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**NEW** Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) to Jumpstart the Semester
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) are small, informal assessment practices that simultaneously engage students and help us collect information about their learning. In this workshop we will discuss tips and strategies for how to incorporate these quick but meaningful assessment techniques in our teaching and how to use the information to benefit both teaching and student learning. Participants will experience several CATs and will walk away with a range of CATs that can be immediately used to jumpstart the semester and beyond. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Ensuring Quality in Your Online Course
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 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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Fall 2015 Teaching Effectiveness Institute - Fundamental Principles of Instruction
Thursday, August 13, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
This institute is designed to introduce faculty to the basic principles of teaching, share information about teaching-related support resources available at NIU, and discuss how faculty can address students’ learning needs. This institute will include interactive presentations by NIU faculty and staff and participants will have opportunities to network with both new and experienced NIU faculty. This institute is geared toward those who are new to teaching as well as those wanting to refresh their knowledge about teaching fundamentals. More details are available at http://facdev.niu.edu/tei15day1
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Fall 2015 Teaching Effectiveness Institute - Expanding Your Feedback Toolkit: Collecting Student Feedback, Conducting Classroom Observations, and Having the Important Conversations
Friday, August 14, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
As faculty, we often reflect on student feedback as we're planning and revising our courses, but students' comments aren't always as constructive as they could be. It can be tempting to dismiss students' contradictory comments, and it can be hard to find changes you're convinced you should make. This interactive workshop seeks to improve your feedback toolkit. First, we'll look at how to collect mid-semester feedback from students that is actionable and concrete, and we'll evaluate different options for responding to student input. Second, we'll consider how faculty can provide informed feedback to one another through classroom observations. We'll look at a variety of best practices for classroom observations and we'll tackle the most common roadblocks. More details at http://facdev.niu.edu/tei15day2.
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Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Monday, August 17, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Learn the basics of creating and developing a course in Blackboard, NIU's Web Course Management System. Participants will get an overview of Blackboard's layout and navigation. In addition, participants will add materials to a sample Blackboard course, use classroom collaboration tools, and request their own Blackboard courses. Prerequisites: knowledge of Web browsing and basic computing skills. Advance registration is required.
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Fall 2015 Teaching Assistant Orientation
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM | Location: Duke Ellington Ballroom, Holmes Student Center
At this orientation, graduate teaching assistants will learn the basic principles of teaching and related responsibilities, gather information about campus support resources, and network with other GAs, faculty, and resource staff. While it is designed for new graduate assistants, continuing graduate assistants will also benefit from the orientation. The day’s sessions are presented by NIU faculty, staff, and administrators who are knowledgeable and experienced in the topics. Registration is open until August 14. More details available at http://facdev.niu.edu/tao15
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Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Friday, August 21, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Learn the basics of creating and developing a course in Blackboard, NIU's Web Course Management System. Participants will get an overview of Blackboard's layout and navigation. In addition, participants will add materials to a sample Blackboard course, use classroom collaboration tools, and request their own Blackboard courses. Prerequisites: knowledge of Web browsing and basic computing skills. Advance registration is required.
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Blackboard Open Lab
Monday, August 24, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Adams Hall, Room 323
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.
Walk-In, No Registration Required

Blackboard Open Lab
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Adams Hall, Room 323
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.
Walk-In, No Registration Required

Introduction to Live Online Classes Using Blackboard Collaborate
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Many faculty consider live, personal interaction to be the most valuable element of quality teaching and learning experiences. Blackboard Collaborate is an online collaboration tool that integrates seamlessly with Blackboard, allowing faculty to conduct live class sessions with students online. During this hands-on workshop, participants will receive an overview of the features of Blackboard Collaborate and step-by-step assistance with creating and managing Blackboard Collaborate sessions within Blackboard. Advance registration is required.
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Blackboard Open Lab
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Adams Hall, Room 323
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.
Walk-In, No Registration Required

Using PowerPoint Interactively to Engage and Motivate Students
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Now that you have used PowerPoint to outline lectures and visually present information, learn how to create dynamic, interactive PowerPoint slides that can motivate and engage students. In this hands-on workshop, participants will construct a progressive series of PowerPoint slides that will illustrate a number of engaging, interactive, and focused strategies beyond simple projection of lecture notes. Advance registration is necessary.
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Blackboard Tune-Up
Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
The Blackboard Learn 9.1 April 2014 Release delivers helpful enhancements to existing tools and a few exciting new tools. For example, the new Portfolio tool will entirely replace the legacy portfolio tool currently available, in addition to an enhancement of the Assignment and SafeAssignment Integration. Entirely new tools include  the Anonymous and Delegated grading feature, as well as the Student Preview feature that provides faculty with the ability to easily see the course exactly how a student would see it.  Join us to see the updated interface and new features first-hand. Advance registration is required. 
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Blackboard Open Lab
Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Adams Hall, Room 323
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.
Walk-In, No Registration Required

Blackboard Open Lab
Friday, August 28, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: Adams Hall, Room 323
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.
Walk-In, No Registration Required