Learning Communities as a High-Impact Practice

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What used to be an innovative trend in teaching and learning is now a “credible and proven curricular model” (Laufgraben, J. L., & Shapiro, N. S., 2004, p. xiii). Learning communities are high-impact instructional practices that engage people to work together toward a common goal—students working with students, faculty working with faculty within the same discipline or from different disciplines, or students working with faculty. Learning communities can have a … Read More

Developing and Posting Recorded Lectures with Adobe Presenter

When preparing to teach online, one should consider how a myriad of face-to-face activities might be reconfigured. For example, in a face-to-face setting, lecturing is often a major method for distributing content. This is live or synchronous activity, where students can observe and listen to the instructor for new course concepts and ideas. One can also conduct lectures, albeit in an asynchronous manner, using tools that can match displayed content … Read More

New Blackboard Features Coming in May

This year’s update to Blackboard is smaller than some years, but it still has a big impact on teaching and learning. The update (planned to occur over Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25, 2015) will move NIU to the April 2014 Release of Blackboard. Although there is a more recent release from October 2014, the April 2014 Release is considered to be more stable. Read on to learn about what changes you can … Read More

New Blackboard Observer Role Supports Student Success

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This Spring, the Division of IT introduced the Observer role in Blackboard. This role is designed to allow academic counselors and other support staff to monitor the progress and performance of the students they work with. Observers have the potential to view the grades of the students they are observing as well as content in the courses in which their students are enrolled. Of course, Observer access to student grades and … Read More

New Online Program Development and Support Services Now Available

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It’s now easier than ever before for faculty and staff interested in online teaching to receive support for developing and teaching new online courses online at NIU. The Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center and eLearning Services have joined forces to provide centralized support for online course design and development as part of the new Office of Online Program Development and Support (OPDS). The Online Program Development and Support (OPDS) Office … Read More

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