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**ONLINE** Using Rubrics for Assessment
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Rubrics can help you grade more objectively, save grading time, and assist students in completing assignments. Using rubrics to provide feedback to your students is a great way to allow them to track their progress. In this workshop, you will learn to create and use rubrics for assignments, discussions, presentations, and even tests. Advance registration required.
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**ONLINE** Helping First Generation Students Succeed
Wednesday, September 27, 2023 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Did you know that more than half of our first-year students are first generation students? First generation students have diverse, intersecting identities. We can create a more inclusive environment which draws upon the assets of our students while meeting their needs as well. 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** Social Justice Training for TAs: Cultural Center Director Panel
Wednesday, September 27, 2023 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Come join us for a discussion online with the NIU cultural center directors! The cultural resource centers provide a “home away from home” for graduate and undergraduate students to share space with those who hold similar identities. The centers are inclusive and open to individuals of all identities, not just those specific to the cultural center's focus. The discussion will include an introduction to each of the centers as a resource, information on upcoming programs and an opportunity to ask your questions. 

This session is part of a series of workshops which will assist graduate level student employees (GAs, TAs, tutors) in understanding systems of oppression and provide tools for dismantling them within the context of their educational and professional roles.

Advance registration is required.

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**ONLINE** Equitable Grading: Reducing Bias and Increasing Student Success
Thursday, September 28, 2023 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Effective grading communicates student achievement, incentivizes learning, and informs instruction. However, traditional grading can be biased and hinder growth. In this workshop, we will explore grading practices that are growth-minded and promote more equitable outcomes without lowering expectations. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities
Friday, September 29, 2023 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
When courses aren’t created with students with disabilities in mind, educators may be unprepared for accommodating them. Designing your course with accessible features built-in can help you avoid scrambling to meet students’ needs. Accessible course design also ensures all of your students can access content and participate in class without being shamed for their needs. In this workshop, we will discuss how to create accessible course materials, as well as class policies and coursework that take into account students’ needs. Advanced registeration is required.
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**ONLINE** Assessment Circle: Book Study on "Advancing Assessment for Student Success"
Tuesday, October 3, 2023 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Join colleagues for a reflective and lively discussion about how to humanize assessment to support equitable student success. We will read Advancing Assessment for Student Success by Driscoll, Graff, Shapiro and Wood and discuss practices that help students feel a sense of agency and belonging while at the same time provide meaningful information for faculty and instructors. 

Meetings are on Tuesdays from Noon to 1:30pm on 10/3, 10/17, 11/7, and 11/21. Meetings will be recorded so that those who have to miss one or two can still participate.

Advance registration is required.

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**ONLINE** Ctrl+Engage: Practical and Fun Strategies to Spark Student Engagement in Synchronous Online Classes
Wednesday, October 18, 2023 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online from Quality Matters

Presented by Dr. Wendy Tietz, professor at Kent State University

Do you struggle with student engagement in your online synchronous classes? Do you wish your online class could use more active learning techniques, but you do not know where to start? During this session, simple, practical strategies will be shared that can be used to foster student engagement in synchronous online classes (and asynchronous too). The presenter has taught online large classes synchronously and asynchronously for more than a decade, and will share the class-tested strategies she uses to energize online classes. Many of these strategies can be applied or adapted to any size of class, including large classes. Advantages and limitations of each strategy/tool will be shared. Practical tips learned from implementing these strategies will also be shared. The strategies shared are low or no-cost solutions and do not require a high level of technology expertise. Register Now!