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Rubrics for Meaningful Assessment and Evaluation
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Have your students ever asked questions such as, “Why did you grade me that way,” or “Why didn’t you tell us that we would be graded on grammar”? You may be able to reduce or even eliminate those questions with a rubric! A rubric is an assessment tool that clearly defines assignment criteria with levels of performance and expectations. Learning how to develop and use rubrics can help you grade more objectively, save grading time, and assist students in preparing assignments. Advance registration is required.
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Introduction to Digital Audio Production
Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Voice is a powerful tool in teaching, because it creates a strong sense of your presence for students, which helps them to feel more supported and less isolated. Whether you are recording lectures, podcasts, or other audio-enhanced media for your courses, the quality of your audio is important. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the basic concepts of digital audio recording and editing, including some tools that will make your recordings more professional. In addition, you will learn techniques to avoid and fix common recording issues. Advance registration is required.
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Online Learning Consortium Innovate 2019 Virtual Conference
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Learn from leaders in the field and engage in critical conversations with colleagues from all disciplines at the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Innovate conference, the premier conference devoted to innovation in online learning - all without leaving NIU. All NIU faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants are able to attend OLC Innovate 2019 online for free and from the comfort of your office or home. Learn more at go.niu.edu/olcinnovate
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Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 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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Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 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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Tips to Engage Critical Thinkers & Writers - Transform Your Course Now! Respond Effectively to Students' Written Assignments
Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM
This workshop is part of the series: Tips to Engage Critical Thinkers & Writers - Transform Your Course Now!, presented by Brad Peters, Department of English.

Why do students need revision-oriented feedback? See how effective, time-saving response encourages students to do their best work and learn more. Advance registration is required.
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**NEW - ONLINE** Preview of Blackboard Ultra: Navigation
Friday, April 12, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

This year, we are moving to a new, much more user-friendly version of Blackboard called Learn Ultra that offers exciting new opportunities for teaching and learning while simultaneously maintaining the comfortable familiarity of our existing version of Blackboard Learn (now dubbed “Original”). The Ultra experience offers a more modern and intuitive navigation that provides quick access to the most critical information from across all courses. From there, you can choose to update your courses to the Ultra Course View or continue using the Original view you are comfortable with. In this online workshop, we will provide a preview of the new Ultra navigation features, such as the activity stream and grades, and how they will improve the teaching and learning experience. We will also offer a glimpse of the new Ultra Course View option. Advance registration is required.


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**ONLINE** Teaching Online with VoiceThread
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
In this workshop, we will review VoiceThread's basic features. You will learn how to create VoiceThreads and use the various commenting features. We will discuss examples from actual courses and demonstrate how VoiceThread works in your Blackboard courses. There will be an open Q&A throughout the training. Advance registration is required. Register here!

**NEW - ONLINE** Preview of Blackboard Ultra: Re-designed Ultra Course View
Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

This year, we are moving to a completely redesigned, more user-friendly version of Blackboard called Learn Ultra that offers exciting new opportunities for teaching and learning while simultaneously maintaining the comfortable familiarity of our existing version of Blackboard Learn (now dubbed “Original”). When you are ready, you can choose to enable the Ultra Course View for one or more of your courses or continue using the Original Course View. In this online session, we will explore the Ultra Course View, including new, intuitive workflows, simplified navigation, easier content creation, streamlined grading, and much more. Advance registration is required.


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Building Classroom Games and Simulations
Friday, April 19, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
In this hand-on workshop we will create and share engaging educational games and simulations using inexpensive materials. Learn about game mechanics and how to relate them to your course content. Explore how games can help your students learn through cooperation, strategy, competition, and creativity! Breathe a new energy into your most difficult course topics or bring your own gaming or simulation ideas to life. Have a game that you’ve already created? Come show it off! Advance registration is required.
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**NEW** Preview of Blackboard Ultra Base Navigation
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

This year, we are moving to a new, much more user-friendly version of Blackboard called Learn Ultra that offers exciting new opportunities for teaching and learning while simultaneously maintaining the comfortable familiarity of our existing 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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**ONLINE** Tips for Teaching Online with Blackboard
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

In the fall of 2018, over 90% of NIU faculty used Blackboard for their credit courses. Ready to take it to the next level? Blackboard tools can enhance your productivity and efficiency as you teach your online course as well as help you support your students success.  In this workshop, you will discover tips and strategies on how to use Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to deliver a quality online course. Advanced registration is required.


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2019 Online Teaching Symposium
Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
The Online Teaching Symposium is an opportunity for us to showcase the achievements of our outstanding faculty and instructors who have been teaching online, and to come together to share practices and learn from one another. The Symposium will include a keynote on High Impact Practices in Online Learning by Dr. Katie Linder, a noted leader in online education, and feature NIU faculty through a series of panels on key themes in online teaching and learning. Learn more at go.niu.edu/ots
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