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Reflecting on Your Teaching and Professional Development
Monday, December 9, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Reflecting upon what and how we teach can help us identify not only ways to improve our teaching but pinpoints our strengths and skills. And reflecting on our professional development can help us to improve our teaching. Reflection is the core pillar of professional development and encompasses a wide variety of activities from reading the literature to networking and peer teaching. In this workshop we will discuss ways to reflect and self-assess our teaching practices and options to develop and improve those practices. Advance registration is required.
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Designing a Course Syllabus
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
The course syllabus is an essential component of your course and should be thorough, precise, and clear. Since the syllabus is often one of the first means of communication between you and your students, it should set the tone for the entire semester. The ultimate goal of a well-designed syllabus, therefore, is to inform students about what is expected of them throughout the semester by outlining content, requirements, policies, and due dates. In essence, the syllabus acts as a road map to help students navigate the course. In this workshop, we will discuss key elements of a course syllabus, possibilities for design layout, and provide a checklist to help you create a well-organized and complete course syllabus. Advance registration required.
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**ONLINE** Quality Online Course Series: Getting Students Started
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Getting started . . . at last? Now that you have designed a high quality online course based on the other standards, you are ready to introduce it to your students. Set the right tone and support student success by helping them get started with a welcome, a course tour, or a navigation guide. In this workshop you will explore best practices for introducing your course structure to your students and building community. Advance registration is required.
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Blackboard Office Hours: Calculating and Submitting Final Grades
Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, Room 100B
At the end of the semester, there is a short window to calculate grades and submit them by the due date. The Blackboard Grade Center can help you calculate final grades quickly, and then you can use the Blackboard Grade Submission Tool to publish grades directly to MyNIU, saving time and reducing the opportunity for data entry errors. The tool works with both Original and Ultra Course View! During this session, staff from the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center will be available for you to ask questions individually about how grades are calculated and how to submit them automatically. And, if you already have grading done, you can submit while you are here! No advance registration is required. No advance registration required.

For your convenience, if you wish to receive a reminder, please register and you will receive a reminder a couple of days before the Blackboard Office Hours. Location: The Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center is located between the Parking Deck and Founders Memorial Library, shown here on the NIU interactive map.
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**ONLINE** Converting Your Course for Blackboard Ultra
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The new Ultra Course View is modern and intuitive with streamlined workflows to improve your efficiency. If you are ready to try out the Ultra Course View, you can certainly build your course from scratch. However, you have the option to convert your course to the Ultra Course View and preview the changes and exceptions prior to committing to using the new look and feel or returning to the Original Course View. In this online workshop, we will discuss some of the key differences in the Ultra Course View and the course conversion process. Advance registration is required.
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Spring 2020 Teaching Effectiveness Institute - The Power of Active Learning: Engaging Students Through Intentional Use of Technology
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
How can we make the most of the relatively limited time we have with our students during class? Educational research is clear: engaging students in active learning in the classroom leads to improved learning outcomes over “continuous exposition by the teacher.” In this institute, we’ll explore teaching strategies, learning principles, and digital technologies for creating active learning environments in our classrooms—and inviting all our students into deeper learning.

This institute is presented by Derek Bruff, Director of the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching.

More details are available at go.niu.edu/spring20-teiday1.
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