NIU Brings to Campus

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Northern Illinois University students, faculty, and staff are the beneficiaries of a campus-wide license agreement recently signed by NIU and, founded in 1995, is a leading online learning company that helps users ‘…. learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals’ (source: They have become one of the most popular and successful video learning service available, offering members access to a broad and … Read More

Faculty Student Relationships Tutorial

The faculty student relationship can be one of the most gratifying experiences for college students.  Faculty who have positive relationships with their students during those interactions can help them succeed academically and increase their overall satisfaction with their educational experience at the university (Pascarella,1980; Fusani, 1994). However this can be achieved only when faculty demonstrate professional conduct in their interactions with students and promote a culture of mutual trust and … Read More

Enhancing Live Online Sessions with the New Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

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Personal interaction between you and your students is one of the most valuable elements of quality teaching and learning experiences. However, it can be challenging to maintain high levels of interaction when your students are not in a classroom, such as in blended or online courses, or with students who are not often on campus, like adult learners or commuting students. Web conferencing tools, when properly implemented, promote collaboration and interaction … Read More

Results of the 2015 Teaching Assistant Campus-wide Survey

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During the spring 2015 semester, the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center conducted a survey of all Teaching Assistants at NIU. We send a similar survey every four years to teaching assistants, and survey all faculty and instructors every four years on an alternating schedule (so that we get significant feedback from campus every two years). This year, 135 teaching assistants responded to the survey. Over 65% of respondents had attended our … Read More

Service Learning in Higher Education

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Service learning is an engaging teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful, real-world community service with instructional goals and objectives. The service experience involves students in essential reflection activities that enrich the mutually beneficial outcomes of students and the community. Falling under the umbrella term Experiential Learning, service learning joins other student-centered learning strategies such as problem- and project-based learning, active learning, and place-based learning (Wurdinger & Carlson, 2010, p. … Read More

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