**ONLINE** Quality Online Course Series: Accessibility, Usability, & Student Support
Monday, March 19, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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.
Turning Technologies Clickers: Introduction to PowerPoint Polling Luncheon
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
TurningPoint provides a direct integration with Microsoft PowerPoint. This session is designed for new users as we explore the polling application: creating polling slides, running a polling presentation, saving results, and viewing student data. Student response options, clickers, and mobile devices, will also be discussed. Additionally, the direct integration with Blackboard will be demonstrated. This integration allows you to download your Blackboard roster into TurningPoint for student tracking as well as uploading points directly back to your Blackboard Grade Center. Register at bit.ly/2BHjxj6
Turning Technologies Clickers: Q&A Session
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM
This session will be an open agenda for current and new instructors to bring questions and comments for Turning Technologies. Open to current users who have questions and new users who might want to learn about TurningPoint from a high level. Register at bit.ly/2BHjxj6
Using PowerPoint to Engage and Motivate Students
Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Now that you have used PowerPoint to outline lectures and visually present information, learn how to create dynamic presentations that transform your teaching. PowerPoint can motivate and engage students by using simple yet effective techniques that do not require special technical skills. In this hands-on workshop, participants will construct a progressive series of PowerPoint slides that will illustrate a number of engaging and focused strategies beyond simple projection of lecture notes. Advance registration is required.
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Student Collaboration with Blackboard Groups
Friday, March 23, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Student group work can be an effective component in meeting and enhancing your course objectives. Unfortunately, the logistics of forming, supporting, and assessing groups can also present significant challenges. In this workshop, we will explore Blackboard's group feature and discuss related tools and strategies in order to address some of the more common difficulties when working with groups.
Alternative Textbook Resources
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
This workshop highlights library resources faculty can use in place of traditional textbooks to reduce costs for students. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP Kathy Ladell at email@example.com before Friday, March 23rd.
**ONLINE** Characteristics of Effective Discussion Boards
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Do you sometimes dread the online Discussion Board? Research shows that Discussion Boards increase student engagement and learning, yet faculty may be overwhelmed by extensive use of the tool. In this online workshop, we will discuss pedagogical aspects of Discussion Boards, as well as, practical strategies that can be implemented in your courses to keep Discussion Boards manageable. Advance registration is required.
Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-753-8100.] Prerequisites: Basic computer skills; basic Web navigation skills. Advance registration is required.
Board of Trustees Professor Seminar: David Hedin, Department of Physics
Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
| Location: Holmes Student Center, University Suite
The Board of Trustees Professorship recognizes faculty who have achieved national/international recognition for their scholarship or artistry, demonstrated a record of exceptional commitment to students both inside and outside of the classroom, and made significant contributions to advance the mission and reputation of the university and to improve the condition of the community at large. One of the privileges of the award is for the recipient to share in a public presentation of his or her scholarly activities, and how students are engaged in such activities. Join us for this presentation by David Hedin, Board of Trustees Professor in the Department of Physics.
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
Electronic Portfolios: Using the Blackboard Portfolio Tool
Friday, April 6, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
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 workshop, participants will learn the features and uses of the Blackboard Portfolio tool. Hands-on activities will be provided. Advance registration is required.
Ending Your Course with Your Students
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 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 prepare for the end the semester by organizing content, help students review for the final exam, handle last-minute questions and requests (for extensions, incompletes, and letters of recommendation), reflect and evaluate your course for the next time it is taught, and say 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.
Blackboard II: Building Your Course
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 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.
**ONLINE** Tips for Teaching Online with Blackboard
Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
In the fall of 2017, over 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.
Expanding Your Reach: Captioning for Self-created Videos
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 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.
Online Learning Consortium Innovate 2018 Virtual Conference
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
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 in online learning - all without leaving NIU. All NIU faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants are able to attend OLC Innovate 2018 online for free and from the comfort of your office or home. Learn more at facdev.niu.edu/2018olcinnovate
Teaching with the Revised Bloom's Taxonomy
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 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.
**ONLINE** Quality Online Teaching Series: Humanizing Your Online Course
Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Research suggests that building a strong sense of connectedness in an online course promotes student success, engages students, and retains students. This requires that you establish a strong teaching presence within the course, and that you create structures for students to form a community. In this workshop, you will learn strategies to make your online course more personal and techniques to build faculty and student presence in your online course. Advance registration is required.
Calculating Final Grades with the Blackboard Grade Center
Friday, April 27, 2018 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.