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**ONLINE** Integrating Civic Learning in Your Course
Monday, March 4, 2024 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Civic learning is an important component of higher education. Local, regional, and national civics impact citizens’ lives, so integrating civic learning in the college classroom can assist student citizens in exploring how these different levels of civics are interconnected and integral to a healthy democracy and why they are meaningful to students’ lives. In this workshop, you will be introduced to some strategies for integrating civic learning into your courses in relevant and meaningful ways. Some strategies discussed may include classroom instruction in civics, service learning, experiential learning, models and simulations of democratic processes, guided classroom discussion of topical issues, and participation in school governance. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Making the Move to Blackboard Ultra Course View
Tuesday, March 5, 2024 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** Creating a Sense of Belonging in Your Online Course
Wednesday, March 6, 2024 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Help your students succeed by learning techniques and strategies to build a sense of community and belonging in your online course. In this workshop we will discuss ways to foster communication, build interaction, and to promote inclusivity. Join us as we explore avenues to help students engage and feel connected with their online courses. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Using LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor: Protect the Integrity of Online Tests
Wednesday, March 6, 2024 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** Video-based Assessment Using Kaltura
Thursday, March 7, 2024 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Student produced videos are an effective and engaging way to evaluate students. In addition to demonstrating their learning, video creation provides an opportunity for students to develop their communication, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. In this workshop we will discuss how to use Kaltura, NIU’s video hosting platform, to record and share video content, the benefits of using video-based assessment for formative and summative purposes, and ways to integrate student produced videos into your overall assessment strategy. Advance registration is required.
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**NEW - ONLINE** Supporting LGBTQ+ Students in the Classroom
Friday, March 8, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
As educators, our effort to support LGBTQ+ students shouldn’t begin and end with acknowledging pronouns and identifying the nearest gender-inclusive bathrooms. Even if the topic of your course doesn’t include identity, LGBTQ+ students benefit when their perspectives are taken into consideration during course development. In this workshop, we will discuss ways to support LGBTQ+ students through class policies, materials, and delivery. Advance registration required.
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**ONLINE** CARLI Open Pedagogy Workshop
Friday, March 8, 2024 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

When you use open pedagogy in your classroom, you are inviting students to be part of the teaching process, participating in the co-creation of knowledge. In this online workshop, you will learn the definition and context of Open Pedagogy, view innovative examples being applied in a variety of subjects and formats, and work with other attendees to create an assignment that you can use in your own class. Advance registration required on CARLI website.

Presenters:
Dee Anna Phares, Northern Illinois University;
Chris Sweet, Illinois Wesleyan University;
Elizabeth Clarage, Michele Leigh, and Nicole Swanson, CARLI


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**ONLINE** Mentoring Graduate Student Writing in the Era of Generative AI
Tuesday, March 12, 2024 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM | Location: Online from Western Michigan University
Generative AI provides many opportunities for researchers and writers, but it also poses challenges when it comes to mentoring graduate student instructors and writers. Join a panel of Western Michigan University experts as we consider how to navigate our roles as graduate mentors in this new AI-rich environment. Register Now!

**ONLINE** VoiceThread Basics 1- Upload, Comment, and Share
Tuesday, March 12, 2024 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
You will learn how to use VoiceThread to upload media, comment and annotate on that media, and share it with others. This will be a slow paced, step-by-step, hands-on workshop. It is led by VoiceThread staff. Register Now!

**ONLINE** Using LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor: Protect the Integrity of Online Tests
Tuesday, March 12, 2024 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 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!

**NEW - ONLINE** What's New in Ultra
Monday, March 18, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Blackboard releases monthly updates and improvements to Blackboard Learn Ultra. Many of these improvements can add value to your courses and improve your workflows. The What’s New in Blackboard workshop will explore newly released or improved features that can improve the user experience of students and instructors. It will consist of tutorials, discussion, and interactive exploration. Topics will vary. Prerequisites: attendance at Making the Move to Blackboard Ultra Course View. Advance registration required.
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**ONLINE** Strategies for Enhancing Instructor Presence in an Online Classroom
Tuesday, March 19, 2024 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Building community and a sense of connection in your courses can influence your students' success. One way to help your students feel a sense of connection to you and your content is to build instructor presence in your course. Whether you teach face-to-face, online, or in hybrid modalities, this workshop explores strategies to help you improve student performance and engagement by boosting communication and building strong relationships. Advance registration is required.
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**NEW - ONLINE** Mentoring Across Differences: Using Culturally Responsive Practices to Drive Student Growth
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Having an effective mentor is the difference between success and failure in any field. An early mentoring relationship helps mentees develop their skills and knowledge, build a network, navigate challenges, and develop self-confidence, leadership skills, and career goals. In this workshop, participants will explore evidence-based scientific criteria for what constitutes a good mentoring relationship, including mentoring practices that are culturally sensitive and effective in accelerating students in any field. Advance registration required.
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**ONLINE** The Disappearing Student: Helping Students Persist and Succeed
Thursday, March 21, 2024 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Perseverance is important for student success. In this workshop we will discuss how course projects, assessments, feedback, grades and developing a sense of community can help students persist in their course work. Join us to learn strategies to foster students’ perseverance, keep students consistently engaged, and help students succeed in your courses. Advance registration is required.
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**ONLINE** Making the Move to Blackboard Ultra Course View
Tuesday, March 26, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
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** Designing and Assessing Generative AI Student Projects
Wednesday, March 27, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Four award-winning college instructors from across the curriculum share innovative assignments that they designed to develop the “essential skills” and “student learning outcomes” that were the focus of the February Adobe Creative Campus Digital Literacy Café. Each case study includes the principles, goals, and contexts of each assignment, including lesson plans, materials, assessment strategies, and a reflection on the results. This session is facilitated by Adobe. Register Now!

**ONLINE** Blackboard Communication Tools
Wednesday, March 27, 2024 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.
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**ONLINE** Developing Self-Directed Learners
Thursday, March 28, 2024 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Have you ever wondered why some students thrive in classes and others struggle? Of course, the reasons vary for each student. Self-directed learning skills can have a significant, positive impact on students’ success in college. During this workshop we will discuss strategies for helping students plan, monitor, evaluate and guide their own learning to maximize results. Advance registration is required.
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**NEW - ONLINE** Using Positionality Statements to Embrace Classroom Diversity
Friday, March 29, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
The diverse experiences, backgrounds, and identities that educators and learners bring to courses enrich discussions, writing, and critical thinking. While objectivity is often a goal in research and analysis, positionality—the way that we understand the world because of our identities and experiences—influences the way that we see the world and our place in it. Positionality statements give us a way to claim these influences, demonstrating that diverse identities bring important perspectives and recognizing the value of lived experience. In this workshop, we will discuss how to create and use positionality statements in our classes. Together, we'll explore how acknowledging identities and using positionality statements empower diverse learners. Advance registration required.
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**ONLINE** Empowering Students: Fostering Equity Through Basic Needs and Financial Support Structures
Friday, April 12, 2024 from 8:45 AM to 3:00 PM
The theme for the 4th annual Equity Institute centers on how our ILEA community of practice can intentionally empower students by fostering equity through basic needs and financial support structures while cultivating a culture of care and support in college campuses where students can thrive and complete their college education.

The Equity Institute will highlight leaders and experts, practitioners, diverse student panelists and equity-minded champions that are at the forefront of changing basic needs security and providing intentional financial support structures for diverse students by transforming college campuses to communities of care. This session is sponsored by the Partnership for College Completion and ILEA. Register Now!

**ONLINE** Exploring the 2024 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report: Teaching and Learning Edition
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
A panel of global experts will explore the trends, challenges, and key technology developments identified in the 2024 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report | Teaching and Learning Edition. Members of the Horizon Report team and panel will highlight contextual trends and challenges and discuss how key technologies can assist higher education teaching and learning professionals in meeting upcoming challenges and capitalizing on opportunities. Implications of trends and key technologies will be considered from different institutional perspectives. This session is led by EDUCAUSE; NIU faculty, staff, and students can create an EDUCAUSE account using their NIU email address to attend at no cost. Register Now!