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Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course
Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 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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Introduction to Live Online Classes Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Tuesday, January 23, 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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**NEW - ONLINE** Strategies for Engaging Students in the Classroom
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
With smart phones, laptops, social media, family, friends and jobs to distract them, many students have difficulty focusing in the classroom. We know, however, that students who are actively engaged in the classroom are likely to learn more and retain information longer. Because of this, it is important to incorporate activities for getting students fully engaged with course content. In this online workshop we will discuss and practice strategies to engage students which can be implemented in both large and small classes. Advance registration is required.
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Managing Student Grades with the Blackboard Grade Center
Friday, January 26, 2018 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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**ONLINE** Quality Online Course Series: Course Activities & Student Engagement
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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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Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 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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Rubrics for Meaningful Assessment and Evaluation
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Because grading may be considered one of the most time consuming, frustrating, and sometimes dreaded aspects of teaching, learning how to develop and use rubrics can help you grade more objectively, save grading time, and assist students in preparing assignments. Workshop participants will create their own rubric that can be adapted for any assignment or task. Advance registration is required.
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Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course
Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 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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Applying the Quality Matters Rubric
Friday, February 9, 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/20180209. Advance registration is required.
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Presidential Teaching Professor Seminar: Dr. Jim Young, Department of Accountancy
Monday, February 12, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Holmes Student Center, University Suite
The Presidential Teaching Professor Award is the highest honor a faculty member can receive at NIU for outstanding contributions to teaching. Each fall and spring semester one Presidential Teaching Professor award recipient to share his or her teaching experience and expertise. Join us for this presentation by Dr. Jim Young, Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Accountancy.

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

Interactive Rubrics: Providing Consistent and Quality Feedback in Blackboard Courses
Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 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 interactive 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.
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**ONLINE** Designing Effective Assessments
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 from 12:00 PM 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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Getting Started with Adobe Presenter
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 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 to be 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 will also discover how to implement highly interactive features into their presentations like feedback forms, surveys, and quizzes. Participants are encouraged to bring existing PowerPoint files to work with during the workshop. Advance registration is required.
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Designing and Delivering Effective PowerPoint Presentations
Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
You don’t need to be a graphic designer or an artist to create great looking PowerPoint slides. However, it helps to know fundamental design and presentation principles to better relay your intended message to your audience. In this interactive workshop we will first evaluate the effectiveness of an existing PowerPoint presentation using a visual design appraisal checklist. Workshop participants will then create their own presentations following sound design and presentation principles. Bring an existing PowerPoint presentation for a friendly critique. Experience using Microsoft PowerPoint is required. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Quality Online Course Series: Promoting Learning with Technology
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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.
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Engaged Learning, Teaching and Scholarship Conference
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM | Location: Holmes Student Center
Join us for the first Engaged Learning, Teaching and Scholarship conference at NIU, to share best practices and celebrating the many ways that faculty and staff collaborate with regional partners and engage students using high-impact pedagogies and experiences. Registration is free and open to everyone. Learn more at go.niu.edu/elts
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