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**ONLINE** Quality Online Teaching Series: Managing the Online Teaching Workload
Monday, November 27, 2017 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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Student Collaboration with Blackboard Groups
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Student group work can be an effective component in meeting and enhancing your course objectives. Unfortunately, the logistics of forming, supporting, and assessing groups can also present significant challenges. In this workshop, we will explore Blackboard's group feature and discuss related tools and strategies in order to address some of the more common difficulties when working with groups.
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**NEW** Using Office 365 Groups to Enhance Student Collaboration
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
There are many ways to facilitate student collaboration for learning activities. One suite of tools available to students is the Groups function in Office 365. The range and variety of its tools can facilitate collaboration, communication, and connection. In this hands-on workshop, participants will explore O365 Groups functionality, including the use of group email, conversations, sharing documents, simultaneously editing documents, and managing group tasks and responsibilities. Advance registration is required.
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Using Advance Organizers to Help Students Construct Meaning
Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Advance organizers are instructional tools that illustrate relationships between concepts, terms, or ideas connected to a learning task. Although advance organizers may be referred to as concept maps, story maps, or graphic organizers, they all follow a similar practice in which introductory material, presented as text, graphics, or hypermedia, act as frameworks for further content. Advance organizers can help students organize ideas, understand new content, solve problems, as well as plan research and increase recall. Workshop participants will practice using a range of advance organizers that are applicable across all learning disciplines. Advance registration is required.
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**NEW** Recording Lectures with Microsoft PowerPoint
Friday, December 1, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Share instruction content with your students using embedded video, screen recordings, and interactive quizzes 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 features and use cases for using the Recording tab in PowerPoint.
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**ONLINE** Quality Online Course Series: Getting Students Started
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Getting started . . . at last? Now that you have designed a high quality online course based on the other standards, you are ready to introduce it to your students. Set the right tone and support student success by helping them get started with a welcome, a course tour, or a navigation guide. In this workshop you will explore best practices for introducing your course structure to your students and building community. Advance registration is required.
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Designing or Revising a Course
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
A number of important factors should be considered when designing or revising a course: What to teach, the methods and strategies used to teach, and how to make certain that learning is actually taking place. Approaching these factors and asking questions such as “What content can I cut?” and “What are the most effective ways I can incorporate activities?” can lead to organized and meaningful instruction. Participants will create a list of tips and techniques that can be immediately used as they develop or revise a course. Advance registration is required.
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Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Thursday, December 7, 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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Calculating Final Grades with the Blackboard Grade Center
Friday, December 8, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
The Blackboard Grade Center is a useful tool for tracking student grades and helping students understand their progress throughout the semester, but it can also efficiently calculate final grades. NIU Faculty can then use the Grade Submission tool to publish grades from the Grade Center directly to MyNIU, saving even more time. In this hands-on workshop, we will discuss how to calculate final grades, including how to use the weighted total feature, share best practices, and answer questions about specific grading systems. Prerequisites: Attendance at Managing Student Grades with the Blackboard Grade Center or previous experience using the Grade Center. Advance registration is required.
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Reflecting on Your Teaching and Professional Development
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 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.
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Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 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: Calculating and Submitting Final Grades
Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Adams Hall, Room 323
At the end of the semester, there is a short window to calculate grades and submit them by the due date. The Blackboard Grade Center can help you calculate final grades quickly, and at NIU, faculty can also use the Blackboard Grade Submission Tool to publish grades from the Blackboard Grade Center directly to MyNIU, saving time and reducing the opportunity for data entry errors. The tool works with master courses, too! During this open lab, staff from the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center will be available for you to ask questions individually about how grades are calculated and how to submit them automatically. And, if you already have grading done, you can submit while you are here! No advance registration is required.
Walk-In, No Registration Required