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Clickers in the Classroom
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 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 2017 Teaching Effectiveness Institute - Fundamental Principles of Instruction
Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM | Location: Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room
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 facdev.niu.edu/tei17day1.
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Fall 2017 Teaching Effectiveness Institute - Team-Based Learning: A Transformative Strategy for Your Courses
Friday, August 18, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM | Location: Holmes Student Center, Regency Room

In this workshop you will explore what a team-based learning (TBL) course looks like and how TBL strategies harness the power of highly effective teams of students for broader, deeper, and longer lasting gains. Specifically, you will:

  • learn the elements of an effective team-based learning course
  • make the specific changes in a syllabus that would make your course truly TBL
  • customize organizational templates for use in a TBL version of your course
  • evaluate a TBL outline or activity that you have already developed for use in your team-based learning course
  • understand how team-based learning is an ideal strategy for flipped courses.
More details are available at facdev.niu.edu/tei17day2.
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Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Monday, August 21, 2017 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 2017 Teaching Assistant Orientation
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 8:00 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/tao17
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Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Friday, August 25, 2017 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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Electronic Portfolios: Using the Blackboard Portfolio Tool
Friday, August 25, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 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 Open Lab
Monday, August 28, 2017 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.
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Blackboard Open Lab
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 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 29, 2017 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 Open Lab
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 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
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 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 Ultra 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. In this hands-on workshop, you will be able to try the features of Collaborate Ultra first-hand, no previous experience needed. Advance registration required.
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Blackboard Open Lab
Thursday, August 31, 2017 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

**NEW** Ways to Group and Partner Students
Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Students who work in pairs or groups are more actively engaged in the learning process where they verbalize ideas, share authentic discussions, and listen to one another. But getting students into these pairs and groups can be challenging and sometimes time consuming. In this workshop we will discuss and practice with techniques to arrange students in planned and spontaneous ways for meaningful collaborative learning. Come prepared to move around!
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Blackboard Open Lab
Friday, September 1, 2017 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
Friday, September 1, 2017 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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Writing Goals and Objectives
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 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 I: Introduction to Blackboard
Thursday, September 7, 2017 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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Tips to Engage Critical Thinkers & Writers - Transform Your Course Now! Improve Students' Reading Skills Through Writing
Friday, September 8, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
This workshop is part of the series: Tips to Engage Critical Thinkers & Writers - Transform Your Course Now!, presented by Brad Peters, Department of English.

How do we help students grapple with complex texts? Discover techniques that make students better readers—and writers. Advance registration is required.
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Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course
Monday, September 11, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 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.
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Dynamic Classroom Discussions
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 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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Getting Started with Adobe Presenter
Thursday, September 14, 2017 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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Applying the Quality Matters Rubric
Friday, September 15, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
The Quality Matters (QM) Rubric identifies the characteristics of high-quality online courses that promote engagement and support student learning, based on an extensive body of research on online learning. In this day-long workshop, you will learn about the QM Rubric and its use in reviewing the design of online and blended courses by discussing the standards and conducting a partial course review. It is intended for a broad audience, including but not limited to faculty, instructors, instructional designers, and administrators who wish to understand more about the QM process and perhaps become QM Peer Reviewers. Learn more at facdev.niu.edu/20170915appqmr. Advance registration is required. 
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Paperless Assessment of Student Performance with Blackboard Tools
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Blackboard Learn can handle a variety of student assessment approaches including use of online testing and a range of assignment options. But did you know that using electronic assessments is also greener, and cheaper for students? By reducing the amount of printing that students are required to do, you can reduce the amount of paper and toner used, which is better for the environment. And, because students pay 7 cents per page they print, submitting paper copies of assignments can become expensive.

In this workshop, you will learn how to build surveys and tests, create electronic assignments, review student work for plagiarism, and develop grading rubrics. All of these tools provide opportunities for students to demonstrate what they have learned, and help you provide valuable feedback to students on their learning. 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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Connecting Knowledge Organization Structures and Learning
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 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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Managing Student Grades with the Blackboard Grade Center
Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
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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Tips to Engage Critical Thinkers & Writers - Transform Your Course Now! Design Short Writing Assignments that Work
Friday, September 22, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
This workshop is part of the series: Tips to Engage Critical Thinkers & Writers - Transform Your Course Now!, presented by Brad Peters, Department of English.

What are alternatives to the dreaded term paper? Improve students' written skills and mastery of course content with short assignments you'll enjoy grading. Advance registration is required.
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Trello: Project Management for the Classroom
Monday, September 25, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Trying to get 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 can be 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 anyone can learn. In this session, discover the features, implementations, and advantages of Trello for the classroom; and get some experience with the service. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Best Practices for Delivering an Online Course
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 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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Gagne's Nine Events of Instruction
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Designing teaching strategies in a more prescriptive rather than a hit and miss approach can lead to effective and meaningful instruction. In this workshop, we will present Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction and ways to implement these events when preparing instruction or the semester ahead. Learn how to sequence instruction based on expected intellectual skills to be learned by students and how to prepare different instructional approaches for different learning outcomes. Advance registration is required.
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Board of Trustees Professor Seminar: Dr. Laura Vazquez, Department of Communication
Thursday, September 28, 2017 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 Dr. Laura Vazquez, Board of Trustees Professor in the Department of Communication.

No registration is required--Everyone is welcome! Refreshments from 11:30 am - 12:00 pm, Presentation from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm.
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