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Presidential Teaching Professor Seminar: Dr. David Gunkel, Department of Communication
Monday, March 30, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room
Pedagogical Reboot: Teaching How to Learn About Technology

There is virtually no field or discipline that has been left untouched by technological innovation. This is especially true in the field of communication where so much of our daily interactions with each other have moved to computer-mediated systems. For this reason, it is often considered necessary to teach students how to use the technology that has and will continue to be a fundamental aspect of their personal and professional lives. But this effort is incorrect. Teaching students about technology is not only inadequate but potentially counter-productive. Because technology changes at such an accelerated rate, any instruction in a particular piece of hardware, software, or system is virtually obsolete the day of the lecture. For this reason, educators need to learn how to teach students not about technology but how to learn about technology. This subtle shift in emphasis is crucial for preparing the next generation of tech-savvy leaders and decision maker. But it requires an entirely different conceptual focus and pedagogical approach. In this presentation, David J. Gunkel will detail this method of technological education, which has had remarkable success with students in media and communication studies.

No registration is required--Everyone is welcome! Refreshments from 11:30 am - 12:00 pm, Presentation from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm.
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**NEW** Reference Resource Management
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 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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Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Friday, April 3, 2015 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 Blackboard's layout and navigation. In addition, participants will add materials to a sample Blackboard course, use classroom collaboration tools, and request their own Blackboard courses. Prerequisites: knowledge of Web browsing and basic computing skills. Advance registration is required.
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Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
This hands-on workshop is a follow-up to the Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard workshop. We will cover the specifics of building 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. Prerequisites: basic computer skills and attendance at the Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard workshop or previous experience using Blackboard. Advance registration is required.
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Using Group Work to Engage Students
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Research shows that students learn best when they are actively involved in the learning process. When effectively implemented, group work can be the catalyst to engage students in dynamic and meaningful learning environments. In this workshop, we will explore a number of different types of group structures, identify the benefits of group work, and discuss how to handle group work pitfalls. Advance registration is required.
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Board of Trustees Professor Seminar: Dr. David Changnon, Department of Geography
Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room
A Climatologist’s Halfback Pass: Integrating Undergraduate Research into His NIU Career
Successful applied climatologists learn from weather-sensitive decision makers through a productive and ongoing dialogue. Scientists in this area strive to enhance existing climate data, products, and information to manage weather risks issues faced by users. Dr. Changnon’s academic successes in research/scholarship, teaching, and service are directly linked to his efforts to engage undergraduate meteorologists in applied climatology. What these students have learned and their contributions to his career are as unique as a well-executed halfback pass! Learn more at http://facdev.niu.edu/botp2015s

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

Clickers in the Classroom
Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 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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Clickers in the Classroom
Friday, April 10, 2015 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 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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**NEW - ONLINE** Quality Online Course Series: Accessibility, Usability, & Student Support
Friday, April 10, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
Online students can feel isolated, but they don't have to be. In this workshop, you will explore how usability and accessibility can set students up for success. You will also learn how to connect students with valuable support services. Advance registration is required.
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**NEW** Learning Communities: Tips and Strategies for Success
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Creating a learning community within a course has a number of benefits, including helping students work collaboratively, think critically, construct knowledge and understanding as a team. Working as a learning community also helps students value different perspectives and be inclusive. Building a successful learning community can be challenging, though. How do we establish and encourage learning communities in our courses? In this workshop, you will discuss the value of learning communities, learn tips and strategies for building a learning community, and apply those strategies to a course you teach.
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Applying the Quality Matters Rubric
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) is QM's flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and its use in reviewing the design of online and blended courses. It is intended for a broad audience, including but not limited to faculty, instructional designers, administrators, and adjunct instructors who wish to understand more about the QM process and perhaps become QM Peer Reviewers. Learn more at http://www.niu.edu/facdev/programs/20150415.shtml. Advance registration is required.
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Mobile Learning Series: Screencasting
Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Creating engaging online instructional materials can be a complex task that requires somewhat expensive software. However, it’s possible to create online lessons and tutorials to engage students using simple free apps on a mobile device! Imagine using a digital whiteboard to draw, write, and annotate, with voice narration to explain the material and draw in your students. Then share the finished product online. While useful for any discipline, these lessons are particularly helpful in math, science, and engineering courses because it is easier to hand-write the complex notation. In this hands-on session, we will investigate several mobile screencasting apps, most of which are free or low cost. This workshop will focus on apps for mobile devices. Attendees are encouraged to bring their device and install the following apps: iOS - Educreations (http://www.educreations.com), ShowMe (http://www.showme.com), and Cross-platform Lensoo (http://www.lensoo.com/). Attendees are also encouraged to register for a free account for each app in order to have an opportunity to upload and share their content. Note: Those without access to mobile device can attend and plan to either observe or pair with someone else with a device. Advance registration is required.
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**NEW - ONLINE** Preview of New Features Coming to Blackboard
Friday, April 17, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
This year's Blackboard update to Blackboard Learn 9.1 April 2014 Release has a number of exciting updates and enhancements. For example, the Portfolio tool is completely rebuilt, making it easier than ever for students to create portfolios that synthesize their experience at NIU. A new Student Preview mode simplifies the process of testing the student experience of your courses. The new Anonymous & Delegated Grading workflow is a powerful tool for hiding student identify when grading or collaborating with other faculty or TAs for evaluating student work. The integration of the Assignment and SafeAssignment assessments combines the power of advanced grading tools with the option to include plagiarism prevention. In the April 2014 Release, all of this is wrapped in an updated modern look. 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** Tips for Successful Virtual Class Sessions
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
Web conferencing systems like Blackboard Collaborate and Adobe Connect are powerful tools for live, synchronous communication online. However, delivering a virtual lecture or facilitating a live online discussion can seem like an overwhelming task. Managing content, students, and software simultaneously certainly can be intimidating! In this online session, we will discuss ways to make virtual class sessions smoother, from planning through delivery and follow-up. Advance registration is required.
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Ending Your Course with Your Students
Thursday, April 23, 2015 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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**NEW - ONLINE** Quality Online Course Series: Getting Students Started
Friday, April 24, 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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Calculating Final Grades with the Blackboard Grade Center
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 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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Five Lenses for Educating for and Assessing Cultural Competence
Friday, May 15, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
A workshop by James Francisco Bonilla, Ed.D.
Professor Emeritus of Organizational Leadership & Conflict Studies
Hamline University School of Business, Saint Paul, Minnesota

This workshop will engage faculty, staff and administrators in exploring two questions, "Is there one best approach to educating for cultural competence in higher education?" and, "Is cultural competency measurable?" Goals for the session include the following: 1) To introduce five distinct approaches to educating for cultural competency along with a sampling of corresponding assessment instruments. 2) To provide faculty, staff and administrators an opportunity to identify their own preferred “lens(es)” on cultural competence, and 3) To explore some of the comparative strengths and limitations of each lens and 4) To discuss the implications of the session for teaching, service and research at Northern Illinois University. More details are available at http://facdev.niu.edu/fivelenses.
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