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**NEW - ONLINE** Wisdom Wednesday: Supporting First-Generation Students
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Did you know that almost 50% of our first-year students are first generation students? While going off to college can be challenging for all students, it takes extra courage and determination to be a first-generation student. The Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning will be hosting a panel of first- generation student experts. In this engaging discussion, you will hear about some strategies to support these new Huskies through inclusive teaching practices. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Using LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor: Preventing Cheating During Online Exams
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 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. Register Now!

**ONLINE** Technology Thursday: Blackboard Ally to Support Accessibility in Your Course
Thursday, January 27, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Introducing Blackboard Ally, a great 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. As well as some other practical strategies for incorporating other Universal Design for Learning principles in your course. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Teaching Tuesday: Feedback Strategies to Enhance Learning
Tuesday, February 1, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Research shows that providing feedback is important to supporting students' learning. Faculty know the importance of feedback and sometimes find it difficult to provide effective feedback due to workload and time constraints. During this workshop we will discuss strategies for providing effective feedback, techniques for helping students use feedback to improve their work, and technologies that you may use to provide feedback. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Technology Thursday: Making the Move to Blackboard Ultra Course View
Thursday, February 3, 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 decisions 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** Special Presentation: Accessible Word Document Basics
Thursday, February 17, 2022 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

NIU is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We can all support this by always creating digital documents that are accessible to people with disabilities. It's easy to create accessible Word documents once you know how.

Guest speaker, Mark McCarthy will explain how headings, images and lists can increase the accessibility and readability of your documents. Mark McCarthy is a Senior Accessibility Engineer at the University of Illinois System Office Administrative Information Technology Services. He is primarily responsible for ensuring the accessibility of university applications and services by providing assistance, training, and guidance. He serves on the advisory committee for the IT Accessibility Liaison Program and is an instructor for the Information Accessibility Design and Policy certification program. This session is brought to you by the NIU Presidential Commission on People with Disabilities. Advance registration is required.


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