenges in teaching online is finding creative ways to engage students in the learning process. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to use Adobe Presenter to give new and existing PowerPoint presentations and lectures a first-class upgrade and ready for online delivery. Topics will include incorporating voice narrations and video into presentations, and creating self-running presentations and lectures that can be hosted on Blackboard. Participants are encouraged to bring existing PowerPoint files to work with during the workshop. Advance registration is required.
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Tips to Engage Critical Thinkers & Writers - Transform Your Course Now! Help Students Avoid Plagiarism
Friday, October 27, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
This workshop is part of the series: Tips to Engage Critical Thinkers & Writers - Transform Your Course Now!, presented by Brad Peters, Department of English.

How can we guide students away from academic misconduct? Advice from the National Council of Writing Program Administrators show you. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Feedback Strategies for Your Online Course
Monday, October 30, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
Students in an online course need feedback early and often, so that they can track their progress and improve their performance. There are many ways you can provide your online students with great feedback. This workshop will introduce you to some strategies to incorporate into your online teaching. You will discover some innovative ideas for faculty, student-to-student, and reflective feedback in this workshop. Advance registration is required.
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