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Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Wednesday, September 2, 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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**NEW - ONLINE** Best Practices For Delivering an Online Course
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
Teaching an online course is not so different from teaching a face-to-face course. You still need to communicate with your students, grade student work, and support their learning. There are some differences, though, and research has shown that following some best practices can increase student success. In this online workshop, find out how to best support your students in the online environment. You will discover practical strategies you can implement in your own online courses. Advance registration is required.
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Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 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 on a CD. Advance registration is required.
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Managing Student Grades with the Blackboard Grade Center
Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
The Blackboard Grade Center is a useful tool for tracking student grades, but it also can be thought of as a communication tool to provide feedback to students about their performance and learning. In this hands-on workshop participants will learn how to use the Grade Center to grade assignments, record and calculate grades, provide comments, and customize the Grade Center for easier use. 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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Blackboard Assessment Tools
Friday, September 11, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
The survey and testing features in Blackboard offer faculty a variety of useful options for online assessment. In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore the various testing tools, create quizzes using a range of questions types, and experiment with creating test and survey pools. We will discuss strategies for reducing online testing errors as well as issues involving academic concerns with online testing. Advance registration is required
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Writing Goals and Objectives
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Instructional goals are broad, generalized statements about what is to be learned. Instructional objectives, on the other hand, are focused measurable statements which will help you and your students reach your goals. When written well, instructional goals and objectives will assist in identifying course content, help organize your instruction, and best of all, help students achieve your expectations. In this workshop, we will review the characteristics of instructional goals and objectives and practice writing these two important components of successful instruction. Please bring a course syllabus to the workshop. Advance registration is required.
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Getting Started with Adobe Presenter
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
One of the major challenges in teaching online is finding creative ways to engage students in the learning process. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to use Adobe Presenter to give new and existing PowerPoint presentations and lectures a first-class upgrade and ready for online delivery. Topics will include incorporating voice narrations and video into presentations, and creating self-running presentations and lectures that can be hosted on Blackboard. Participants will also discover how to implement highly interactive features into their presentations like feedback forms, surveys, and quizzes. Participants are encouraged to bring existing PowerPoint files to work with during the workshop. Advance registration is required.
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Designing Effective Assessments
Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Quality assessment is more than assigning a grade to your students. Truly effective assessments determine how much knowledge the student has and how well he or she can utilize that knowledge. Also, in addition to providing an evaluation of student progress, assessment can be used throughout the semester to guide instructional decisions. In this workshop, we will discuss multiple ways that assessment can be used within a course, a variety of assessment options, and some guidelines for designing effective assessments. Advance registration is required.
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Board of Trustees Professor Seminar: Dr. Heide Fehrenbach, Department of History
Monday, September 28, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room
The Humanitarian Eye: Photography and the Imperiled Child
On social media and in our newsfeeds and mailboxes, fundraising campaigns featuring needy or suffering children confront us on a daily basis. They seek to grab our attention, stimulate empathy, prick our moral conscience, and open our wallets for a good cause. Modern humanitarianism and photographic technologies emerged in the 19th century and came of age together. But when did humanitarian campaigns first begin to feature children? How do these images address their audiences, and why does this focus persist? During this seminar, Dr. Fehrenbach will consider the history of humanitarianism through the lens of the camera and its focus on the child. History suggests that while depictions of children-in-need may appear static and predictable, for over a century they have been deployed in various ways for a surprising array of political agendas. Learn more at http://facdev.niu.edu/botp2015fall

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