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

When the Community and the Classroom Collide: Service-Learning at NIU

This article is guest-authored by Renique Kersh and Michaela Holtz from the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning, and Destiny McDonald from Student Involvement and Leadership Development. We are grateful that they have shared their expertise on Service Learning for our blog and spring 2016 newsletter! Service Learning, as a practice, “deliberately integrates community service activities with educational objectives” (Bringle & Hatcher, 1990, p. 180). As a transformative learning pedagogy, service … Read More

NIU to Conduct Review of Classroom Response Systems

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Five years ago, at the request of faculty and teaching staff, the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center facilitated a search for classroom response (“clicker”) systems, in order to standardize their use at Northern Illinois University. At the time, some students had been required to buy and use multiple systems as part of their class materials, which faculty and instructors found untenable. At the end of that search, faculty chose … Read More

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