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Designing or Revising a Course
Thursday, June 30, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
A number of important factors should be considered when designing or revising a course: What to teach, the methods and strategies used to teach, and how to make certain that learning is actually taking place. Approaching these factors and asking questions such as “What content can I cut?” and “What are the most effective ways I can incorporate activities?” can lead to organized and meaningful instruction. Participants will create a list of tips and techniques that can be immediately used as they develop or revise a course. Advance registration is required.
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Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 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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Applying the Quality Matters Rubric
Thursday, July 7, 2016 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 facdev.niu.edu/jul7appqmr. Advance registration is required. 
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Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 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 on a CD. Advance registration is required.
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Developing a Course Syllabus
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Developing an effective course syllabus is essential for a successful course. The syllabus acts as a road map to help students navigate the course. Since the syllabus is often one of the first means of communication between the instructor and students, it sets the tone for the entire semester. The ultimate goal of a well-designed syllabus is to inform students about what is expected of them throughout the semester by outlining content, policies, and due dates. In this workshop, we will discuss key elements of a course syllabus, design possibilities, and provide a checklist to help create a well-organized and complete course syllabus. Advance registration required.
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Introduction to Live Online Classes Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Thursday, July 14, 2016 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Many faculty consider live, personal interaction to be the most valuable element of quality teaching and learning experiences. Blackboard Collaborate is web conferencing/collaboration tool that faculty and students rely on to provide opportunities for live interaction and personal connection in online and blended courses. Blackboard recently released an updated version of Blackboard Collaborate, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, which offers a modern and streamlined user-friendly interface, improved audio and video quality, and easy-to-use application sharing. In this hands-on workshop, you will be able to try the new Collaborate Ultra first-hand. You do not need any previous experience with Blackboard Collaborate to quickly learn to present and communicate with Collaborate Ultra. Advance registration required.
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**NEW** Creative Ways to Introduce Play in Your Classroom
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Are you looking for creative instructional strategies? Do you want to “shake things up a bit?” Have you ever wondered if play has a place in higher education classrooms? During this workshop participants will learn about research related to play and learning. We will also discuss a variety of non-traditional instructional strategies that can be used to make learning fun. Advance registration is required.
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Facilitating Small Group Discussion Online Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Breakout Rooms
Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Learn how to use the Breakout Rooms feature within Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to facilitate small group discussions during an online session. During this face-to-face workshop we'll explore the options within a Blackboard Collaborate Ultra session for organizing students into small groups for discussion, including creating Breakout Rooms, assigning students to Breakout Rooms (both manually and automatically), moving whiteboard content into Breakout Rooms, and monitoring small group discussion. Prerequisite: You should be already familiar with the new Bb Collaborate Ultra web conferencing tool. Advance registration is required.
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Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) to Jumpstart the Semester
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) are small, informal assessment practices that simultaneously engage students and help us collect information about their learning. In this workshop we will discuss tips and strategies for how to incorporate these quick but meaningful assessment techniques and how to use the information to benefit both teaching and student learning. Participants will experience several CATs and walk away with a range of CATs that can be immediately used to jumpstart the semester and beyond. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Free Software Tools for the Classroom
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
Many of the software tools that are the most useful in the classroom are unfortunately also some of the most expensive software tools. Often, budgets require that software is limited to a few users or a few locations, which prevents faculty and instructors from utilizing the technology with their students. It even prevents students from learning from these valuable tools. Don’t let licensing fees hold you back! There are free versions of many of the expensive software tools, if you know where to look. This online session will introduce free versions of some of the most common software programs and share ideas for using them in the classroom. Advance registration is required.
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**NEW - ONLINE** Creating Authentic Experiences for Your Online Course
Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
When designing an online course, remember everything doesn’t have to happen online or in isolation of the world around us. You can create authentic experiences for your online students, such as field experiences, real-world activities, and genuine, skill building tasks. In this online workshop we will explore ways to craft authentic experiences and assessments for our online students. Plus, we will look at how these experiences align with your course learning objectives. Advance registration required.
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Fall 2016 Teaching Effectiveness Institute - Fundamental Principles of Instruction
Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
This institute is designed to introduce faculty to the basic principles of teaching, share information about teaching-related support resources available at NIU, and discuss how faculty can address students’ learning needs. This institute will include interactive presentations by NIU faculty and staff and participants will have opportunities to network with both new and experienced NIU faculty. This institute is geared toward those who are new to teaching as well as those wanting to refresh their knowledge about teaching fundamentals. More details are available at http://facdev.niu.edu/tei16day1
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Fall 2016 Teaching Effectiveness Institute - The Art of Teaching: Using Performance Techniques for Improving Teaching
Friday, August 12, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Whether you are trying to reach an audience of two or 200, using acting techniques will enhance both your speaking and performance abilities. This institute will cover a variety of techniques used by professional theatre, film, and television performers that can be used to enhance teaching communication and will focus on the practice of teaching – using the body and voice more effectively when communicating with students. Topics include dealing with nervousness, using the body in a more dynamic way, developing a better voice, and improving your creativity through imagination, concentration, observation, and relaxation. This workshop is highly participatory and participants will learn techniques by doing them: they will have fun, they will laugh, and they become better at teaching. Participants will leave the institute with take-aways they can begin using the very next day. More details at http://facdev.niu.edu/tei16day2.
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Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Monday, August 15, 2016 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 Portfolios
Thursday, August 18, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Electronic portfolios enable students and faculty to assemble, present, and share information online for documenting academic growth, career evaluation, and course preparation. The Blackboard Portfolio tool allows users to collect and organize files and other digital content representative of their learning. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the features and uses of the redesigned Blackboard Portfolio tool. Advance registration is required.
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Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Friday, August 19, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 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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