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**ONLINE** Student Presentations Online: Tools and Strategies
Tuesday, November 29, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Presentations are a great way for students to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts covered in your course. For online courses, there are a number of tools that will help you facilitate student presentations. In this workshop, you will learn about some tips and strategies to allow your students to present online. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Using LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor: Preventing Cheating During Online Exams
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 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. This session is led by staff from Respondus. Register Now!

**NEW-ONLINE** Flash Workshop: Creating Videos on the go with Kaltura's Mobile Application
Thursday, December 1, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Adding video components to your online course is a great way to diversify your content and to engage learners. But how can you make your recordings more dynamic? In this 30-minute, flash workshop, we'll explore how you and your students can create field recordings on the go, including introducing Kaltura's free mobile app, uploading to Blackboard, and additional tools and features. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Making the Move to Blackboard Ultra Course View
Monday, December 5, 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.
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**ONLINE** Using Student Achievement and Feedback to Improve Your Teaching
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Student outcomes should inform teaching practices. Immediate instructional adjustments can be based on a number of assessment techniques, including formal assessments, student self-assessment, or classroom assessment. By gathering data or evidence on student learning, instructors can analyze that evidence to determine whether students are on track to meet learning outcomes and, if not, determine how to change teaching strategies and approaches to enhance student learning. In this workshop, you will learn how and when to assess student learning to determine when to make changes to instructional approaches and decide what kinds of changes will be most effective. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Foundations of Course Design: Learning Outcomes, Learning Activities, and Assessments
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The foundation of a great course design starts with the establishment of meaningful learning outcomes. The next step is aligning assessments and course activities with those learning outcomes. In this workshop you will discover and discuss techniques to apply course design principles to your course. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Blackboard Office Hours: Calculating and Submitting Final Grades
Thursday, December 8, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM | Location: https://citl.niu.edu/20221208openquestions
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 Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning 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! Pop-ins are welcome and advance registration is optional.
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**ONLINE** Using the NIU Quality Essentials to Plan and Evaluate Your Online Course
Monday, December 12, 2022 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Online learners are resilient, persistent, self-directed learners, but you have an important role to play in helping them be successful. In this workshop, we'll identify and discuss research based standards (NIU Quality Essentials) to enhance your course design. Whether you're developing a course or interested in assessing an existing structure, you can explore the key components that will enhance any online learning space. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Using LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor: Preventing Cheating During Online Exams
Thursday, December 15, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
This comprehensive training webinar is intended for faculty who are interested in using LockDown Browser and/or Respondus Monitor to promote academic integrity for their online exams. The session provides a detailed demonstration of both applications, including enhancements that make Respondus Monitor even more effective and easy to use. This session is led by staff from Respondus. Register Now!

**ONLINE** Designing an Accessible Syllabus
Tuesday, January 10, 2023 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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.
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**NEW - ONLINE** Spring 2023 Teaching Effectiveness Institute - Burnout 101: Understanding and Mitigating Burnout in Teaching and Learning Environments
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Levels of burnout among faculty across the country are high as we continue to deal with issues of pandemic, social unrest, and political strife. But understanding burnout and actively working to mitigate its effects on our lives and classrooms is possible. In this workshop, Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark will lead you through a series of activities and reflection opportunities to answer several questions:

  • What is burnout, and how might it be impacting your life and work?
  • How might students be experiencing burnout, and how might that be influencing classroom engagement?
  • How might reaffirming your purpose as a higher ed professional as well as reconnecting with your interests and students serve as a path away from burnout?
  • How can you talk about burnout with your colleagues and administrators to improve learning environments for everyone?
Presented by Rebecca Pope-Ruark, Georgia Tech. Learn more at citl.niu.edu/spring-tei.
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**ONLINE** Making the Move to Blackboard Ultra Course View
Thursday, January 12, 2023 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 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.
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**ONLINE** Teaching the First Day of Class
Thursday, January 12, 2023 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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.
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**ONLINE** Building Engagement with a Live Synchronous Session
Thursday, January 19, 2023 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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.
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**ONLINE** Creating Multimedia to Enhance Learning
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Incorporating multimedia into your course can be extremely valuable to your students' learning. Some multimedia technology can be complicated to use. In this workshop, you will learn about some available and easy to use tools and studio space to record and share videos for short lectures, demonstrations, and more. Discovery which tool is best for you and your students. Advance registration is required.
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