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**NEW** Getting to Know Blackboard Ultra
Monday, August 19, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
This year, we are moving to a new, much more user-friendly version of Blackboard called Learn Ultra that offers exciting new opportunities for teaching and learning while simultaneously maintaining the comfortable familiarity of our existing version of Blackboard Learn (now dubbed “Original”). This hands-on workshop will provide you an opportunity to explore the modern and intuitive design of the Blackboard Ultra experience for yourself. The Ultra experience is characterized by simplified workflows and an accessible, fully responsive design – making it easier than ever to teach and learn, from any device. We will try out the quick access provided by the new navigation and practice building a new course in the Ultra Course View. Advance registration is required.
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**NEW** Converting Your Course for Blackboard Ultra
Friday, August 23, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
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 workshop, we will discuss some of the key differences in the Ultra Course View and the course conversion process. Staff from the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center will be on hand to work with you individually on your course conversion. Advance registration is required.
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Blackboard Open Lab
Monday, August 26, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, Room 100B
Blackboard Open Lab is an excellent opportunity for faculty, staff, and TAs to ask specific questions about Blackboard. Staff from the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center will be on hand to address your questions individually. We cannot provide an overview of Blackboard at this session, but will be happy to answer specific questions about using Blackboard. No advance registration required. The Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center is located between the Parking Deck and Founders Memorial Library, shown here on the NIU interactive map.
Walk-In, No Registration Required

Blackboard Open Lab
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, Room 100B
Blackboard Open Lab is an excellent opportunity for faculty, staff, and TAs to ask specific questions about Blackboard. Staff from the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center will be on hand to address your questions individually. We cannot provide an overview of Blackboard at this session, but will be happy to answer specific questions about using Blackboard. No advance registration required. The Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center is located between the Parking Deck and Founders Memorial Library, shown here on the NIU interactive map.
Walk-In, No Registration Required

Introduction to Live Online Classes Using Blackboard Collaborate
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Many faculty consider live, personal interaction to be the most valuable element of quality teaching and learning experiences. Blackboard Collaborate 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 first-hand. No previous experience needed. Advance registration is required.
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Blackboard Open Lab
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, Room 100B
Blackboard Open Lab is an excellent opportunity for faculty, staff, and TAs to ask specific questions about Blackboard. Staff from the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center will be on hand to address your questions individually. We cannot provide an overview of Blackboard at this session, but will be happy to answer specific questions about using Blackboard. No advance registration required. The Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center is located between the Parking Deck and Founders Memorial Library, shown here on the NIU interactive map.
Walk-In, No Registration Required

**ONLINE** Multimedia Sampler
Thursday, August 29, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
This online workshop introduces an assortment of multimedia tools that faculty can use to enhance their teaching skill set. Topics will include video/audio capture/editing, streaming video, integrating digital images to enhance PowerPoint presentations, short focused tutorials, web-conferencing, incorporating portable video devices into your course, screencasting, and multimedia integration into Blackboard. Please note, that while this workshop is not hands-on, participants will be able to determine which subsequent workshops would be most useful for them.
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Getting to Know Blackboard Ultra: Hands On
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This year we upgraded to the Ultra Experience of Blackboard Learn which offers exciting new opportunities for teaching and learning while simultaneously maintaining the comfortable familiarity of our previous version of Blackboard Learn (now dubbed “Original”). This hands-on workshop will provide you an opportunity to explore the modern and intuitive design of the Blackboard Ultra experience for yourself. The Ultra experience is characterized by simplified workflows and an accessible, fully responsive design – making it easier than ever to teach and learn, from any device. We will try out the quick access provided by the new navigation and practice building a new course in the Ultra Course View. Advance registration is required.
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Writing Goals and Objectives
Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Instructional goals are broad, generalized statements about what is to be learned. Instructional objectives, on the other hand, are focused measurable statements which will help you and your students reach your goals. When written well, instructional goals and objectives will assist in identifying course content, help organize your instruction, and best of all, help students achieve your expectations. In this workshop, we will review the characteristics of instructional goals and objectives and practice writing these two important components of successful instruction. Please bring a course syllabus to the workshop. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Using Respondus LockDown Browser for Tests in Blackboard
Friday, September 6, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that prevents students from opening other programs or websites while taking a test in Blackboard. It also prevents students from copying or printing the test questions. In this workshop, which is facilitated by a representative from Respondus, you will learn more about the features of Respondus and how to enable it for your Blackboard tests. Prerequisite: familiarity with building and deploying tests in Blackboard. Advance registration is required.
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Blackboard Office Hours
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, Room 100B
Blackboard office hours is an excellent opportunity to ask specific questions about Blackboard and how to begin to build out your course. Staff will be on hand to address your questions individually. We will cover some of the specifics for developing a course in Blackboard, including personalizing course navigation, setting up the structure and assessments for both Original or Ultra course view. No advance registration required. The Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center is located between the Parking Deck and Founders Memorial Library, shown here on the NIU interactive map.
Walk-In, No Registration Required

**ONLINE** Quality Online Teaching Series: Best Practices for Delivering an Online Course
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Teaching an online course is not so different from teaching a face-to-face course. You still need to communicate with your students, grade student work, and support their learning. There are some differences, though, and research has shown that following some best practices can increase student success. In this online workshop, find out how to best support your students in the online environment and discover practical strategies you can implement in your own online courses. Advance registration is required.
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Recording Lectures with Microsoft PowerPoint
Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Instructional goals are broad, generalized statements about what is to be learned. Instructional objectives, on the other hand, are focused measurable statements which will help you and your students reach your goals. When written well, instructional goals and objectives will assist in identifying course content, help organize your instruction, and best of all, help students achieve your expectations. In this workshop, we will review the characteristics of instructional goals and objectives and practice writing these two important components of successful instruction. Please bring a course syllabus to the workshop. Advance registration is required.
Register Now!

**NEW** Writing Across the Curriculum: Teach Writing as a Process
Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM
This workshop is part of the Writing Across the Curriculum series presented by Brad Peters, Ph.D., Department of English.

What does "scaffolding" mean? Guide students through a series of short activities that add up to better written work and easier grading.
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Building Classroom Games and Simulations
Friday, September 13, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
In this hand-on workshop we will discuss, create, and share engaging educational games and simulations built using inexpensive materials. Learn about engaging game mechanics and how to relate them to your course content and instruction. Explore how games can help your students learn through cooperation, strategy, competition, and creativity! Breathe a new energy into your most difficult course topics or bring your own gaming or simulation ideas to life. Have a game that you’ve already created? Come show it off! Advanced registration is required.
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**NEW** Using the Blackboard Ultra Gradebook
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Using the new Gradebook in your Blackboard Ultra Course will save you time and make grading easier. The Gradebook in the Ultra Course View can help you more efficiently track student’s performance in your course with exciting features like student profile photos, name and assignment search, and automatic zeros for past due work. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to effectively set up the Gradebook, grade assignments, record and calculate grades, and provide feedback to your students. Prerequisites: attendance at the Getting to Know Blackboard Ultra-Hands-On. Advance registration is required.
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Designing Effective Assessments
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 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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Introduction to TurningPoint Web
Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM
In this session, a facilitator from Turning Technologies will be demonstrating TurningPoint web, our web solution with clicker functionality. Developed with stability, ease of use and time savings for instructors in mind, we will showcase the PowerPoint add-in and our scheduled polling feature, which provides instructors with the ability to schedule and facilitate surveys, assignments and more outside of the classroom while still continuing to get real time measurement of student understanding. This session is designed for new and existing users as we explore the new Web Platform and the Blackboard sync integration. Additionally, we will demonstrate steps for downloading the web PowerPoint Add-In and creating an account, so instructors are encouraged to bring their personal laptops.

Lunch will be provided for registered attendees between 11:45 AM and 12:30 PM. Register Now!

Pedagogical Applications of TurningPoint
Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 12:30 PM to 2:15 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 Turning Technologies lead session is designed for new and existing users as we explore the Blackboard sync integration and TurningPoint v8.5 pedagogical features. Whether you are interested in incorporating Gamification, Peer Instruction or a Flipped Classroom in your course, we have you covered!

Lunch will be provided for registered attendees between 11:45 AM and 12:30 PM. Register Now!

Converting Your Course for Blackboard Ultra
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 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 workshop, we will discuss some of the key differences in the Ultra Course View and the course conversion process. Staff from the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center will be on hand to work with you individually on your course conversion. Advance registration is required.
Register Now!

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric
Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
The Quality Matters (QM) Rubric identifies the characteristics of high-quality online courses that promote engagement and support student learning, based on an extensive body of research on online learning. In this day-long workshop, you will learn about the QM Rubric and its use in reviewing the design of online and blended courses by discussing the standards and conducting a partial course review. It is intended for a broad audience, including but not limited to faculty, instructors, instructional designers, and administrators who wish to understand more about the QM process and perhaps become QM Peer Reviewers. Learn more at go.niu.edu/appqmr. Advance registration is required.
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**NEW** Writing Across the Curriculum: Design Effective Collaborative Assignments
Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM
This workshop is part of the Writing Across the Curriculum series presented by Brad Peters, Ph.D., Department of English.

How can students benefit from multiple authorship? Structure writing tasks that motivate students to learn from each other.
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**NEW** Writing Across the Curriculum: Help Students Develop Visual Literacy
Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM
This workshop is part of the Writing Across the Curriculum series presented by Brad Peters, Ph.D., Department of English.

What are the connections between perception and thought in your discipline? Improve students’ writing with techniques that combine critical analysis, interpretation, and seeing.
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**NEW** Writing Across the Curriculum: Create Digital Writing Activities
Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM
This workshop is part of the Writing Across the Curriculum series presented by Brad Peters, Ph.D., Department of English.

How do electronic environments affect writers and writing? Spark students’ 21st-century communications skills using technology. Advance registration is required.
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**NEW** Writing Across the Curriculum: Facilitate "E-Portfolio Learning"
Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM
This workshop is part of the Writing Across the Curriculum series presented by Brad Peters, Ph.D., Department of English.

Why are e-portfolios effective as course projects? Discover ways that these digital tools prompt students to reflect on how they engage with course content.
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