Spring 2015 Teaching Effectiveness Institute on Getting Credit for What You Do

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Laurie Richlin, professor and chair of the Department of Medical Education, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine presented two, half-day workshops on getting credit for what you do. Upon check-in for both workshops, participants were presented with a copy of Dr. Richlin’s book, Blueprint for Learning: Creating College Courses to Facilitate, Assess, and Document Learning, which details much of what was presented during the institute. During the morning … Read More

Online Teaching Effectiveness Institute featured High Impact Practices and Portfolios

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During the first day of the Spring 2015 Teaching Effectiveness Institute, faculty and staff participated in two one-half day professional development sessions offered in a fully online environment. 47 faculty from across 25 academic departments participated in the morning session High Impact Practices: Fostering Student Engagement, Success, and Retention, which featured presentations from NIU faculty and staff who currently use high impact practices to support teaching and learning. Speakers representing … Read More

New launcher replaces Java for launching Blackboard Collaborate sessions on Windows

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Blackboard Collaborate is a comprehensive online learning and collaboration tool designed specifically for education.  It is already part of your Blackboard courses and organizations at NIU.  Faculty and staff can create live sessions easily and free of charge, and engage and interact for teaching, learning and other purposes. You can use a robust tool set that allows you to web conference and connect with one student or your entire class. … Read More

Call for Nominations for the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Awards

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Purpose The purpose of these awards is to acknowledge and recognize outstanding graduate teaching assistants for their contributions to the teaching mission of Northern Illinois University. Awards Each recipient of the award will be presented with a plaque and recognized at the Graduate Student Reception sponsored by the Graduate School at the end of the spring semester. Usually three awards are presented, and at least one of the awards will … Read More

2013-2014 Annual Report Now Available

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The Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center is pleased to announce the completion of our annual report for the 2013-14 academic year. This year, we created a new digital annual report that is available at facdevreport.niu.edu. Below are a few highlights. During 2013-2014, the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center contributed to the university's mission "…to promote excellence and engagement in teaching and learning, research and scholarship, creativity and artistry, … Read More

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