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**ONLINE** Using LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
This comprehensive training webinar delivered by Respondus staff. It is intended for instructors who plan to use LockDown Browser and/or Respondus Monitor with online exams. The session provides a detailed demonstration of both applications, including enhancements that make Respondus Monitor even more effective and easy to use. Register Now!

**ONLINE** VoiceThread Basics 1: Upload, Comment, and Share
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
You will learn how to use VoiceThread to upload media, comment and annotate on that media, and share it with others. This will be a slow paced, step-by-step, hands-on workshop. It is led by VoiceThread staff. Register Now!

**ONLINE** Quality Online Teaching Series: Humanizing Your Online Course
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Research suggests that building a strong sense of connectedness in an online course promotes student success, engages students, and retains students. This requires that you establish a strong teaching presence within the course, and that you create structures for students to form a community. In this online workshop, we shared some strategies to make online courses more personal and techniques to build faculty and student presence in online courses. Advance Registration Required.
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**ONLINE** Using LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor
Thursday, July 16, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
This comprehensive training webinar delivered by Respondus staff. It is intended for instructors who plan to use LockDown Browser and/or Respondus Monitor with online exams. The session provides a detailed demonstration of both applications, including enhancements that make Respondus Monitor even more effective and easy to use. Register Now!

**ONLINE** Getting to Know Blackboard Ultra
Thursday, July 16, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The Ultra Experience of Blackboard Learn offers exciting new opportunities for teaching and learning while simultaneously maintaining the comfortable familiarity of our previous version of Blackboard Learn (now dubbed “Original”). Learn how to navigate an Ultra style classroom as we explore its unique functions and capabilities. Its simplified workflows and accessible, fully responsive design make it easier than ever to teach and learn, from any device. Advance registration is required.
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**NEW - ONLINE** Exploring Kaltura Features
Monday, July 20, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Learn about NIU's video platform, Kaltura! This workshop will provide a broad overview of the features and functions of Kaltura and strategies for incorporating these to meet your multimedia needs. Topics covered in this introductory workshop will include uploading videos, recording webcam video, screen recording, basic editing features, and more. This workshop will also prepare you for the next series of Kaltura workshops covering more advanced features. Advance registration is required. 
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BbWorld 2020 Virtual Conference
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
From Tuesday, July 21 - Wednesday, July 22, 2020
BbWorld provides an opportunity to share best practices, discuss changes in education, and generate new ideas. It is offered virtually for the first time, and registration is FREE!

Get ready for out-of-this world speakers, including a keynote by Dr. Michael K. Moore and gain key insights regarding best practices from customers, partners and Blackboard experts. Registration is now open at bbworld.com

**ONLINE** VoiceThread Basics 2 - Groups and Secure Sharing
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
You will learn how to create groups and subgroups, set sharing permissions within those groups, and privately share VoiceThreads with individuals. This session is led by VoiceThread staff. Register Now!

**ONLINE** Introduction to Live Online Classes Using Blackboard Collaborate
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Many faculty consider live, personal interaction to be the most valuable element of quality teaching and learning experiences. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra 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. In this hands-on workshop, you will be able to try the features of Collaborate Ultra first-hand, no previous experience needed. Advance registration required.
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**NEW - ONLINE** Take Your Feedback to the Next Level with Bb Annotate
Thursday, July 23, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Timely feedback is essential for learning, and Bb Annotate is Blackboard’s latest addition to your teaching toolkit. In this online workshop you will learn how to use these new tools to provide authentic, meaningful, and timely feedback to students while saving yourself valuable time. Bb Annotate can be used for inline grading in both Original Course and Ultra Course Views and features quicker commenting, freehand drawing tools, and more. Advance registration is required.
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Online Course Design Academy C - Preparing for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
Monday, July 27, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 11:59 PM
To be held July 27 - August 16, 2020
During the three-week online Academy, you will learn the practices and principles of online course design and apply them to the design of an online course. Throughout the Academy, you will experience a variety of methods for online delivery firsthand. This online academy is intended for those who are teaching online courses in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021. Advance registration is required.

Location: Online – The Online Course Design Academy is facilitated through a Blackboard Course. Registered participants will be enrolled in the academy's Blackboard course. The course will become available shortly before the start of the academy.

Modality: Asynchronous, with optional 2 synchronous sessions. The Online Course Design Academy incorporates active learning strategies, encourages interaction and includes assessments to prepare you to design your own course.
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**ONLINE** Collecting Assignments and Delivering Tests with Blackboard Ultra Course View Tools
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Blackboard Learn in Ultra Course View can handle a variety of student assessment approaches including online testing and a range of assignment options. In this workshop, you will learn how to create electronic assignments, build online tests, and grade student submissions. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Blackboard Communication Tools Using Blackboard Ultra Course View
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Communication is a critical element of a successful course, and Blackboard Ultra Course View has a wealth of tools to facilitate building community, encouraging academic discussion, and fostering interaction with and between your students. In this hands-on session, you will be introduced to the asynchronous and synchronous tools available in the Blackboard Ultra Course View, including discussions, announcements, conversations, messages and web-conferencing. Prerequisites: attendance at the Getting to Know Blackboard Ultra-Hands-On. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** VoiceThread Basics 3- Moderating Comments, Private and Threaded Replies, and Copying
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
In the third workshop in the series, you will learn how to give private feedback, use threaded commenting, copy VoiceThreads for use with multiple groups, and use comment moderation to formatively assess student work. This session is led by VoiceThread staff. Register Now!

**ONLINE** Introduction to Digital Audio Production
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 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 minds-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** Exploring Kaltura Features
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Learn about NIU's video platform, Kaltura! This workshop will provide a broad overview of the features and functions of Kaltura and strategies for incorporating these to meet your multimedia needs. Topics covered in this introductory workshop will include uploading videos, recording webcam video, screen recording, basic editing features, and more. This workshop will also prepare you for the next series of Kaltura workshops covering more advanced features.
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**ONLINE** VoiceThread and Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
You will learn how VoiceThread can help educators provide multiple means of engagement, representation, action and expression for their courses. You will learn how to use VoiceThread’s multi-modal communication platform, closed captioning features, and VoiceThread Universal to design accessible lessons. This session is led by VoiceThread staff. Register Now!

**NEW - ONLINE** 2020 Teaching Effectiveness Institute - Developing Engaging Videos
Thursday, August 13, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Two-day event to be held August 13-14, 2020

Video is a powerful tool for teaching and learning, regardless of whether you are teaching face-to-face, online, or hybrid courses. In this two-day institute, you will learn to create simple videos for your courses and then delve into more advanced techniques to create engaging and powerful videos. The institute features a keynote by Michael Wesch, distinguished teaching scholar at Kansas State University, and is based on his approach to making super simple videos and engaging students while off-camera.

Modality: Our Teaching Effectiveness Institute is going virtual, with live online sessions spaced out over two days. These sessions will be short, engaging, and provide opportunities for hands-on practice from your home or office.
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**ONLINE** Fall 2020 Teaching Assistant Institute
Monday, August 17, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
To be held August 17 - August 21, 2020
The Teaching Assistant Institute will be offered entirely online with a combination of live synchronous events and recorded videos to introduce graduate teaching assistants to critical principles for teaching and providing teaching-related support. Topics will include cultural competency and inclusive teaching, engaging students, and resources at NIU to support teaching and learning. More details available at citl.niu.edu/ta-institute
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**ONLINE** Getting to Know Blackboard Ultra
Monday, August 17, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The Ultra Experience of Blackboard Learn offers exciting new opportunities for teaching and learning while simultaneously maintaining the comfortable familiarity of our previous version of Blackboard Learn (now dubbed “Original”). Learn how to navigate an Ultra style classroom as we explore its unique functions and capabilities. Its simplified workflows and accessible, fully responsive design make it easier than ever to teach and learn, from any device. Advance registration is required.
Register Now!

**ONLINE** Getting to Know Blackboard Ultra
Friday, August 21, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
The Ultra Experience of Blackboard Learn offers exciting new opportunities for teaching and learning while simultaneously maintaining the comfortable familiarity of our previous version of Blackboard Learn (now dubbed “Original”). Learn how to navigate an Ultra style classroom as we explore its unique functions and capabilities. Its simplified workflows and accessible, fully responsive design make it easier than ever to teach and learn, from any device. Advance registration is required.
Register Now!

**NEW - ONLINE** Create Video Quizzes with Kaltura
Monday, August 24, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Discover how to transform you Kaltura video into an interactive quiz! We will explore grading options, customizable features, styles of quiz questions, embedding options, and more. Participants should know the Kaltura Basics before enrolling in this workshop. Learn the basics by participating in an intro workshop, or watching an intro workshop recording. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Take Your Feedback to the Next Level with Bb Annotate
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Timely feedback is essential for learning, and Bb Annotate is Blackboard’s latest addition to your teaching toolkit. In this online workshop you will learn how to use these new tools to provide authentic, meaningful, and timely feedback to students while saving yourself valuable time. Bb Annotate can be used for inline grading in both Original Course and Ultra Course Views and features quicker commenting, freehand drawing tools, and more. Advance registration is required.
Register Now!

**ONLINE** Using VoiceThread in Blackboard
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to create VoiceThreads and then add them to your Blackboard course as lessons or assessments. This session is led by VoiceThread staff. Register Now!

**ONLINE** Introduction to Live Online Classes Using Blackboard Collaborate
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Many faculty consider live, personal interaction to be the most valuable element of quality teaching and learning experiences. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra 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. In this hands-on workshop, you will be able to try the features of Collaborate Ultra first-hand, no previous experience needed. Advance registration required.
Register Now!

**ONLINE** Holding Virtual Office Hours
Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Online teaching often necessitates a virtual option for office hours since students in online courses cannot always make it to a professor's physical office space. Students in face-to-face classes may face similar scheduling or proximity challenges. Since office hours are an important opportunity to make connections and support student success, holding virtual office hours could be an important option to provide to students, especially those in online courses. In this workshop, we will discuss the options available for holding office hours online so that you can find one to suit your needs and help you make meaningful connections with your students. Advance registration required.
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**ONLINE** Quality Online Course Series: Ensuring Quality in Your Online Course
Monday, August 31, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
How do you know if your online course is good? More importantly, how do you make it better? In this workshop, you will learn about why quality is important and how to create more student-centered online courses by using the Quality Matters rubric (a nationally-recognized benchmark for online course design based on research-supported best practices). After the workshop, you will be prepared to develop or improve an online course that is designed to promote student learning. Advance registration is required.
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