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**NEW - ONLINE** Preview of New Features Coming to Blackboard
Friday, April 18, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
This year's Blackboard update to Blackboard Learn 9.1 Service Pack 14 delivers helpful enhancements to existing tools and a few exciting new tools. For example, the new test exception feature makes it easier to adjust test settings for individual students, group management is quicker, and the inline grading side-bar is added to additional tools like blogs and discussions. The new Quick Links button makes it easier to navigate Blackboard with a screen reader, the new Achievements tool adds the ability to recognize students with badges and certificates, and the new Date Management feature helps update availability and due dates after performing a course copy. To prepare for the anticipated update, join us for this preview to learn more about these (and more!) enhancements and features. Advance registration is required.
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**Online** Tips for Engaging Online Sessions with Blackboard Collaborate
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
Do you want to know the secret to designing and leading effective Blackboard Collaborate sessions? In this one hour introductory online session, we will share tips for designing and leading engaging, interactive online sessions. You will learn the recommended techniques to prepare participants before they attend your live session. You will also learn how to communicate with and manage the interactions of your participants, best practices for designing online presentation content, and the importance of archives. Advance registration is required.
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Mobile Learning Series: Screencasting - Create, Explain and Share Using Your Mobile Device
Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Creating online instructional materials is often a complex task that requires somewhat expensive software. However, it is possible to create online lessons and tutorials using simple free apps on a mobile device! Imagine using a digital whiteboard to draw, write, and annotate, with voice narration to explain the material. Then, share the finished product with students online. While useful for any discipline, these lessons are particularly helpful in math, science, and engineering courses because it is easier to handwrite the complex notation. In this hand-on session, we will investigate several mobile screencasting apps, most of which are free. This workshop will focus primarily on apps for the Apple iPad, so attendees are encouraged to bring their iPad and will be asked to install some free apps. In addition, we will demonstrate at least one app for Android devices.
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Calculating Final Grades with the Blackboard Grade Center
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 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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Intersectionality: What It Is and Ways to Address It
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
While “intersectionality” is the new buzzword, there are many ways people use the term and apply this approach in teaching and scholarly activities. In general, intersectional theory maintains that multiple social identities and forms of marginalization operate simultaneously and interplay. In this interactive workshop, we’ll discuss some of the core tenets of intersectionality, ways to conceptualize them, and strategies for incorporating an intersectional lens in our teaching and scholarly activities to make them more inclusive. More details are available at: http://facdev.niu.edu/facdev/programs/20140514am.shtml
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Cultural Competence for Social Justice: A Framework for Faculty, Student, Staff, and Organizational Development
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM
This interactive workshop presents a model of Cultural Competence for Social Justice (CCSJ) which addresses the awareness, knowledge, and skills to live and work effectively in culturally diverse contexts and enact a commitment to social justice that helps us to prepare students for a multicultural world. Going beyond just understanding cultural differences, it addresses the larger dynamics of power, privilege, and inequality to meet the needs of people from marginalized groups and create inclusive and equitable environments. We’ll explore the components of the CCSJ model and how it can be applied in teaching, curriculum development, and departmental and organizational transformation. More details are available at: http://facdev.niu.edu/facdev/programs/20140514pm.shtml
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Designing a Writing-Enhanced Course
Monday, May 19, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
In this daylong, interactive workshop, participants will focus on a course that they currently teach. Participants will engage in activities that help them decide what kinds of writing activities might best enhance the critical thinking they want their students to do.

Brad Peters is Professor of English and the Coordinator of the Writing Across the Curriculum program at NIU. He designed and has directed the NIU Writing Center. Dr. Peters presents yearly workshops on using writing to think critically and has trained faculty in universities across the country. He teaches advanced writing courses where students get their work ready for conferences and into print. Dr. Peters’ research focuses on effective writing strategies and pedagogies. Participants will be eligible for a $250 stipend for follow-up submission of student writing to the University Writing Project – the stipend is made available by Office of Assessment Services. 
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Write Well, Publish More!
Friday, May 23, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
This daylong, interactive workshop will put into practice habits that successful, publishing writers use. Get started, nail down the central idea, find your voice, gather feedback, revise, and join the conversation! Program participants will practice techniques for meeting readers’ expectations, sustaining their project, and seeing it through. Participants should bring 5 copies of a short (4-page) draft of a writing project.

The program will give participants a chance to form impromptu reader circles and assist one another in generating usable feedback. Participants will receive useful writing resources during the workshop.

Brad Peters is Professor of English and the Coordinator of the Writing Across the Curriculum program at NIU. He designed and directed the NIU Writing Center. Dr. Peters presents yearly workshops on using writing to think critically and has trained faculty in universities across the country. He teaches advanced writing courses where students get their work ready for conferences and into print. Dr. Peters’ research focuses on effective writing strategies and pedagogies. 
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2014 Teaching with Technology Institute
Thursday, June 05, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Teaching with technology is more than adding bells and whistles or using time-saving, innovative techniques. It can fundamentally change the way we teach, learn, and collaborate. But innovation does not often occur alone. Usually, the most innovative practices are the result of inspiration and collaboration. This year, the Teaching with Technology Institute features a showcase of the innovative practices from NIU faculty, instructors, and staff and the opportunity for you to experience the technology first-hand. More detail are available at http://niu.edu/facdev/programs/20140605.shtml
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