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Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 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 on a CD. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Quality Online Course Series: Learning Objectives and Assessments
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
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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Formative and Summative Feedback for Teaching and Learning
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Providing and receiving feedback is known to enhance teaching and learning. But how (and why) do we choose the most appropriate form of feedback for any given situation? In this workshop we will discuss different forms of feedback, compare formative and summative feedback, and strategize which forms of feedback work best in different learning environments. Advance registration is required.
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Learning on the Go: Introduction to Mobile Learning
Friday, October 16, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Teaching and learning are no longer constrained to the classroom. With mobile technologies like smartphones and tablets, students can access course materials from anywhere, and faculty can update materials or communicate with students without having to sit at a workstation. Additionally, mobile devices often come with simple tools for creating multimedia content including audio, photos, and video. In this session, participants will learn about mobile teaching and learning, view content on a mobile device, and create multimedia materials. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mobile device, but one is not required as several will be available to be passed around. Advance registration is required.
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Presidential Teaching Professor Seminar: Dr. Laurie Elish-Piper, Department of Literacy and Elementary Education
Monday, October 19, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room
The Responsibility of Teaching Teachers
What we teach is important (the research, theory, and methods), but how we teach is even more important because we serve as teaching role models for our candidates as they work with their own students. However, who we teach is the most significant aspect of our work as teachers because we must know, respect, and trust our students for real learning to take place. Laurie Elish-Piper will share the four cornerstones of her approach to teaching teachers: teaching with rigor, teaching with vigor, and teaching as a relationship. She will then highlight the fourth element – teaching as praxis. Within this perspective, teaching is viewed as the enactment of theory into practice which leads to reflection and action. By conveying this approach through our teaching, our students can understand and embrace the power and promise of teaching as a tool to change the world. We can help them realize that what we do in our classes here at NIU has the power to transform lives as young children unlock the reading process, as struggling learners realize they are competent and capable, as teachers enhance their practice for the benefit of their students, and as we work toward making high-quality education a reality for all learners.Learn more at http://facdev.niu.edu/ptp2015fall

No registration is required--Everyone is welcome! Refreshments from 11:30 am - 12:00 pm, Presentation from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm.
Walk-In, No Registration Required

Rubrics for Meaningful Assessment and Evaluation
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Because grading may be considered one of the most time consuming, frustrating, and sometimes dreaded aspects of teaching, learning how to develop and use rubrics can help you grade more objectively, save grading time, and assist students in preparing assignments. Workshop participants will create their own rubric that can be adapted for any assignment or task. Advance registration is required.
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Interactive Rubrics: Providing Consistent and Quality Feedback in Blackboard Courses
Monday, October 26, 2015 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
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 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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**NEW-ONLINE** Feedback Strategies for Your Online Course
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
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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Screencasting to Facilitate Learning Opportunities
Friday, October 30, 2015 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, story boarding 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, and using closed captioning to expand accessibility. Participants will create a brief instructional screencast demonstrating various features. Advance registration is required.
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