**NEW** Connecting Knowledge Organization Structures and Learning
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Does the way students organize their knowledge impact their learning? Do you wonder why information that is crystal clear to you may be confusing to some students? Are there differences between the ways experts and novices organize knowledge? During this workshop we will discuss different ways to organize knowledge to facilitate learning and performance. Advance registration is required.
Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Monday, October 3, 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: email@example.com or 815-753-8100.] Prerequisites: Basic computer skills; basic Web navigation skills. Advance registration is required.
**ONLINE** Quality Online Course Series: Learning Objectives and Assessments
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
| Location: Online
In an online course, it is important for students to know the goals of the course and how they will achieve them. Clear learning objectives establish a foundation upon which the rest of the course is built, and assessments evaluate student progress in achieving those objectives. In this online workshop, you will learn to write student-centered module-level learning objectives that align to course-level learning objectives, to design assessments that measure the stated learning objectives, and to establish clear policies and criteria for grading. Advance registration is required.
Formative and Summative Feedback for Teaching and Learning
Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Providing and receiving feedback is known to enhance teaching and learning. But how (and why) do we choose the most appropriate form of feedback for any given situation? In this workshop we will discuss different forms of feedback, compare formative and summative feedback, and strategize which forms of feedback work best in different learning environments. Advance registration is required.
Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course
Friday, October 7, 2016 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.
Blackboard Assessment Tools
Monday, October 10, 2016 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
The online assessment tools in Blackboard can be utilized to facilitate meaningful and memorable learning activities for students. In this workshop participants explore the various assessment tools for creating assignments, deploying tests and quizzes, and building rubrics. Prerequisites: basic computer skills and attendance at the Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard workshop or previous experience using Blackboard. Advance registration is required.
Testing Techniques: How To Design Better Tests
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
What makes a "good" test, and how do you know that you have one? Writing a strong test is a balancing act that requires deliberate design and intuitive art. Fortunately, there are a variety of tools that can simplify the process. In this workshop, we will discuss how to design tests that accurately assess students' knowledge and how to critically evaluate tests and test questions. We will also look at many different types of test questions and strategies for writing effective questions. Advance registration is required.
Facilitating Small Group Discussion Online Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Breakout Groups
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Learn how to use the Breakout Groups feature within Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to facilitate small group discussions during an online session. During this face-to-face workshop we'll explore the options within a Blackboard Collaborate Ultra session for organizing students into small groups for discussion, including creating Breakout Rooms, assigning students to Breakout Rooms (both manually and automatically), moving whiteboard content into Breakout Rooms, and monitoring small group discussion. Prerequisite: You should be familiar with the new Blackboard Collaborate Ultra web conferencing tool. Advance registration is required.
Collaborating Using Microsoft OneDrive
Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
With Microsoft Office 365, all faculty, staff, and students at NIU can collaborate in the same shared space, with the same tools. As one of the several tools available in Office 365, OneDrive makes file-sharing and group work quick and simple. Multiple collaborators can edit the same file, without creating multiple copies or conflicting changes. You and your students can access and edit documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and more from anywhere and on nearly any device. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn to create, share, and edit files within OneDrive. We will also discuss best practices for using OneDrive to promote collaboration.
**NEW** Successful Student Writing Series: Handling and Lightening the Paper Work Load
Friday, October 14, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Teaching writing-infused courses doesn’t mean you’ll drown in a sea of student papers! In this workshop, you'll learn tips for assigning, managing, and grading student writing show how to make your life easier while students learn more. Advance registration is required.
**ONLINE** Tracking Student Learning Outcomes in Blackboard
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
| Location: Online
In Blackboard, every content item, interaction, and assessment can be aligned to custom-built Goals (student learning outcomes). Once aligned to assessments, including Assignments, Tests (and test questions), Rubrics, Discussion Forums, and Grade Center columns, you can collect data on student performance at the course and system levels to determine whether students are meeting the Goals. In addition, students can track their own progress against these Goals using the new Goal Performance Dashboard. These features can be used to build competency-based courses or to gather valuable data for program assessment and accreditation reviews. In this session, you will learn how to add alignments to course content and assessments and how to evaluate student achievement against the Goals. We will also discuss how custom Goals are added to Blackboard. Advance registration is required.
Rubrics for Meaningful Assessment and Evaluation
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Have your students ever asked questions such as, “Why did you grade me that way,” or “Why didn’t you tell us that we would be graded on grammar”? An assessment tool that can reduce such questions is called a rubric, which is a scoring tool that clearly defines assignment criteria with levels of performance for each part. Because grading may be considered one of the most time consuming, frustrating, and sometimes dreaded aspects of teaching, learning how to develop and use rubrics can help you grade more objectively, save grading time, and assist students in preparing assignments. Workshop participants will create their own rubric that can be adapted for any assignment or task. Advance registration is required.
Screencasting to Facilitate Learning Opportunities
Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Screencasting is becoming an increasingly common tool for online instruction. The workshop introduction will focus on the process of conceptualizing educational tutorials, asking important pedagogical questions, storyboarding ideas, and deciding on the most appropriate method for distribution of content. Participants will use Camtasia Studio, a screencasting program offering features and options that enhance instruction by capturing lectures, recording and highlighting interaction with website tours or software applications, and using closed captioning to expand accessibility. Participants will create a brief instructional screencast demonstrating various features. Advance registration is required.
**ONLINE** Feedback Strategies for Your Online Course
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
| Location: Online
Students in an online course need feedback early and often, so that they can track their progress and improve their performance. There are many ways you can provide your online students with great feedback. This workshop will introduce you to some strategies to incorporate into your online teaching. You will discover some innovative ideas for faculty, student-to-student, and reflective feedback in this workshop. Advance registration is required.
Teaching with the Revised Bloom's Taxonomy
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 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.
Interactive Rubrics: Providing Consistent and Quality Feedback in Blackboard Courses
Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The Interactive Rubric tool in Blackboard makes it possible for rubrics with click-and-score simplicity to be built into the grading workflow, increasing efficiency while also supporting consistent and high quality feedback. During this workshop we'll explore the Interactive Rubrics tool in Blackboard and sample interactive rubrics applied to various types of Blackboard assessments. We'll highlight the steps for creating an Interactive Rubric and applying it to an assignment for grading. We will also cover how to reuse a rubric within a Blackboard course or share with other faculty. Advance registration is required.
**NEW** Successful Student Writing Series: Helping Students Avoid Plagiarism
Friday, October 28, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
In this workshop, you will learn tips for guiding students away from academic misconduct by following the best practices cited in the National Council of Writing Program Administrators’ statement on "Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism." Advance registration is required.
Applying the Quality Matters Rubric
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 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 facdev.niu.edu/nov8appqmr. Advance registration is required.
**NEW** Successful Student Writing Series: Responding Effectively to Students' Written Assignments
Friday, November 11, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
In this workshop, you will learn tips for motivating students with revision-oriented feedback and opportunities to reflect critically on their written work. Also discover how “minimal marking” teaches students to correct their own grammatical problems. Advance registration is required.
Online Learning Consortium Accelerate 2016 Virtual Conference
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
| Location: Online
In 2016, you won't be able to have a dialogue about higher education without discussing, in part, online learning. It's one of the fastest growing sectors in education today. Because of its importance, we invite you to attend the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Accelerate conference, the premier conference devoted to online learning - all without leaving NIU. For the first time, all NIU faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants are able to attend OLC Accelerate 2016 online for free and from the comfort of your office or home. Learn more at facdev.niu.edu/2016olcaccelerate