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Blackboard Open Lab
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Adams Hall, Room 323
Blackboard Open Lab is an excellent opportunity for faculty, staff, and TAs to ask specific questions about Blackboard. Staff from the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center will be on hand to address your questions individually. We cannot provide an overview of Blackboard at this session, but will be happy to answer specific questions about using Blackboard. No advance registration required.
Walk-In, No Registration Required

**ONLINE** Multimedia Sampler
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
This online workshop introduces an assortment of multimedia tools that faculty can use to enhance their teaching skill set. Topics will include video/audio capture/editing, streaming video, integrating digital images to enhance PowerPoint presentations, short focused tutorials, web-conferencing, incorporating portable video devices into your course, screencasting, and multimedia integration into Blackboard. Please note, that while this workshop is not hands-on, participants will be able to determine which subsequent workshops would be most useful for them.
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Blackboard Open Lab
Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Adams Hall, Room 323
Blackboard Open Lab is an excellent opportunity for faculty, staff, and TAs to ask specific questions about Blackboard. Staff from the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center will be on hand to address your questions individually. We cannot provide an overview of Blackboard at this session, but will be happy to answer specific questions about using Blackboard. No advance registration required.
Walk-In, No Registration Required

Introduction to Live Online Classes Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Many faculty consider live, personal interaction to be the most valuable element of quality teaching and learning experiences. Blackboard Collaborate is web conferencing/collaboration tool that faculty and students rely on to provide opportunities for live interaction and personal connection in online and blended courses. Blackboard recently released an updated version of Blackboard Collaborate, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, which offers a modern and streamlined user-friendly interface, improved audio and video quality, and easy-to-use application sharing. In this hands-on workshop, you will be able to try the new Collaborate Ultra first-hand. You do not need any previous experience with Blackboard Collaborate to quickly learn to present and communicate with Collaborate Ultra. Advance registration required.
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Blackboard Open Lab
Friday, August 26, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Adams Hall, Room 323
Blackboard Open Lab is an excellent opportunity for faculty, staff, and TAs to ask specific questions about Blackboard. Staff from the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center will be on hand to address your questions individually. We cannot provide an overview of Blackboard at this session, but will be happy to answer specific questions about using Blackboard. No advance registration required.
Walk-In, No Registration Required

**ONLINE** Ensuring Quality in Your Online Course
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
How do you know if your online course is good? More importantly, how do you make it better? In this workshop, you will learn about why quality is important and how to create more student-centered online courses by using the Quality Matters rubric (a nationally-recognized benchmark for online course design based on research-supported best practices). After the workshop, you will be prepared to develop or improve an online course that is designed to promote student learning. Advance registration is required.
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Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Tuesday, September 6, 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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Writing Goals and Objectives
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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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Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course
Thursday, September 8, 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 on a CD. Advance registration is required.
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**NEW** Successful Student Writing Series: Improving Students' Reading Skills through Writing
Friday, September 9, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Acquaint yourself with the best strategies to help students grapple with complex texts. In this workshop you will discover several techniques that make students better readers—and writers. Advance registration is required.
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Board of Trustees Professor Seminar: Dr. Xhi-Li Xiao, Department of Physics
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room
Tiny Structures, Big Opportunity: Exploration in the Nano World
Imagine something so small that it's one thousand times smaller than the diameter of your hair. Then consider the ability to make and manipulate something that small to solve problems and create new products. That is in fact what is happening in the nano world – a scientific frontier with federal research funding of $1.5 billion in 2015. During this seminar, Dr. Xiao will share more details regarding the opportunities for engaging students in nanoresearch. Learn more at http://go.niu.edu/botp16fall

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

Designing Effective Assessments
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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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Applying the Quality Matters Rubric
Thursday, September 15, 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/sep15appqmr. Advance registration is required. 
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Blackboard Assessment Tools
Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 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.
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**NEW - ONLINE** Teaching with Office 365
Friday, September 16, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
All NIU faculty and staff have access to Microsoft for Education, a comprehensive service that provides email; calendars; Microsoft Office applications for both work and personal use; OneDrive for cloud storage; Skype for business for IM, audio, and video communication; plus much more. Starting August 11, 2016, student email will migrate to Office 365 from Gmail. This means faculty, staff, and students can easily share files, work collaboratively on a single document, and communicate easily with one another. In this online workshop, we will explore a variety of Office 365 tools that can facilitate collaboration and engagement in our courses and discuss the impact virtual collaboration can have on teaching and learning. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Best Practices for Delivering an Online Course
Monday, September 19, 2016 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. In this online workshop will discover practical strategies you can implement in your own online courses. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Trello: Project Management for the Classroom
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM | Location: Online
Trying to get our students to work collaboratively can be a major challenge. "Who is responsible for what?" "Hey, when is this due?" "What do we need for this?" These questions are often solved through the use of project management software, but many are too expensive and complicated for students to dependably use. Enter Trello: the intuitive, free project management solution that almost anyone can learn. In this online session, discover the features, implementations, and advantages of Trello for the classroom; and get some hands-on experience with the service. Advance registration is required.
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Managing Student Grades with the Blackboard Grade Center
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 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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Getting Started with Adobe Presenter
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 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 are encouraged to bring existing PowerPoint files to work with during the workshop. Advance registration is required.
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Dynamic Classroom Discussions
Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Classroom discussions can help students better understand content, take a more active role in their learning, and foster a sense of community. This workshop will answer the question, “why have discussions?” and will highlight ways to design and use classroom discussions to create a dynamic teaching and learning experience. Advance registration is required.
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**NEW** Successful Student Writing Series: Designing Short Writing Assignments that Work
Friday, September 23, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
In this workshop, find interesting and fun alternatives to the dreaded term paper! Students can improve their written skills and mastery of course content through shorter assignments that you’ll actually want to grade. Advance registration is required.
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**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.
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