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**ONLINE** Tips for Successful Virtual Class Sessions
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
Web conferencing systems like Blackboard Collaborate and Adobe Connect are powerful tools for live, synchronous communication online. However, delivering a virtual lecture or facilitating a live online discussion can seem like an overwhelming task. Managing content, students, and software simultaneously certainly can be intimidating! In this online session, we will discuss ways to make virtual class sessions smoother, from planning through delivery and follow-up. Advance registration is required.
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Ending Your Course with Your Students
Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
With only a few weeks remaining for the semester, it is a good time to start thinking about strategies to end the semester on a high note. In this workshop we will discuss ways to reduce the stress involved in creating exams and grading them, helping students review for the final exam, handling last-minute questions and requests (for extensions, incompletes, and letters of recommendation), evaluating your course for the next time it is taught, and saying goodbye to your students. Participants will create an end-of-the-semester action plan that can be used to help end the semester and plan future courses. Advance registration is required.
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**NEW - ONLINE** Quality Online Course Series: Getting Students Started
Friday, April 24, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online
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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Calculating Final Grades with the Blackboard Grade Center
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
The Blackboard Grade Center is a useful tool for tracking student grades and helping students understand their progress throughout the semester, but it can also efficiently calculate final grades. NIU Faculty can then use the Grade Submission tool to publish grades from the Grade Center directly to MyNIU, saving even more time. In this hands-on workshop, we will discuss how to calculate final grades, including how to use the weighted total feature, share best practices, and answer questions about specific grading systems. Prerequisites: Attendance at Managing Student Grades with the Blackboard Grade Center or previous experience using the Grade Center. Advance registration is required.
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Five Lenses for Educating for and Assessing Cultural Competence
Friday, May 15, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
A workshop by James Francisco Bonilla, Ed.D.
Professor Emeritus of Organizational Leadership & Conflict Studies
Hamline University School of Business, Saint Paul, Minnesota

This workshop will engage faculty, staff and administrators in exploring two questions, "Is there one best approach to educating for cultural competence in higher education?" and, "Is cultural competency measurable?" Goals for the session include the following: 1) To introduce five distinct approaches to educating for cultural competency along with a sampling of corresponding assessment instruments. 2) To provide faculty, staff and administrators an opportunity to identify their own preferred “lens(es)” on cultural competence, and 3) To explore some of the comparative strengths and limitations of each lens and 4) To discuss the implications of the session for teaching, service and research at Northern Illinois University. More details are available at http://facdev.niu.edu/fivelenses.
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Designing a Writing-Infused Course in the Major or General Education
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM | Location: Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room
In this daylong, interactive workshop, participants will focus on a course that they currently teach. Participants will engage in activities that help them decide what kinds of writing activities might best enhance the critical thinking they want their students to do. Follow-up stipend of $250.00 for participation in the University Writing Program Pilot Project. More details at http://facdev.niu.edu/writingcourse15
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Write Well, Publish More!
Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
This daylong, interactive workshop will put into practice habits that successful, publishing writers use. Get started, nail down the central idea, find your voice, gather feedback, revise, and join the conversation! Program participants will practice techniques for meeting readers’ expectations, sustaining their project, and seeing it through. Participants should bring 5 copies of a short (4-page) draft of a writing project.

The program will give participants a chance to form impromptu reader circles and assist one another in generating usable feedback. Participants will receive useful writing resources during the workshop. More details at http://facdev.niu.edu/writewell15
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