Review of Classroom Response Systems Complete

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From the end of March through mid-April 2016, faculty and staff from Northern Illinois University participated in a review of five classroom response (“clicker”) systems, facilitated by the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center (for an overview of the process, timeline, and the faculty needs assessment, please see this earlier article). The review was undertaken because of intermittent issues with the current officially recognized and supported clicker system, rapidly changing … Read More

End of Semester Reminders in Blackboard

As the semester draws to a close, there are some final tasks you can take care of in Blackboard, to make your courses end successfully and prepare yourself for the next semester. Calculate final grades: If you have been recording grades in the Blackboard Grade Center, you can use it to calculate the final grades for your students. Remember to check that you have entered zeroes for any missing assignments or … Read More

Celebrate Earth Day with Greener Teaching Practices

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As educators, we strive each day to teach our students to be global citizens and good stewards of the world around them. One of the ways we can model this is to incorporate greener teaching techniques into our courses. Here are some easy steps to improve your teaching green footprint, which are good for the environment and good for your students’ success. Provide your students with more than printed materials An … Read More

Summer/Fall 2016 Courses Ready to be Requested in Blackboard

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Faculty can now request their Blackboard courses for the Summer and Fall 2016 semesters. Please see the information below for instructions on the request process. Note: course requests take approximately 24 hours to be processed. The processing server runs twice daily. Step-by-Step Instructions 1. After logging in to Blackboard, click Services 2. Click Blackboard Faculty Tools 3. Click My Courses to request a course 4. Select the Semester and click … Read More

Trends in Blackboard Tool Usage at NIU

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Blackboard Learn, the primary course management system used by faculty, staff, teaching assistants, and students at NIU, continues to be an important platform for facilitating teaching and learning at NIU with over 96% of students and 92% of teaching faculty using the system during Fall 2015.  To gain even more insight into how NIU is using Blackboard, the Division of Information Technology has implemented custom reporting capabilities within Blackboard that … Read More

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