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**NEW** Expanding your Reach: Captioning for Self-Created Videos
Friday, March 31, 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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Ending Your Course with Your Students
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
With only a few weeks remaining for 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 help end the semester and plan future courses. Advance registration is required.
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Online Learning Consortium Innovate 2017 Virtual Conference
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM | Location: Online
Innovation, particularly in online education, is achieved through continuous visionary leadership from all disciplines, and by challenging existing teaching and learning structures to reimagine the learning experience. Learn from leaders in the field and engage in critical conversations with colleagues from all disciplines at the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Innovate conference, the premier conference devoted to innovation online learning - all without leaving NIU. All NIU faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants are able to attend OLC Innovate 2017 online for free and from the comfort of your office or home. Learn more at facdev.niu.edu/2017olcinnovate
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Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Wednesday, April 5, 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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Clickers in the Classroom
Thursday, April 6, 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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Respond Effectively to Student Writing
Friday, April 7, 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.

Why do students need revision-oriented feedback? See how effective, time-saving response encourages students to do their best work and learn more. Advance registration is required.
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Board of Trustees Professor Seminar: Dr. Dan Gebo, Department of Anthropology and Biological Sciences
Monday, April 10, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room
Science and the Public: Seeing Eye to Eye
Why do "scientists" and the "general public" view important issues of our time so differently? There appears to be a wide disconnect between these two groups as documented in a Pell Survey Poll in 2014. During this seminar, Dr. Gebo will offer his view on what science and scientists actually do and why. Is science actually relevant to the public? What can scientists do to improve communications and public policy?Learn more at http://go.niu.edu/botp17spring

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 II: Building Your Blackboard Course
Thursday, April 13, 2017 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.
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**ONLINE** Tips for Teaching Online with Blackboard
Monday, April 17, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
In the fall of 2016, nearly 90% of NIU faculty used Blackboard for their credit courses. Ready to take it to the next level? Blackboard tools can enhance your productivity and efficiency as you teach your online course, as well as, help you support your students success. In this workshop, you will discover tips and strategies on how to use Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to deliver a quality online course. Advanced registration is required.
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Bridging Generation Gaps in the Classroom
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Teaching classes that include a wide age range of students and multiple generations provides unique opportunities and challenges for instructors and students. In this workshop, you will learn techniques for developing teaching strategies to engage students from different age groups and for building connections across the generations. Advance registration is required.
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**NEW - ONLINE** Preview of New Features Coming to Blackboard
Friday, April 21, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
This year's Blackboard update is fairly minor, although there are a number of exciting updates and enhancements in store in the Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2016 Release. For example, following the update you and your students will be able to add files to Items, Assignments, and more using drag and drop. There are also some enhancements to assessments and grading, such as Submission Receipts created whenever a student submits an assignment, and email reminders you can send from the Grade Center to students who have missing coursework. We will also look at Bb Student, the newer mobile app that provides anytime, anywhere access to Blackboard for students. To prepare for the anticipated update, join us for this preview to learn more about these (and a few more) enhancements and features. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Universal Design for Learning: Part III Multiple Means of Action and Expression
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
Contemporary classrooms include a more diverse mix of students than ever before. 21st century students bring a wide variety of interests, skills and expectations to the classroom. Are you looking for new ways to connect with students by diversifying how you design activities and resources for your classes? Have you wondered about techniques for reaching more of your students using a range of strategies? During the third session of the new 3-part online series, we will continue our discussion of the concepts of Universal Design for Learning, which focus on designing instruction that is usable by all students. Strategies for providing multiple ways for learners to organize, plan and perform course activities, as well as express their ideas, will be discussed. Advance registration is required.
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Writing Goals and Objectives
Wednesday, April 26, 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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Calculating Final Grades with the Blackboard Grade Center
Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
The Blackboard Grade Center is a useful tool for tracking student grades and helping students understand their progress throughout the semester, but it can also efficiently calculate final grades. NIU Faculty can then use the Grade Submission tool to publish grades from the Grade Center directly to MyNIU, saving even more time. In this hands-on workshop, we will discuss how to calculate final grades, including how to use the weighted total feature, share best practices, and answer questions about specific grading systems. Prerequisites: Attendance at Managing Student Grades with the Blackboard Grade Center or previous experience using the Grade Center. Advance registration is required.
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Building Classroom Simulations and Games
Friday, April 28, 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 a Writing-Infused Course in the Major or General Education
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
In this daylong, interactive workshop, participants will focus on a course that they currently teach. Participants will engage in activities that help them decide what kinds of writing activities might best enhance the critical thinking they want their students to do. More details at http://facdev.niu.edu/writingcourse16
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