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Blackboard Open Lab: Calculating and Submitting Final Grades
Thursday, December 8, 2016 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

Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course
Friday, December 9, 2016 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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**ONLINE** Quality Online Course Series: Getting Students Started
Monday, December 12, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
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 a Course Syllabus
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 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, 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 complete and well-organized course syllabus. Advance registration required.
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Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Wednesday, January 11, 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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Spring 2017 Teaching Effectiveness Institute - The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotions
Thursday, January 12, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Traditional views of education assume that reason should reign over emotion, and that the classroom should be a quiet, dispassionate space where students and instructors impartially engage with facts, figures, and theories. However, the field of education is beginning to awaken to the power of emotions to capture attention, mobilize efforts, and enhance memory.  In this interactive workshop, Sarah Rose Cavanagh will bring to bear a wide range of evidence from the study of education, psychology, and neuroscience to suggest that targeting emotions in your presentation style, course design, and assignments is a highly potent teaching strategy. More details at http://facdev.niu.edu/tei17spring.
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Clickers in the Classroom
Friday, January 13, 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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Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course
Tuesday, January 17, 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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Blackboard Open Lab
Wednesday, January 18, 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

Paperless Assessment of Student Performance with Blackboard Tools
Wednesday, January 18, 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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Blackboard Open Lab
Thursday, January 19, 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** Best Practices for Delivering an Online Course
Friday, January 20, 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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Designing Effective Assessments
Monday, January 23, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Quality assessment is more than assigning a grade to your students. Truly effective assessments determine how much knowledge the student has and how well he or she can utilize that knowledge. Also, in addition to providing an evaluation of student progress, assessment can be used throughout the semester to guide instructional decisions. In this workshop, we will discuss multiple ways that assessment can be used within a course, a variety of assessment options, and some guidelines for designing effective assessments. Advance registration is required.
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Managing Student Grades with the Blackboard Grade Center
Tuesday, January 24, 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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**NEW** Creative Uses of Video in your Blackboard Course
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Video content is an increasingly common way to enhance your course content. In this hands-on workshop, you will explore how video can be used in your courses, such as faculty-generated video to supplement content or student-created videos for course assignments. Using MEDIAL (formerly Helix Media Library), you will also learn how you and your students can easily create videos directly from a webcam and share them with each other on NIU’s secure video-streaming server. Prerequisites: Blackboard I or previous experience using Blackboard.
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**ONLINE** Quality Online Course Series: Course Activities & Student Engagement
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
How do you encourage students to be fully engaged in an online course? By designing engaging and active courses, which foster interaction with you, the other students, and the content. In this online workshop, you will be introduced to some strategies to build learning activities which connect to your course objectives, as well as engage students in their own learning. Advance registration is required.
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