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Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 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 AccountID. [For information about NIU AccountIDs used in Blackboard, contact DoIT Support: helpdesk@niu.edu or 815-753-8100.] Prerequisites: Basic computer skills; basic Web navigation skills. Advance registration is required.
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**NEW - ONLINE** Introduction to lynda.com
Friday, December 4, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
Lynda.com is a leading online learning company that helps users learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. 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. In this online workshop, we will discuss why lynda.com is can be an important supplement to instruction, as well as demonstrate a number of useful and cool tools available in lynda.com. Advance registration is required.
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Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
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 on a CD. Advance registration is required.
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Blackboard Open Lab: Calculating and Submitting Final Grades
Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Adams Hall, Room 323
At the end of the semester, there is a short window to calculate grades and submit them by the due date. The Blackboard Grade Center can help you calculate final grades quickly, and at NIU, faculty can also use the Blackboard Grade Submission Tool to publish grades from the Blackboard Grade Center directly to MyNIU, saving time and reducing the opportunity for data entry errors. The tool works with master courses, too! During this open lab staff from the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center will be available for you to ask questions individually about how grades are calculated and how to submit them automatically. And, if you already have grading done, you can submit while you are here! No advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Quality Online Course Series: Getting Students Started
Monday, December 14, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
Getting Started . . . at Last? Now that you have designed a high quality online course based on the other standards, you are ready to introduce it to your students. Set the right tone and support student success by helping them get started with a welcome, a course tour, or a navigation guide. In this workshop you will explore best practices for introducing your course structure to your students and building community. Advance registration is required.
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Gagne's Nine Events of Instruction
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 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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**ONLINE** Spring 2016 Teaching Effectiveness Institute - Why We Teach: Our Impact as Educators
Thursday, January 7, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Thinking beyond course content and learning objectives, consider the following questions: Why do you teach? How do you want students to develop? What do you want your teaching legacy to be? Answering these questions may help you develop your own teaching philosophy. Your teaching philosophy can inform your teaching practice and have a profound impact on your students’ development and progress throughout their lives. In difficult times such as we face in higher education today, reflecting on your teaching philosophy can help remind you of why you teach and how your role as a teacher is so important.

During this institute, fellow faculty members will share their philosophies of teaching, which may inspire you to refine or develop your own. Through guided discussion and reflection, you will begin to answer the question, “Why do I teach?” This institute should inspire, motivate, and energize you for the coming and future semesters. Learn more at facdev.niu.edu/tei16am
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**ONLINE** Spring 2016 Teaching Effectiveness Institute - How We Teach: Connecting Philosophy with Practice
Thursday, January 7, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Are you ready to unlock the potential of your teaching philosophy? We know that there are many different ways to teach, and there is no "right" or "best" way for every student, discipline, or faculty. However, a successful teaching model is one that addresses your learning objectives, supports students, and reflects your teaching philosophy.

In this institute, we will build on your philosophy of teaching and help you to determine teaching practices that best align with it. You will be introduced to concrete applications based on real-world examples and take practical steps to make your ideals a reality. Attendance at the morning session is encouraged but not required. Learn more at facdev.niu.edu/tei16pm
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Copyright for Online Course Materials
Friday, January 29, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
As more courses and programs are taught online every year, we increasingly rely on digital content. This can include materials designed for the online environment as well as materials which are digitized or converted for use online, such as print books, journals, and VHS or DVD video. There are important questions we must ask to determine when it is permitted to use copyrighted material, as well as to determine who owns the copyright of new material created for online courses.

Join us for this webinar led by Academic Impressions to examine a framework for copyright ownership. Get important updates for 2016, including resolved and pending course cases, that directly impact the application of copyright law to your online courses. Case scenarios throughout the program will help you apply the content directly to your unique context.
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