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Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) to Jumpstart the Semester
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) are small, informal assessment practices that simultaneously engage students and help us collect information about their learning. In this workshop we will discuss tips and strategies for how to incorporate these quick but meaningful assessment techniques and how to use the information to benefit both teaching and student learning. Participants will experience several CATs and walk away with a range of CATs that can be immediately used to jumpstart the semester and beyond. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Free Software Tools for the Classroom
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
Many of the software tools that are the most useful in the classroom are unfortunately also some of the most expensive software tools. Often, budgets require that software is limited to a few users or a few locations, which prevents faculty and instructors from utilizing the technology with their students. It even prevents students from learning from these valuable tools. Don’t let licensing fees hold you back! There are free versions of many of the expensive software tools, if you know where to look. This online session will introduce free versions of some of the most common software programs and share ideas for using them in the classroom. Advance registration is required.
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**NEW - ONLINE** Creating Authentic Experiences for Your Online Course
Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
When designing an online course, remember everything doesn’t have to happen online or in isolation of the world around us. You can create authentic experiences for your online students, such as field experiences, real-world activities, and genuine, skill building tasks. In this online workshop we will explore ways to craft authentic experiences and assessments for our online students. Plus, we will look at how these experiences align with your course learning objectives. Advance registration required.
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Clickers in the Classroom
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 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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Clickers in the Classroom
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 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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Fall 2016 Teaching Effectiveness Institute - Fundamental Principles of Instruction
Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
This institute is designed to introduce faculty to the basic principles of teaching, share information about teaching-related support resources available at NIU, and discuss how faculty can address students’ learning needs. This institute will include interactive presentations by NIU faculty and staff and participants will have opportunities to network with both new and experienced NIU faculty. This institute is geared toward those who are new to teaching as well as those wanting to refresh their knowledge about teaching fundamentals. More details are available at http://facdev.niu.edu/tei16day1
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Fall 2016 Teaching Effectiveness Institute - The Art of Teaching: Using Performance Techniques for Improving Teaching
Friday, August 12, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Whether you are trying to reach an audience of two or 200, using acting techniques will enhance both your speaking and performance abilities. This institute will cover a variety of techniques used by professional theatre, film, and television performers that can be used to enhance teaching communication and will focus on the practice of teaching – using the body and voice more effectively when communicating with students. Topics include dealing with nervousness, using the body in a more dynamic way, developing a better voice, and improving your creativity through imagination, concentration, observation, and relaxation. This workshop is highly participatory and participants will learn techniques by doing them: they will have fun, they will laugh, and they become better at teaching. Participants will leave the institute with take-aways they can begin using the very next day. More details at http://facdev.niu.edu/tei16day2.
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Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Monday, August 15, 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: servicedesk@niu.edu or 815-753-8100.] Prerequisites: Basic computer skills; basic Web navigation skills. Advance registration is required.
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Fall 2016 Teaching Assistant Orientation
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
At this orientation, graduate teaching assistants will learn the basic principles of teaching and related responsibilities, gather information about campus support resources, and network with other GAs, faculty, and resource staff. While it is designed for new graduate assistants, continuing graduate assistants will also benefit from the orientation. The day's sessions are presented by NIU faculty, staff, and administrators who are knowledgeable and experienced in the topics. More details available at http://facdev.niu.edu/tao16
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Blackboard Portfolios
Thursday, August 18, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Electronic portfolios enable students and faculty to assemble, present, and share information online for documenting academic growth, career evaluation, and course preparation. The Blackboard Portfolio tool allows users to collect and organize files and other digital content representative of their learning. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the features and uses of the redesigned Blackboard Portfolio tool. Advance registration is required.
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Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Friday, August 19, 2016 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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