Blackboard Learn Upgrade: Memorial Day Weekend 2015

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A significant upgrade is scheduled to be performed to the Blackboard Learn System over Memorial Day weekend. The upgrade will begin at 5:00 AM on Saturday, May 23, 2015, and will complete by 5:00 AM on Sunday, May 24, 2015. The Blackboard Learn system (https://webcourses.niu.edu) will be unavailable during this time. The latest version of Blackboard Learn, April 2014 Release, will introduce several new and exciting features, including: Portfolios A … Read More

Introducing the Teaching Professor Tips App

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Get a daily teaching tip delivered to your smart phone or tablet with the new Teaching Professor Tips app. Brief and to the point, each tip provides a nugget of wisdom regarding assignment strategies, student engagement, classroom management, instructional vitality, and much more. The free app lets you: Get one tip every day (365/year) Specify the time of day you want to receive your tip Share favorite tips on social … Read More

Upgrade Details for TurningPoint Cloud

This is the second of two announcements about the upgrade the TurningPoint, which is currently planned for the Memorial Day weekend. Registering a Turning Technologies Account Once the upgrade occurs, everyone—faculty/staff and students—will need to register an account with Turning Technologies: https://account.turningtechnologies.com/account/user/validateEmail For faculty and staff who teach with TurningPoint, the account will be necessary for logging into the TurningPoint Cloud desktop software. For students, the account will be where … Read More

Learn the Basics of Using Blackboard, At Your Own Pace

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The Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center is proud to announce the release of a new online format for the Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard workshop. This new self-paced version makes it easier than ever to get started with Blackboard at NIU. Through a series of video tutorials, you will get an overview of Blackboard’s course layout and navigation, be exposed to various course tools, discover communication and assessment features, … Read More

TurningPoint Cloud to replace TurningPoint 5.3

TurningPoint is the desktop software used by faculty as part of the student response system (SRS), or “clickers”, to receive immediate feedback from students in class. The current version of TurningPoint, installed across Smart Classrooms at NIU, is 5.3. TurningPoint will be upgraded at the end of May, after the Spring semester ends and before Summer classes begin. The new version comes with a mix of benefits and costs, which … Read More

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