**ONLINE** Feedback Strategies for Your Online Course
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 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.
Teaching with the Revised Bloom's Taxonomy
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Bloom's Taxonomy was developed in the 1950s and is still used today to categorize ways of learning and thinking in a hierarchical structure. A revised model was developed in the 1990s to better fit educational practices of the 21st century. Learn how you can employ the revised Bloom's Taxonomy to help plan effective instruction and challenge students to move from the most basic skills (remembering) to more complex learning which leads to higher order thinking (creating). Bring a list of instructional goals and objectives to the workshop. Advance registration is required.
Interactive Rubrics: Providing Consistent and Quality Feedback in Blackboard Courses
Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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.
**NEW** Successful Student Writing Series: Helping Students Avoid Plagiarism
Friday, October 28, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
In this workshop, you will learn tips for guiding students away from academic misconduct by following the best practices cited in the National Council of Writing Program Administrators’ statement on "Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism." Advance registration is required.
Presidential Teaching Professor Seminar: Dr. Harvey Blau, Department of Mathematical Sciences
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
| Location: Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room
Math Can Make Things Simple; That's Why It's Hard
Much of human activity is context-driven, and we tend to prefer contexts that are familiar. But familiar habits of thought may complicate, if not sidetrack, the solution of important problems. Mathematical perspective is about discarding the irrelevant and focusing on what is essential. Since this can involve leaving one's comfort zone, it is not always easily achieved. Dr. Blau will share examples of his teaching methods during the seminar. Learn more at http://facdev.niu.edu/ptp16fall
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, November 2, 2016 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: email@example.com or 815-753-8100.] Prerequisites: Basic computer skills; basic Web navigation skills. Advance registration is required.
Using Advance Organizers to Help Students Construct Meaning
Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Advance organizers are instructional tools that illustrate relationships between concepts, terms or ideas connected to a learning task. Although advance organizers may be referred to as concept maps, story maps, or graphic organizers, they all follow a similar practice in which introductory material, presented as text, graphics, or hypermedia, act as frameworks for further content. Advance organizers can help students organize ideas, understand new content, solve problems as well as plan research and increase recall. Workshop participants will practice using a range of advance organizers that are applicable across all learning disciplines. Advance registration is required.
Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course
Friday, November 4, 2016 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 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.
Monday, November 7, 2016 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.
Applying the Quality Matters Rubric
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
The Quality Matters (QM) Rubric identifies the characteristics of high-quality online courses that promote engagement and support student learning, based on an extensive body of research on online learning. In this day-long workshop, you will learn about the QM Rubric and its use in reviewing the design of online and blended courses by discussing the standards and conducting a partial course review. It is intended for a broad audience, including but not limited to faculty, instructors, instructional designers, and administrators who wish to understand more about the QM process and perhaps become QM Peer Reviewers. Learn more at facdev.niu.edu/nov8appqmr. Advance registration is required.
Blackboard Assessment Tools
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
The online assessment tools in Blackboard can be utilized to facilitate meaningful and memorable learning activities for students. In this workshop participants explore the various assessment tools for creating assignments, deploying tests and quizzes, and building rubrics. Prerequisites: basic computer skills and attendance at the Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard workshop or previous experience using Blackboard. Advance registration is required.
**ONLINE** Supporting Student Success with the Blackboard Retention Center
Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
| Location: Online
One of the key factors in improving student retention is identifying students who may be at risk early and intervening before it is too late. The Retention Center, which is integrated into Blackboard, makes it easy for faculty to monitor student performance proactively and contact students who may need additional support. Student performance is tracked based on grade, activity level, access to the Blackboard course, and missed deadlines. In this online workshop, we will explore how the Retention Center can be used to track student performance and connect with students, to improve success and retention. Advance registration is required.
**NEW** Successful Student Writing Series: Responding Effectively to Students' Written Assignments
Friday, November 11, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
In this workshop, you will learn tips for motivating students with revision-oriented feedback and opportunities to reflect critically on their written work. Also discover how “minimal marking” teaches students to correct their own grammatical problems. Advance registration is required.
Using Lynda.com in Your Blackboard Courses
Monday, November 14, 2016 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Lynda.com is one of the most popular and successful video learning service available, offering members access to a broad and varied video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. This resource, which was recently made available to the NIU community, can help faculty add value to their courses by including resources from the broad and varied video library of engaging, top-quality courses. While pedagogical applications to this resource will be discussed, the focus of this hands-on workshop will be to teach participants how to add resources gleaned from lynda.com directly to their Blackboard courses. Advanced registration required.
Games and Education
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Games offer the opportunity for students to learn through contextualized and meaningful activity. As a growing medium for expression and intellectual engagement, interest and research into the educational value of games has increased over the years. In this workshop we will identify learning principles embedded in good games, analyze game elements and their potential instructional value, and explore how to apply game principles to course design. Advance registration is required.
Online Learning Consortium Accelerate 2016 Virtual Conference
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
| Location: Online
In 2016, you won't be able to have a dialogue about higher education without discussing, in part, online learning. It's one of the fastest growing sectors in education today. Because of its importance, we invite you to attend the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Accelerate conference, the premier conference devoted to online learning - all without leaving NIU. For the first time, all NIU faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants are able to attend OLC Accelerate 2016 online for free and from the comfort of your office or home. Learn more at facdev.niu.edu/2016olcaccelerate
Strategies to End the Semester with Your Students
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Even though we are more than half-way through the semester, it is a good time to start thinking about strategies to end the semester on a high note. In this workshop we will discuss ways to reduce the stress involved in creating exams and grading them, helping students review for the final exam, handling last-minute questions and requests (for extensions, incompletes and letters of recommendation), evaluating your course for the next time it is taught and saying goodbye to your students. Participants will create an end-of-the-semester action plan that can be used to effectively end the semester as well as for future course planning. Advanced registration is required.
**NEW** Connecting Knowledge Organization Structures and Learning
Monday, November 21, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Does the way students organize their knowledge impact their learning? Do you wonder why information that is crystal clear to you may be confusing to some students? Are there differences between the ways experts and novices organize knowledge? During this workshop we will discuss different ways to organize knowledge to facilitate learning and performance. Advance registration is required.
**ONLINE** Quality Online Course Series: Course Content & Instructional Materials
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
| Location: Online
Once you have established objectives and the assessments to measure them, the next step is to create and/or curate course content and instructional materials to support the learning objectives. It is also important to clearly explain the purpose, source, and alignment of instructional materials. In this online workshop, you will learn about creating and curating course content from quality sources as well as communicating them to your students. Advance registration is required.
**ONLINE** Managing the Online Teaching Workload
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
| Location: Online
We often tell students that they need to be organized to manage their workload when they take an online course. But, it is even more important for you to manage your own time when teaching an online course. The lack of pre-defined, scheduled class times, combined with navigating the tools for online grading and communication can make it feel overwhelming. This workshop will introduce you to some strategies for keeping up with the course, techniques that can save you time, and best practices to manage student expectations of you, including some simple suggestions for saving time and increasing your efficiency. Advance registration is required.