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2015 Teaching with Technology Institute
Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
At this year's Teaching with Technology Institute: Technology for High Impact Practices, you will explore technology tools, resources, and educational practices that you can use to support student success and personal development. Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center staff will guide you through hands-on experiences to discover the potential and best practices for combining technology and HIPs in your teaching. More detail are available at http://niu.edu/facdev/programs/20150604.shtml
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Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 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 Blackboard's layout and navigation. In addition, participants will add materials to a sample Blackboard course, use classroom collaboration tools, and request their own Blackboard courses. Prerequisites: knowledge of Web browsing and basic computing skills. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Introduction to Live Online Classes Using Blackboard Collaborate
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
Many faculty consider live, personal interaction to be the most valuable element of quality teaching and learning experiences. Blackboard Collaborate is an online collaboration tool that integrates seamlessly with Blackboard, allowing faculty to conduct live class sessions with students online. During this online workshop, attendees will receive an overview of the features of Blackboard Collaborate, and will be shown the step-by-step process for creating and managing Blackboard Collaborate sessions within Blackboard. Advance registration is required.
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Designing or Revising a Course
Thursday, June 11, 2015 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 Open Lab
Thursday, June 18, 2015 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** Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course
Friday, June 19, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
This online workshop is a follow-up to the Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard workshop. We will cover the specifics of building a course in Blackboard, including personalizing course navigation, setting up a materials-delivery structure and creating discussion areas. 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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Blackboard Tune-Up
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

The Blackboard Learn 9.1 April 2014 Release delivers helpful enhancements to existing tools and a few exciting new tools. For example, the new Portfolio tool will entirely replace the legacy portfolio tool currently available, in addition to an enhancement of the Assignment and SafeAssignment Integration. Entirely new tools include  the Anonymous and Delegated grading feature, as well as the Student Preview feature that provides faculty with the ability to easily see the course exactly how a student would see it.  Join us to see the updated interface and new features first-hand. Advance registration is required. 


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Writing Goals and Objectives
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 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
Monday, July 6, 2015 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 Blackboard's layout and navigation. In addition, participants will add materials to a sample Blackboard course, use classroom collaboration tools, and request their own Blackboard courses. Prerequisites: knowledge of Web browsing and basic computing skills. Advance registration is required.
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Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
This hands-on workshop is a follow-up to the Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard workshop. We will cover the specifics of building 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. 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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Applying the Quality Matters Rubric
Thursday, July 9, 2015 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 http://www.niu.edu/facdev/programs/20150415.shtml. Advance registration is required.
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**NEW - ONLINE** Anonymous & Delegated Grading
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM | Location: Online
Want to add another layer of fairness and impartiality to your grading? Interested in dividing up grading tasks among your TAs or others? Now you can with Blackboard's new anonymous grading and delegated grading features! Without knowing who submitted an assignment, you are not unduly influenced by a student's previous performance, class participation, conflicts, race, gender, or perceived student aptitude. Similarly, using grades and feedback from more than one grader helps to promote reliability and remove bias in your assessments. Come discover more about the use of these powerful new features in your course! Advanced registration required.
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**NEW** Blackboard Portfolios
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Electronic portfolios enable students and faculty to assemble, present, and share information online for documenting academic growth, career evaluation, and course preparation. The all-new 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 recently redesigned Blackboard Portfolio tool. Advance registration is required.
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Developing a Course Syllabus
Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Developing an effective course syllabus is essential for a successful course. The syllabus acts as a road map to help students navigate the course. Since The syllabus is often one of the first means of communication between the instructor and students, it sets the tone for the entire semester. The ultimate goal of a well-designed syllabus is to inform students about what is expected of them throughout the semester by outlining content, policies and due dates. In this blended workshop, we will discuss key elements of a course syllabus, design possibilities and provide a checklist to help create a well-organized and complete course syllabus. This workshop will be simulcast, so be sure to register for either the face-to-face or online format. Advance registration required.
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Video Everywhere: Enhancing Communication Online Using Blackboard
Monday, July 20, 2015 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
The Video Everywhere tool in Blackboard can augment communication between faculty, student, and course content. Video Everywhere allows users to record video anywhere in Blackboard that the text box editor is available. In this hands-on workshop, participants will discuss the pedagogical rational of incorporating this tool in their course, examine strategies for implementation, review best practices, and create and post their own video content.
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**ONLINE** Blackboard Assessment Tools
Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
The survey and testing features in Blackboard offer faculty a variety of useful options for online assessment. In this online workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore the various testing tools, create quizzes using a range of questions types, and experiment with creating test and survey pools. We will discuss strategies for reducing online testing errors as well as issues involving academic concerns with online testing. Advance registration is required.
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**NEW** Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) to Jumpstart the Semester
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) are small, informal assessment practices that simultaneously engage students and help us collect information about their learning. In this workshop we will discuss tips and strategies for how to incorporate these quick but meaningful assessment techniques in our teaching and how to use the information to benefit both teaching and student learning. Participants will experience several CATs and will walk away with a range of CATs that can be immediately used to jumpstart the semester and beyond. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Ensuring Quality in Your Online Course
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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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Fall 2015 Teaching Effectiveness Institute - Fundamental Principles of Instruction
Thursday, August 13, 2015 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 http://facdev.niu.edu/tei15day1
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Fall 2015 Teaching Effectiveness Institute - Expanding Your Feedback Toolkit: Collecting Student Feedback, Conducting Classroom Observations, and Having the Important Conversations
Friday, August 14, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
As faculty, we often reflect on student feedback as we're planning and revising our courses, but students' comments aren't always as constructive as they could be. It can be tempting to dismiss students' contradictory comments, and it can be hard to find changes you're convinced you should make. This interactive workshop seeks to improve your feedback toolkit. First, we'll look at how to collect mid-semester feedback from students that is actionable and concrete, and we'll evaluate different options for responding to student input. Second, we'll consider how faculty can provide informed feedback to one another through classroom observations. We'll look at a variety of best practices for classroom observations and we'll tackle the most common roadblocks. More details at http://facdev.niu.edu/tei15day2.
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Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Monday, August 17, 2015 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 Blackboard's layout and navigation. In addition, participants will add materials to a sample Blackboard course, use classroom collaboration tools, and request their own Blackboard courses. Prerequisites: knowledge of Web browsing and basic computing skills. Advance registration is required.
Register here!

Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Friday, August 21, 2015 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 Blackboard's layout and navigation. In addition, participants will add materials to a sample Blackboard course, use classroom collaboration tools, and request their own Blackboard courses. Prerequisites: knowledge of Web browsing and basic computing skills. Advance registration is required.
Register here!

Blackboard Open Lab
Monday, August 24, 2015 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

Blackboard Open Lab
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 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
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Many faculty consider live, personal interaction to be the most valuable element of quality teaching and learning experiences. Blackboard Collaborate is an online collaboration tool that integrates seamlessly with Blackboard, allowing faculty to conduct live class sessions with students online. During this hands-on workshop, participants will receive an overview of the features of Blackboard Collaborate and step-by-step assistance with creating and managing Blackboard Collaborate sessions within Blackboard. Advance registration is required.
Register here!

Blackboard Open Lab
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 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

Using PowerPoint Interactively to Engage and Motivate Students
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Now that you have used PowerPoint to outline lectures and visually present information, learn how to create dynamic, interactive PowerPoint slides that can motivate and engage students. In this hands-on workshop, participants will construct a progressive series of PowerPoint slides that will illustrate a number of engaging, interactive, and focused strategies beyond simple projection of lecture notes. Advance registration is necessary.
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Blackboard Tune-Up
Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
The Blackboard Learn 9.1 April 2014 Release delivers helpful enhancements to existing tools and a few exciting new tools. For example, the new Portfolio tool will entirely replace the legacy portfolio tool currently available, in addition to an enhancement of the Assignment and SafeAssignment Integration. Entirely new tools include  the Anonymous and Delegated grading feature, as well as the Student Preview feature that provides faculty with the ability to easily see the course exactly how a student would see it.  Join us to see the updated interface and new features first-hand. Advance registration is required. 
Register here!

Blackboard Open Lab
Thursday, August 27, 2015 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

Blackboard Open Lab
Friday, August 28, 2015 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