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**ONLINE** Quality Online Course Series: Getting Students Started
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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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Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 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: Calculating and Submitting Final Grades
Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Wesley Building, Room 100B
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.  Location: Wesley Building, Room 100B (Formally known as the Academic Advising Center) between the Parking Deck and Founders Memorial Library.  
Walk-In, No Registration Required

**ONLINE** Quality Online Teaching Series: Best Practices for Delivering an Online Course
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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 and discover practical strategies you can implement in your own online courses. Advance registration is required.
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Spring 2019 Teaching Effectiveness Institute - The Science of Learning and Why it Matters
Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Does failure play a role in the science of learning? Of course! Long ago scholars realized that research, discovery, and learning are lengthy processes marked by stops, starts, and a fair degree of failure. University students are frequently asked to achieve, on their first attempts, stellar results on high-stakes assessments. Research is beginning to reveal that this strategy does not align with how human beings naturally learn. During this interactive workshop, important findings in this new area of inquiry will be discussed and colleagues will work together to identify “opportunities for failure” in their courses to support students’ learning. More details are available at go.niu.edu/springtei-day1.
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Spring 2019 Teaching Effectiveness Institute - Creating Community: Social Engagement in Online Learning
Friday, January 11, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Creating an online community and building social engagement strengthens connections between you and your students. in addition, Vygotsky's Social Development Theory suggests that social interaction is an essential aspect of learning. So, how can we bring this important element to our online courses? In this online session we will explore many interactive and easy to use tools to help you do just that. We will conclude this half-day event by showcasing some emerging technologies that have exciting implications for the future of teaching and learning.

This institute will take place completely online! You can participate from the comfort and convenience of your own home, office, or other location. All you need to participate is a computer and an Internet connection. Complete details for participating online will be provided to registered participants three days before the institute. More details are available at go.niu.edu/springtei-day2.
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