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 (ibm.onthehub.com) 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 Lynda.com Playlists to Supplement Course Materials

Lynda.com, 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 lynda.com 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 hml.niu.edu. 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

Breakout Groups, Polling, Closed Captioning Added to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra continues to evolve as Blackboard adds new features to improve your teaching and learning experience! Just recently, Blackboard released 2 exciting new features, Breakout Groups and Polling, and a new tutorial on the existing Closed Captioning feature. Check them out! Stay up-to-date on what’s new in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra by reviewing Blackboard’s What’s New page. Breakout Groups To facilitate small group collaboration, you can create breakout groups that are separate … Read More

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