Reflecting on Our Teaching and Professional Development
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Reflecting upon what and how we teach can help us identify not only ways to improve our teaching but pinpoints our strengths and skills. And reflecting on our professional development can help us to improve our teaching. Reflection is the core pillar of professional development and encompasses a wide variety of activities from reading the literature to networking and peer teaching. In this workshop we will discuss ways to reflect and self-assess our teaching practices and options to develop and improve those practices. Advance registration is required.
Applying the Quality Matters Rubric
Wednesday, February 17, 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/feb17appqmr. Advance registration is required.
National Science Foundation Faculty Student Diversity Seminar
Friday, February 19, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
| Location: Holmes Student Center, Regency Room
"Broadening Contexts to Broaden Participation in Engineering"
Morgan Hynes, Ph.D.
School of Engineering Education
Much work has been done and is being done to increase the number and diversity of students choosing an engineering and science career pathways. The evaluation of various curricular and programmatic interventions aimed at improving students’ attitudes and beliefs about engineering have documented success in the form of increased positive gains. However, the numbers of students choosing engineering and science career pathways has not seen any significant change.
In this interactive presentation, Dr. Hynes will present his hypothesis that current engineering education outreach activities have done a great job at appealing to students’ situational interests, but not such a great job at appealing to diverse students’ personal interests. The presentation will include discussion of data from a study on students’ interests and understandings of engineering, a framework for engineering activities that integrate students’ personal interests, and rich examples of such activities.
Dr. Morgan Hynes is an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University and Director of the FACE Lab research group (engineering.purdue.edu/facelab). In his research, Hynes explores the use of engineering to integrate academic subjects in K-12 classrooms. Specific research interests include how broad contexts for engineering activities can appeal to a more diverse group of students; how pre-college students engage in engineering design practices; and; the relationships among the attitudes, beliefs, motivation, cognitive skills, and engineering skills of K-16 engineering learners. He currently serves as the chair of the American Society of Engineering Education’s (ASEE) Pre-College Engineering Education Division’s Diversity Committee, and Thought Leader for Pre-College Engineering Engagement for the National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Administrators (NAMEPA). He is an NSF CAREER recipient for his project titled, Broadening Contexts to Motivate Engagement in Engineering.
The National Science Foundation PROMISE Scholars Program is a campus-wide intuitive design to encourage new freshmen and sophomore students who are undecided about their major or enrolled in a STEM major to select STEM as a career choice. To date, PROMISE has recruited 180 plus to participate in STEM engagement activities through the assistance of the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and three campus support offices, CHANCE Program, Academic Advising Center, and Career Services.
Please RSVP by February 12, 2016 to PROMISE_Scholars@niu.edu or call 815-753-7905.
**NEW** Using Social Media for Faculty, Part 2: Creating Your Social Media Presence
Friday, February 19, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Social media is ubiquitous in our society. Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, YouTube, Instagram, and many more are common tools, and you may use one or more of these already to connect with family, friends, and colleagues. Social media can also be a powerful tool for you to connect with other academics, help students build their personal networks, promote your research, and advance your academic career.
In this two-part series, NIU faculty and staff will share why and how they have used social media as an academic. Part 2 is hands-on and focuses on tips for using specific social media networks, including those designed specifically for the needs of faculty members. More information is available at http://facdev.niu.edu/social2016.
**ONLINE** Quality Online Course Series: Promoting Learning with Technology
Monday, February 22, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
| Location: Online
In an online course, technology is necessary for connecting with students, engaging them in learning, and assessing their knowledge. It's important to choose the right tools that support the learning objectives but are also obtainable and suitable for student use. In this online workshop, you will learn how to ensure technology in an online course supports learning and discover some tools you can incorporate into an online course. Advance registration is required.
**NEW - ONLINE** Universal Design for Learning: Part I - Multiple Means of Engagement
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
| Location: Online
Contemporary classrooms include a more diverse mix of students than ever before - 21st century students bring a wide variety of interests, skills and expectations to the classroom. Are you looking for new ways to connect with students and engage them in your classes? Have you wondered about techniques for motivating students in your classes? During the first session of the new 3-part online series we will introduce the concepts of Universal Design for Learning, which focus on designing instruction that is usable by all students. Strategies for engaging and motivating students will also be discussed.
Presidential Teaching Professor Seminar: Dr. Charles Downing, Department of Operations Management and Information Systems
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
| Location: Holmes Student Center, University Suite
Operations Management and Information Systems
In challenging fiscal times, larger class section sizes often become more common. As the number of students enrolled in a course section increases, one way to continue to deliver a quality educational experience for our students is through the creative use of technology. This seminar will present and discuss various technology-based methods Dr. Downing has used to attempt to maintain impact (quality educational experience) while increasing reach (number of students per section). Techniques discussed will include clickers, web-based operationalization of students helping students, media-rich interactive online materials, event credit, and student produced video tutorials. Learn more at http://facdev.niu.edu/ptp2016spring
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
Getting Started with Adobe Presenter
Thursday, February 25, 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.
Interactive Rubrics: Providing Consistent and Quality Feedback in Blackboard Courses
Friday, February 26, 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 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.