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Recording Lectures with Microsoft PowerPoint
Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Create instructional videos from the comfort of the software you know and love: PowerPoint! Get ready to take your slides to the next level. In this workshop we will explore the advanced features of PowerPoint to turn your presentations into engaging videos. Advance registration is required.
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Online Teaching Symposium
Friday, June 1, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
The Online Teaching Symposium is an opportunity for us to showcase the achievements of our outstanding faculty and instructors who have been teaching online, and to come together to share practices and learn from one another. The Symposium will include a keynote on Humanizing Online Learning by Dr. Michelle Pacansky-Brock, a noted leader in online education, and feature NIU faculty through a series of panels on key themes in online teaching and learning. Learn more at go.niu.edu/ots
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Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 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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**ONLINE** Quality Online Teaching Series: Best Practices for Delivering an Online Course
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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 and discover practical strategies you can implement in your own online courses. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Tips for Successful Virtual Class Sessions
Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Web conferencing systems like Blackboard Collaborate or Adobe Connect are powerful tools for live, synchronous communication online. However, delivering a virtual lecture or facilitating a live online discussion can feel like learning to drive a stick-shift car. Managing content, students, and software simultaneously can be overwhelming. In this online workshop, we will discuss ways to make virtual class sessions smoother, from planning through delivery and follow-up. Please note: This session will not cover technical aspects of using any particular web conferencing system. Advance registration is required.
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**NEW - ONLINE** What's New in Blackboard?
Monday, June 11, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Our May 2018 Blackboard upgrade migrated us from our local servers to Blackboard’s cloud hosting (SaaS) and allowed us to adopt the Q2 2018 Release. The upgrade is largely behind-the-scenes, to reduce the costs of running Blackboard and continue to provide a stable and reliable teaching and learning environment. There are some exciting new features, as well, including a new tool to record attendance and include it in grade calculations, and some enhancements to existing tools. Join us to learn more about what’s new in this upgrade! Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Quality Online Teaching Series: Managing the Online Teaching Workload
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
We often tell students that they need to be organized to manage their workload when they take an online course. But, it is even more important for you to manage your own time when teaching an online course. The lack of pre-defined, scheduled class times, combined with navigating the tools for online grading and communication can make it feel overwhelming. This workshop will introduce you to some strategies for keeping up with the course, techniques that can save you time, and best practices to manage student expectations of you, including some simple suggestions for saving time and increasing your efficiency. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Online Teaching Office Hours
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: go.niu.edu/2018-office-hour
Online Teaching Virtual Office Hours is an excellent opportunity for faculty and staff to ask specific questions about Online Teaching. Staff from the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center will be on hand to address your questions individually. Drop-In only, no registration is required.

**ONLINE** Feedback Strategies for Your Online Course
Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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.
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Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course
Friday, June 15, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
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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Blackboard Open Lab
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 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** Online Teaching Office Hours
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: go.niu.edu/2018-office-hour
Online Teaching Virtual Office Hours is an excellent opportunity for faculty and staff to ask specific questions about Online Teaching. Staff from the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center will be on hand to address your questions individually. Drop-In only, no registration is required.

Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 1:30 PM to 4:30 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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Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course
Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
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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Introduction to Live Online Classes Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 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 is required.
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Designing a Course Syllabus
Thursday, July 19, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
The course syllabus is an essential component of your course and should be thorough, precise, and clear. Since the syllabus is often one of the first means of communication between you and your students, it should set the tone for the entire semester. The ultimate goal of a well-designed syllabus, therefore, is to inform students about what is expected of them throughout the semester by outlining content, requirements, policies, and due dates. In essence, the syllabus acts as a road map to help students navigate the course. In this workshop, we will discuss key elements of a course syllabus, possibilities for design layout, and provide a checklist to help you create a well-organized and complete course syllabus. Advance registration required.
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Building Classroom Games and Simulations
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
In this hand-on workshop we will create and share engaging educational games and simulations using inexpensive materials. Learn about game mechanics and how to relate them to your course content. Explore how games can help your students learn through cooperation, strategy, competition, and creativity! Breathe a new energy into your most difficult course topics or bring your own gaming or simulation ideas to life. Have a game that you’ve already created? Come show it off! Advance registration is required.
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Applying the Quality Matters Rubric
Thursday, July 26, 2018 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/20180726. Advance registration is required.
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**NEW - ONLINE** What's New in Blackboard?
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Our May 2018 Blackboard upgrade migrated us from our local servers to Blackboard’s cloud hosting (SaaS) and allowed us to adopt the Q2 2018 Release. The upgrade is largely behind-the-scenes, to reduce the costs of running Blackboard and continue to provide a stable and reliable teaching and learning environment. There are some exciting new features, as well, including a new tool to record attendance and include it in grade calculations, and some enhancements to existing tools. Join us to learn more about what’s new in this upgrade! Advance registration is required.
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Fall 2018 Teaching Effectiveness Institute - Fundamental Principles of Instruction
Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
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 go.niu.edu/tei18day1.
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Fall 2018 Teaching Effectiveness Institute - Teaching the Selfie Generation
Friday, August 17, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
In this workshop you will explore the characteristics of the latest generation of students entering our classrooms today, engage in interactive group discussion, and experience some quick exercises to model teaching strategies for our current students. Specifically, you will:

  • identify the group of students known as the “selfie generation”;
  • explore some of the characteristics attributed to millennial or post-millennial learners;
  • complete a quiz designed to locate oneself in a list of different generations;
  • engage in individual reflection and group discussion;
  • join in several quick exercises designed to model teaching strategies for our current students.
More details are available at go.niu.edu/tei18day2am.
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Fall 2018 Teaching Effectiveness Institute - Critical Reflection in Enhancing Student Learning
Friday, August 17, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
In this workshop you will: 1) share a variety of ideas for how to embrace reflection to improve student learning through practical strategies that can be implemented in courses across disciplines and in out-of-class experiences; 2) engage in collaborative group work designed to foster conversation and open exchange of different teaching methods in diverse academic areas; 3) simulate some of the reflective exercises and will reflect themselves to help generate a list of additional tips to add to suggestions such as learning portfolios, online feedback tools, journals, learning logs, classroom assessment exercises, and others. More details are available at go.niu.edu/tei18day2pm.
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