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

New Online Application for Graduate Teaching Certificate

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It has never been easier to apply for the Faculty Development & Instructional Design Center Graduate Teaching Certificate! The application form is now available online at facdev.niu.edu/tacertapp The certificate recognizes the participation of graduate teaching assistants (GA/RA/TAs) in the development programs offered by the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center. The certificate acknowledges these individuals’ commitment to effective teaching and can enhance their academic credentials. To qualify for this recognition, … Read More

Helix Media Library: A Secure Solution for Uploading and Sharing Video

A useful new tool for securely sharing video online is now available to the NIU community, the Helix Media Library (HML). The HML is an on-campus streaming media server that allows faculty, students and staff to store media content (audio and video). Even more intriguing is that the HML is integrated with the Blackboard Learn course management system, making it easier to incorporate media into Blackboard courses by encoding and converting … Read More

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