Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning

select
   rss    My Registrations

**ONLINE** Using LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor: Preventing Cheating During Online Exams
Thursday, July 7, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 12:45 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** Making the Move to Blackboard Ultra Course View
Tuesday, July 12, 2022 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Blackboard Ultra Course View is modern and intuitive with streamlined workflows to improve your efficiency. If you are ready to move to the Ultra Course View, there are several ways to do so, including using CITL pre-built templates to get you started. You can even preview the changes before converting to Ultra to make the best decision for your course. In this online workshop, we will discuss some of the key differences from the Original Course View and discuss practical strategies for moving or building your course in Ultra Course View. Advance registration is required.
Register Now!

**ONLINE** Using LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor: Preventing Cheating During Online Exams
Tuesday, July 19, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 1:45 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** Blackboard Communication Tools
Tuesday, July 19, 2022 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 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 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. Advance registration is required.
Register Now!

**ONLINE** Blackboard Assessment Tools to Measure Student Achievement
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Blackboard Ultra offers instructors a variety of useful options for online assessment. Each tool can incorporate text, images, and multimedia into your assessments and student work is automatically available in gradebook for easy grading and feedback. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to learn effective practices for using assignments, tests and graded discussions to measure student achievement. Advance registration is required.
Register Now!

**ONLINE** Using the Blackboard Ultra Gradebook
Tuesday, July 26, 2022 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 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 Making Your Move to Blackboard Ultra Course View. Advance registration is required.
Register Now!

**ONLINE** What's New and Coming Soon to Blackboard Ultra Course View
Thursday, July 28, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Discover what’s new with Blackboard Ultra Course View including the latest features and enhanced capabilities. The modern design and streamlined workflows of Ultra Course View go beyond the benefits of the base navigation. In this workshop, you will learn about how Blackboard Ultra course view can make grading, communicating, and group projects easier. Advance registration is required.
Register Now!

**ONLINE** Using Blackboard Ally to Support Accessibility in Your Course
Wednesday, August 3, 2022 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Blackboard Ally is a powerful tool for providing your students with more accessible content. NIU is full of diverse students with unique learning abilities, and Ally allows students more choice in a format that works best for them. The best part is that this is done automatically. In this workshop, you will discover how Blackboard Ally generates alternative formats for students to download and gives instructors feedback on how to improve their courses accessibility. We will also discuss some other practical strategies for incorporating Universal Design for Learning principles in your course. Advance registration is required.
Register Now!

**ONLINE** Calculating Overall Grades with Blackboard Ultra Grade Book
Monday, August 8, 2022 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
In the Blackboard Ultra course view the Grade Book is a useful tool for tracking student grades and helping students understand their progress throughout the semester on individual assessments, but it can also efficiently calculate an overall grade on an ongoing basis as well as a final grade. The overall grade is visible to students on the Grades page in the base navigation and provides students with a sense of their current performance. At the end of the semester, NIU faculty can then use the Grade Submission tool to publish grades from the Grade Book directly to MyNIU, saving even more time. In this online workshop, we will discuss how to calculate overall grades, including how to use the weighted total feature, share best practices, and answer questions about specific grading systems. Advance registration is required.
Register Now!

**ONLINE** Designing an Accessible Syllabus
Tuesday, August 9, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
The course syllabus is an essential component of your course and should be precise, clear and accessible. A syllabus is often the first means of communication between you and all of your students. A well-designed, accessible syllabus follows Universal Design Principles for Learning and benefits all students. In this workshop, you will be provided with tools to help you create a well-organized and accessible course syllabus. Advance registration required.
Register Now!

**ONLINE** Introduction to Live Online Classes Using Web Conferencing Tools
Wednesday, August 10, 2022 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 and Zoom are web conferencing/collaboration tools that faculty and students rely on to provide opportunities for live interaction and personal connection in online and blended courses. In this workshop, you will be able to try the features of Collaborate first-hand and learn about common features in Zoom and other web-conferencing tools. Advance registration required.
Register Now!

Fall 2022 Teaching Effectiveness Institute - Uncovering the Hidden Curriculum
Thursday, August 11, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Outside the formal dimensions of learning lies a curriculum rarely discussed: the hidden curriculum of how to be an effective student in higher education. This curriculum is not carefully laid out in college catalogs, and it may seem obvious to experienced faculty and instructors, but it can be a barrier to student success, particularly for first-generation students. When we uncover it for our students, we can create a more equitable learning environment. In this session we will discuss aspects of higher education's hidden curriculum and how you can help students to become more effective learners.

Presented by Todd Zakrajsek, Ph.D., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Learn more at citl.niu.edu/fall-tei.
Register Now!

Fall 2022 Teaching Effectiveness Institute - Motivating and Engaging Students
Friday, August 12, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Research on learning is clear: we learn more when we are motivated and engaged, but it is unrealistic to expect that all students are excited to learn in every course. When we encounter students who seem uninterested or even apathetic toward course content and assignments, there are ways we can motivate, excite and even inspire students to learn. This is more challenging than ever given how exhausted we all are as we emerge from the pandemic, so this session is an opportunity to explore how you, even in these difficult times, can make classroom learning a more meaningful experience for students.

Presented by Todd Zakrajsek, Ph.D., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Learn more at citl.niu.edu/fall-tei.
Register Now!

**ONLINE** Making the Move to Blackboard Ultra Course View
Monday, August 15, 2022 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Blackboard Ultra Course View is modern and intuitive with streamlined workflows to improve your efficiency. If you are ready to move to the Ultra Course View, there are several ways to do so, including using CITL pre-built templates to get you started. You can even preview the changes before converting to Ultra to make the best decision for your course. In this online workshop, we will discuss some of the key differences from the Original Course View and discuss practical strategies for moving or building your course in Ultra Course View. Advance registration is required.
Register Now!

**ONLINE** Teaching the First Day of Class
Tuesday, August 16, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Whether you have been teaching for years or are about to teach your very first semester, being prepared for the first day of class takes planning. No matter how hard you try to find your course notes from last semester, discover a new technique to remember your students’ names, or begin using a new technology in the classroom, careful planning for the first day is critical to making a positive initial impression on your students (and making you feel good about the class, too). Advance registration is required.
Register Now!

**ONLINE** Building Engagement with a Synchronous Session
Thursday, August 25, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Research indicates that students are more likely to retain knowledge and explore new skills when they feel engaged with both their coursework and their peers. For online students, it is crucial that they form connections in order to persist and succeed. One of the ways to engage and connect students is with a synchronous session using a web-conferencing tool. In this workshop you will learn techniques and strategies for facilitating an engaging, synchronous online course session. Advance registration is required.
Register Now!