August 2012 Welcoming Programs were a Great Success!

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August 2012 Welcoming ProgramsWe are happy to report to the NIU community that the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center’s fall 2012 welcoming programs were all well-attended and well-received! We would like to thank all co-sponsors, presenters, and participants of our programs who helped make each program successful.

Teaching Effectiveness Institute sponsored by the Center consisted of two one-day institutes. Day 1, on August 15, 2012, was on the fundamental principles of instruction and presented by NIU faculty and staff, and Day 2, held on August 16, 2012, was a day-long institute “Tools of Engagement: Connecting with Educationally Human Moments through Technologies,” by Kelvin Thompson, (University of Central Florida). The two-day institute had largest attendance in a while and both days were well received.

The 10th annual Teaching Assistant Orientation, held on August 21, 2012 and sponsored by the Center, had the largest attendance ever with 226 attendees. The orientation included a series of presentations to the entire audience in the morning and 5 concurrent sessions during the afternoon on different topics of interest to graduate teaching assistants (GTAs). The sessions were presented by NIU faculty, staff, and GTAs. If your department hired GTAs after August 21st, or if your GTAs were unable to attend the orientation, they can view the slides made available by some of the presenters here.

The second annual University Support Expo, was co-sponsored by the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, Human Resource Services, and Document Services, and held on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 in the Duke Ellington Ballroom. The expo welcomed new and current faculty, academic support staff, instructors and GTAs to the new academic year. Attendees were invited to browse among more than 40 university support units available to them. A total of 140 people attended this year’s expo.

Adding to the success of the fall 2012 welcoming programs, participants’ feedback was excellent as were the number of unsolicited comments received from attendees during and after each program. We continue to use your valued feedback as we prepare future programs.