Tools To Go Paperless: Blackboard’s Inline Grading

Continuing with the mission started by the GreenUp NIU initiative, many faculty and instructors are exploring different ways to leverage technology to support a more paperless teaching and learning environment. This also helps to reduce costs for students, as they no longer have a printing allotment in the computer labs or using the Anywhere Printers. One tool of particular note has been Blackboard’s inline grading feature. Instead of requiring student work to be … Read More

Fall 2016 Teaching Effectiveness Institute on Teaching Effectiveness and Using Performance Techniques in the Classroom

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The two-day Fall 2016 Teaching Effectiveness Institute was once again a success! Day one, Fundamental Principles of Effective Teaching, featured 10 presenters who represented a range of departments and offices across campus. Presenters included NIU faculty and staff who prepared informative and engaging sessions on topics including Energizing the Classroom Experience, Establishing and Maintaining Classroom Civility, Assessing Student Learning, Preparing Successful Writing Assignments, and Planning an Effective Course Syllabus. Instead … Read More

IBM Academic Initiative 2016

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The IBM Academic Initiative has made access even easier for faculty and students to take advantage of the resources IBM is making available at no-charge for Academic purposes. The session will introduce faculty and new access for students to the IBM Academic Initiative 2.0 OnTheHub site ( for accessing resources.  The IBM cloud, software, courseware and other resources provide will be highlighted. Join us on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 from 1:00 to … Read More

Using Playlists to Supplement Course Materials, one of the most popular and successful video learning service offered, has been available to NIU faculty, students, and staff since Fall 2015. Since its release, users have relied on its extensive video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts for personal development. NIU faculty can now incorporate these high-quality materials to enhance and supplement their own course content. Videos and courses from can easily be added to Blackboard … Read More

MEDIAL: Updated Video Management with Webcam Recording

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Helix Media Library (HML), the streaming media player for uploading and sharing video and audio content available to all NIU faculty, students, and staff, is now MEDIAL, available at After a significant upgrade, the video management tool is faster, easier, and includes the ability to record video directly from a webcam. Faster One of the primary benefits to MEDIAL is that videos are encoded and transcoded for streaming online to … Read More

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