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**NEW - ONLINE** Quality Online Course Series: Course Activities & Student Engagement
Friday, March 6, 2015 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 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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Concept Maps for Teaching and Learning
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Concept maps are learning tools which represent information visually. These maps “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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**ONLINE** Tips for Communicating Effectively Using Blackboard
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
The announcement, discussion, and email features in Blackboard are just a few of the many tools available for faculty to communicate with students and foster collaboration during the course. During this workshop we will discuss tips for using the various features of Blackboard to communicate effectively and effectively. Recommendations for best practices will also be discussed. Advance registration is required.
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Design Tool Series: Video
Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Faculty new to online/blended instruction can benefit by exploring a host of approaches that may work better for enhancing instruction and communication with their online students. This workshop is an introduction to the varied uses of video in online/blended instruction. Participants will be exposed to examples of best practices as well as review a number of considerations in working with video content such as determining hardware/software requirements, different file formats, and posting content. Through a series of guided exercises, participants will learn about free/low cost tools that can facilitate working with video. Advance registration is required.
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NIU Assessment Expo
Friday, March 20, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM | Location: Holmes Student Center, Sky Room
The expo will showcase outstanding NIU assessment practices from 2013-2014.  Each practice will be highlighted in the poster session and roundtable discussion. Come engage in dialogue about assessment across campus! For more information, contact Office of Assessment Services at www.niu.edu/assessment, assess@niu.edu, or 815-753-8659.
Walk-In, No Registration Required

**NEW - ONLINE** Quality Online Course Series: Promoting Learning with Technology
Friday, March 20, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
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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The NIU Experience: A Journey of Discovery into Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM | Location: Holmes Student Center
This spring conference, sponsored by the Center for Affirmative Action and Diversity Resources (AADR) and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, offers a unique program designed to showcase the diverse talent and academic and professional excellence of the NIU community. Nine discovery sessions and several art exhibits, performances, workshops and round-table discussions are planned. NIU students, faculty, Supportive Professional Staff, Civil Service staff and alumni are the presenters; this is a positive way to tell the “NIU story” of affirmative action, diversity and equal opportunity. The conference is free for NIU students, faculty, Supportive Professional Staff, Civil Service staff and alumni. For more information call (815) 753-6038 or email AADR_Conference@niu.edu.
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Mobile Learning Series: Apps for Teaching and Learning
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
According to recent figures, there are more than 2.5 million apps available in the Apple App store and Google Play combined. With so many options, it can be difficult to find the best apps to support teaching and learning. In this hands-on session, we will demonstrate a variety of apps, many of them free, and provide time to experiment with them. Feel free to bring a mobile device, but it is not required. Some devices will be available for use during the workshop. Advance registration is required.
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Effective Testing Techniques
Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
What makes a "good" test, and how do you know that you have one? Writing a strong test is a balancing act that requires deliberate design and intuitive art. Fortunately, there are a variety of tools that can simplify the process. In this workshop, we will discuss how to design tests that accurately assess students' knowledge and how to critically evaluate tests and test questions. We will also look at many different types of test questions and strategies for writing effective questions. Advance registration is required.
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Presidential Teaching Professor Seminar: Dr. David Gunkel, Department of Communication
Monday, March 30, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room
Pedagogical Reboot: Teaching How to Learn About Technology

There is virtually no field or discipline that has been left untouched by technological innovation. This is especially true in the field of communication where so much of our daily interactions with each other have moved to computer-mediated systems. For this reason, it is often considered necessary to teach students how to use the technology that has and will continue to be a fundamental aspect of their personal and professional lives. But this effort is incorrect. Teaching students about technology is not only inadequate but potentially counter-productive. Because technology changes at such an accelerated rate, any instruction in a particular piece of hardware, software, or system is virtually obsolete the day of the lecture. For this reason, educators need to learn how to teach students not about technology but how to learn about technology. This subtle shift in emphasis is crucial for preparing the next generation of tech-savvy leaders and decision maker. But it requires an entirely different conceptual focus and pedagogical approach. In this presentation, David J. Gunkel will detail this method of technological education, which has had remarkable success with students in media and communication studies.

No registration is required--Everyone is welcome! Refreshments from 11:30 am - 12:00 pm, Presentation from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm.
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**NEW** Reference Resource Management
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
How did you first learn to keep track of references and citations? Did you make index cards, keep a notebook, lists, or a spreadsheet? Today, there are much richer (and free!) tools for you and your students to save citation information while searching and browsing the Web. With a single click, save citations and create customized bibliographies in standard citation styles, including MLA, Chicago and APA. Create groups to share references with students, or for students to share with each other. In this workshop, you will learn the key functions of Zotero, a free program for reference management. We will cover adding citations to your reference library, organizing and managing those citations, creating a bibliography, and using the Microsoft Word plug-in to easily insert citations from Zotero into your documents. We will discuss implications for both professional and classroom use. Advance registration is required.
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**NEW - ONLINE** Quality Online Course Series: Accessibility, Usability, & Student Support
Friday, April 10, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
Online students can feel isolated, but they don't have to be. In this workshop, you will explore how usability and accessibility can set students up for success. You will also learn how to connect students with valuable support services. Advance registration is required.
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Applying the Quality Matters Rubric
Wednesday, April 15, 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** Quality Online Course Series: Getting Students Started
Friday, April 24, 2015 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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