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**ONLINE** Quality Online Course Series: Course Activities & Student Engagement
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 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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**NEW-ONLINE** Bridging Generation Gaps in the Classroom
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
The last cohort of traditional-age college Millennials has graduated, and now the oldest cohort of Generation Z students have taken their place in our classrooms. Discover how to provide students across generations with an enriching and meaningful learning experience through evidence-based teaching practices. In this workshop, we will discuss strategies and approaches to bridge the generational gaps between all of your students. Advance registration is required.
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Interactive Lectures: Techniques for Supporting Active Learning during Lectures
Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Effective teaching involves a variety of strategies to support the dynamic teaching and learning processes. A common method of teaching is lecturing. You may have heard debates about whether lecturing is an effective teaching strategy. During this workshop we will discuss strategies for supporting students’ learning through the use of interactive lecture techniques such as: actively preparing, anticipating and predicting new information, listening for information, applying information, reflecting and others. Advance registration required.
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Blackboard Office Hours
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, Room 100B
Blackboard office hours is an excellent opportunity to learn more about how to use Blackboard effectively for your course with one-on-one support. Staff will be on hand to address your questions for both Original or Ultra course view. No advance registration required.

For your convenience, if you wish to receive a reminder, please register and you will receive a reminder a couple of days before the Blackboard Office Hours. Location: The Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center is located between the Parking Deck and Founders Memorial Library, shown here on the NIU interactive map.
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Getting to Know the Blackboard Ultra Course View: Hands On
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
The Ultra Experience of Blackboard Learn offers exciting new opportunities for teaching and learning while simultaneously maintaining the comfortable familiarity of our previous version of Blackboard Learn (now dubbed "Original"). This hands-on workshop will provide you an opportunity to explore the modern and intuitive design of the Blackboard Ultra experience for yourself. The Ultra experience is characterized by simplified workflows and an accessible, fully responsive design – making it easier than ever to teach and learn, from any device. We will try out the quick access provided by the new navigation and practice building a new course in the Ultra Course View. Advance registration is required.
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Writing Goals and Objectives
Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
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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Writing Across the Curriculum: Improve Students Reading Skills Through Writing
Friday, February 7, 2020 from 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM
This workshop is part of the Writing Across the Curriculum series presented by Brad Peters, Ph.D., Department of English.

How do we help students grapple with complex texts? Discover techniques that make students better readers-- and writers. Advance registration is required.
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**NEW** Promoting and Maintaining Classroom Civility
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Establishing and maintaining classroom civility directly benefits faculty and students. It is a crucial first step in creating an environment where students can learn effectively. You can create an positive learning environment by establishing expectations, modeling good behavior, and understanding the guidelines for healthy interventions. In this workshop, you discover the steps to create a safe and supportive space for all your students and how to find support if you need it. Advance registration is required.
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Designing Effective Assessments
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 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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**ONLINE** Converting Your Course for Blackboard Ultra
Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The new Ultra Course View is modern and intuitive with streamlined workflows to improve your efficiency. If you are ready to try out the Ultra Course View, you can certainly build your course from scratch. However, you have the option to convert your course to the Ultra Course View and preview the changes and exceptions prior to committing to using the new look and feel or returning to the Original Course View. In this online workshop, we will discuss some of the key differences in the Ultra Course View and the course conversion process. Advance registration is required.
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Blackboard Communication Tools Using Blackboard Ultra Course View
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Communication is a critical element of a successful course, and Blackboard Ultra Course View has a wealth of tools to facilitate building community, encouraging academic discussion, and fostering interaction with and between your students. In this hands-on session, you will be introduced to the asynchronous and synchronous tools available in the Blackboard Ultra Course View, including discussions, announcements, conversations, messages and web-conferencing. Prerequisites: attendance at the Getting to Know Blackboard Ultra-Hands-On.  Advance registration is required.
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Assessing Student Learning with Blackboard Ultra Course View
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
With Blackboard Ultra Course View, familiar assessment tools from the Original Course View have exciting new capabilities like powerful analytics on discussions, timers for Assignments, SafeAssign for Tests, and Classroom Conversations. 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. In this workshop, you will learn how to build tests, create electronic assignments, review student work for plagiarism, and develop grading rubrics. Prerequisites: attendance at the Getting to Know Blackboard Ultra-Hands-On. Advance registration is required.
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Concept Mapping for Teaching and Learning
Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Concept maps are learning tools which represent information visually. These diagrams “visually arrange” concepts and ideas, show connections and relationships among concepts, and help increase understanding of complex information. Concept maps help students see the underlying structure and “big picture” of a concept which can lead to meaningful learning. This hands-on workshop will provide practical and immediate applications in your teaching and your students’ learning. Please bring a course syllabus or concepts to the workshop. Advance registration is required.
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Applying the Quality Matters Rubric
Friday, February 21, 2020 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 go.niu.edu/appqmr. Advance registration is required.
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Writing Across the Curriculum: Design Short Writing Assignments That Work
Friday, February 21, 2020 from 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM
This workshop is part of the Writing Across the Curriculum series presented by Brad Peters, Ph.D., Department of English.

What are alternatives to the dreaded term paper? Improve students' written skills and mastery of course content with short assignments you'll enjoy grading. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Scaffolding to Enhance Learning
Monday, February 24, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Scaffolding is a teaching technique that provides temporary support to help students learn a concept until help is no longer needed. Scaffolding, also known as modeling or coaching, can take many forms such as presenting examples, giving explanations, and using advance organizers, all which gain from students’ existing knowledge of the material. This workshop will cover the principles of scaffolding and ways scaffolding can be used in the classroom. Advanced registration is required.
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Recording Lectures with Microsoft PowerPoint
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
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** Quality Online Course Series: Promoting Learning with Technology
Thursday, February 27, 2020 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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Games and Education
Friday, February 28, 2020 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Games offer the opportunity for students to learn through contextualized and meaningful activity. As a growing medium for expression and intellectual engagement, interest and research into the educational value of games has increased over the years. In this workshop we will identify learning principles embedded in good games, analyze game elements and their potential instructional value, and explore how to apply game principles to course design. Advance registration is required.
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Writing Across the Curriculum: Lighten the Paper Load
Friday, March 20, 2020 from 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM
This workshop is part of the Writing Across the Curriculum series presented by Brad Peters, Ph.D., Department of English.

What are smart ways to assign, manage, and grade papers? Make your life easier while motivating students through rubrics and "minimal marking." Advance registration is required.
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Writing Across the Curriculum: Help Students Avoid Plagiarism
Friday, April 3, 2020 from 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM
This workshop is part of the Writing Across the Curriculum series presented by Brad Peters, Ph.D., Department of English.

How can we guide students away from academic misconduct? Advice from the National Council of Writing Program Administrators shows you. Advance registration is required.
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Writing Across the Curriculum: Respond Effectively to Student Writing
Friday, April 17, 2020 from 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM
This workshop is part of the Writing Across the Curriculum series presented by Brad Peters, Ph.D., Department of English.

Why do students need revision-oriented feedback? See how effective, time-saving response encourages students to do their work and learn more. Advance registration is required.
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