Latest Trends in Educational Technology Use Identified in 2016 Horizon Report

The New Media Consortium (NMC) and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) have jointly released the NMC Horizon Report > 2016 Higher Education Edition. This 13th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in higher education. The report identifies six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important … 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

Smart Classroom User Training

Smart Classroom User Training — The Division of Information Technology is offering training on using the audiovisual equipment in Provost sponsored smart classrooms. Both new and returning instructors should benefit from these brief tutorials. A complete demonstration with hands on practice could take a half-hour of your time. TRAINING DATES Tuesday, January 12 Wednesday, January 13 Thursday, January 14   Please contact Keith Bisplinghoff (753-0172) to arrange for an appointment … Read More

Free Online Workshop on “Quality Online Courses: Getting Students Started”

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Northern Illinois University’s Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center is opening its virtual doors with an online workshop entitled “Quality Online Course Series: Getting Students Started“, offered on December 14, 2015, from 12 – 1:00 pm CT. This one hour, fully online session is part of a series of workshops focused on quality online course design and best practices in online teaching and learning. The series has been well received by … Read More

NIU Brings lynda.com 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 lynda.com. Lynda.com, 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: lynda.com/aboutus). They have become one of the most popular and successful video learning service available, offering members access to a broad and … Read More

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