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**NEW** Library Resources as Alternatives to Textbooks
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
The high cost of textbooks and other required course materials is of great concern to students. Studies reveal that up to 65% of college students have decided against buying a textbook because it was too expensive. Furthermore, the cost of textbooks impacts how many and/or which classes they take in any given semester. At the same time, your University Library expends millions of dollars on professionally curated content supporting research & artistry, teaching, and learning on our campus. Are you wondering how you can help ease the cost of college for your students? Are you seeking materials for a new course or updated curriculum? Come learn more about resources and services provided by the University Libraries, including Reserves, ebooks, and Open Educational Resources (OERs), which may serve as viable alternatives to traditional textbooks. Advance registration is required.
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Designing Effective Assessments
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Quality assessment is more than assigning a grade to your students. Truly effective assessments determine how much knowledge the student has and how well he or she can utilize that knowledge. Also, in addition to providing an evaluation of student progress, assessment can be used throughout the semester to guide instructional decisions. In this workshop, we will discuss multiple ways that assessment can be used within a course, a variety of assessment options, and some guidelines for designing effective assessments. Advance registration is required.
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Using Respondus LockDown Browser for Online Exams
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
This comprehensive training webinar is intended for instructors who would like to learn more about using Respondus LockDown Browser with online exams in Blackboard. The session provides a detailed demonstration of Respondus LockDown Browser. Register here!

Turning Technologies Clickers: Best Practices and New TurningPoint 8.5 (AM Session)
Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
TurningPoint has provided a direct integration with Blackboard in the past, however with the newest sync integration, the process of manually downloading courses, updating rosters and uploading grades becomes an automated process. This session is designed for new and existing users as we explore the Blackboard Sync Integration as well as TurningPoint 8.5, TurningPointWeb including the PowerPoint add-in and Scheduled Polling: creating polling slides and question lists, running a polling presentation, saving results, and viewing student data. Student response options, clickers and mobile devices, will also be discussed. Additionally, the direct Sync integration with Blackboard will be demonstrated including set up. Instructors are encouraged to bring their personal laptops.
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Turning Technologies: Q & A for Advanced Users
Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM | Location: Holmes Student Center, Room 406
This session will be an open forum for you to ask your client success leader any questions you may have about TurningPoint. Feel free to drop in any time during the open hours!
Walk-In, No Registration Required

Turning Technologies Clickers: Best Practices and New TurningPoint 8.5 (PM Session)
Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
TurningPoint has provided a direct integration with Blackboard in the past, however with the newest sync integration, the process of manually downloading courses, updating rosters and uploading grades becomes an automated process. This session is designed for new and existing users as we explore the Blackboard Sync Integration as well as TurningPoint 8.5, TurningPointWeb including the PowerPoint add-in and Scheduled Polling: creating polling slides and question lists, running a polling presentation, saving results, and viewing student data.  Student response options, clickers and mobile devices, will also be discussed. Additionally, the direct Sync integration with Blackboard will be demonstrated including set up. Instructors are encouraged to bring their personal laptops.
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Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 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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Africa's Lasting Imprint on the Heart of Steve Peifer (Class of '77)
Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM | Location: Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center, Polluck Room
How does a corporate executive, who once oversaw 9,000 computer software consultants, end up feeding lunch and teaching computer skills to starving Africa schoolchildren? Join students, faculty, staff, and alumni as Steve Peifer shares his journey that began as a twelve-month mission assignment as dorm parents at Rift Valley Academy in Kijabe, Kenya and developed into a mission that now provides lunches to 16,000 schoolchildren, whose parents were once forced to choose between educating their children or feeding them.

For his work on behalf of Kenyan children, Steve was awarded the CNN Heroes Award for Championing Children in 2007, the 2007 Yale Counseling Award, and the 2010 NACAC Excellence in Education Award. Steve currently works as a vice-president of college counseling at KD College Prep. His belief in the transformational power of higher education and finding purpose through service resonates throughout his story. He is sure to remind us of the importance of our work in education and inspire each of us to discover and live the purpose intended for us.

This event is free, but registration is required. Learn more at www.myniu.com/article.html?aid=650. Register here!

Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
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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Screencasting to Facilitate Learning Opportunities
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Screencasting is becoming an increasingly common tool for online instruction. The workshop introduction will focus on the process of conceptualizing educational tutorials, asking important pedagogical questions, storyboarding ideas, and deciding on the most appropriate method for distribution of content. Participants will use Camtasia Studio, a screencasting program offering features and options that enhance instruction by capturing lectures, recording and highlighting interaction with website tours or software applications. Participants will create a brief instructional screencast demonstrating various features. Advance registration is required.
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Teaching Online with VoiceThread
Thursday, October 11, 2018 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!

Paperless Assessment of Student Performance with Blackboard Tools
Monday, October 15, 2018 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Blackboard Learn can handle a variety of student assessment approaches including use of online testing and a range of assignment options. But did you know that using electronic assessments is also greener, and cheaper for students? By reducing the amount of printing that students are required to do, you can reduce the amount of paper and toner used, which is better for the environment. And, because students pay 5 cents per page they print in black and white, submitting paper copies of assignments can become expensive.

In this workshop, you will learn how to build surveys and tests, create electronic assignments, review student work for plagiarism, and develop grading rubrics. All of these tools provide opportunities for students to demonstrate what they have learned, and help you provide valuable feedback to students on their learning. Prerequisites: basic computer skills and attendance at the Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard workshop or previous experience using Blackboard. Advance registration is required.
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Problem-based Learning
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is a focused, experiential learning strategy organized around the exploration and resolution of an authentic, real-world problem. PBL involves three components: The Problem, which typically does not have an easy solution; The Learners, who often work in self-directed groups to solve the problem; and The Instructor, who assumes the role as facilitator and coach once the problem has been presented. We will discuss ways to find and develop a problem as well as student and instructor involvement during a problem-based learning situation. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Quality Online Course Design Series: Learning Objectives and Assessments
Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
In an online course, it is important for students to know the goals of the course and how they will achieve them. Clear learning objectives establish a foundation upon which the rest of the course is built, and assessments evaluate student progress in achieving those objectives. In this online workshop, you will learn to write student-centered module-level learning objectives that align to course-level learning objectives, to design assessments that measure the stated learning objectives, and to establish clear policies and criteria for grading. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Feedback Strategies for Your Online Course
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Students in an online course need feedback early and often, so that they can track their progress and improve their performance. There are many ways you can provide your online students with great feedback. This workshop will introduce you to some strategies to incorporate into your online teaching. You will discover some innovative ideas for faculty, student-to-student, and reflective feedback in this workshop. Advance registration is required.
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**New** Creating Accessible Word Documents
Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
It is important that the materials in our online classes be accessible, so all students can have equivalent educational experiences. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the basics to make your syllabus accessible. We’ll be covering the use of Styles, making hyperlinks meaningful and adding alt text to images. Once you learn to make your syllabus accessible, you will be able to apply these same techniques to other pdfs and Word documents. This session is designed for those using PCs. Advance registration is required.
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Interactive Rubrics: Providing Consistent and Quality Feedback in Blackboard Courses
Friday, October 26, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
The Interactive Rubric tool in Blackboard makes it possible for rubrics with click-and-score simplicity to be built into the grading workflow, increasing efficiency while also supporting consistent and high quality feedback. During this workshop we'll explore the Interactive Rubrics tool in Blackboard and sample interactive rubrics applied to various types of Blackboard assessments. We'll highlight the steps for creating an Interactive Rubric and applying it to an assignment for grading. We will also cover how to reuse a rubric within a Blackboard course or share with other faculty. Advance registration is required.
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Rubrics for Meaningful Assessment and Evaluation
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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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