Smart Classroom User Training

man standing in front of a wall mounted screen with a small audience
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

Thursday, January 12th

DuSable Hall 348, from 1-2 p.m

Friday, January 13th

DuSable Hall 348, from 1-2 p.m.

 

These seminars are open-ended and run continually so you won’t miss a thing – no matter when you drop by. Please contact Keith Bisplinghoff (753-0172) to arrange for an appointment or for other training opportunities.

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.Smart Classroom

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, August 16th

Cole Hall 106, from 8:00AM – 3:00PM by appointment call 753-0172

Wednesday, August 17th & Thursday August 18th

DuSable Hall 348, from 8:00AM – 12:00PM and 1:00PM – 3:00PM

Friday, August 19th

By appointment during the day (call 753-0172)

 

Wednesday/Thursday seminars are open-ended and run continually so you won’t miss a thing- no matter when you drop by. A complete demonstration with hands on practice could take a half-hour of your time. If you cannot attend one of the above sessions, please contact Keith Bisplinghoff (753-0172) to arrange for an appointment or for other training opportunities.

Celebrate Earth Day with Greener Teaching Practices

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Davis Hall viewed through spring tulips at NIU
Photo Credit: NIU Creative Services

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 overall push to reduce printing is a good first step in reducing your environmental impact. Moreover, reducing printed materials is also good for your students’ learning. Providing your students with a variety of materials through multiple modalities can help offer choice and preference in how they learn content best. You can now find materials in many forms such as e-books, online tutorials, videos, infographics, and written materials. Your students can access museum archives, listen to a symphony on a train, or review your lecture notes from their phones at their convenience beyond the regular class period. Simply by providing your students with electronic materials in a variety of formats reduces your carbon footprint and is often more accessible to a diverse student body.

Assess your students and grade their work online

Consider changing up your assessments and putting more of them online. By using Blackboard assessment tools, students can submit their work electronically and grading can be easier.  Some of Blackboard’s most commonly used assessment tools include Assignments, Tests, and Discussions forums. One of the real benefits of online assessments is the ability to provide your students with valuable feedback on how they are doing with no printing necessary.  Find out more about Blackboard’s Inline Grading. Other benefits to putting your assessments online, include using SafeAssign for plagiarism detection and managing due dates.

Attending Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center’s Teaching with Technology Institute on June 2, 2016

Beginning this summer, the Division of IT is planning to migrate NIU student email into the Microsoft Exchange system, so that NIU faculty and students will be on the same email system for the first time ever. This adds even more functionality to Microsoft Office 365, which students have had access to for over a year. Students will have the ability to easily share files, work collaboratively, and share media-rich notes. During the morning session of the 2016 Teaching with Technology Institute, participants will discover how to use these tools in new ways to communicate and collaborate with their students.

Resources

Greener Teaching Techniques – This article is a compilation of techniques for environmentally-friendly teaching from a variety of sources, including other academic institutions and environmental agencies.

NIU Green Team – All students, faculty, and staff are invited to join and help shape the future of NIU.

 

 

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.Smart Classroom

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 on January 12, 13, or 14, 2016.

NIU Brings lynda.com to Campus

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Lynda

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 varied video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.

Members of this subscription-based company range from individuals committed to life-long learning, to corporate, academic, and government institutions. The campus-wide agreement provides the NIU community unlimited access to lynda.com’s extensive collection of courses on many subjects. These include 3D + Animation, Business, Audio + Music, Business, CAD, Design, Developer, Education + Elearning, IT, Marketing, Photography, Video, and Web. Within each of these subject areas are multiple topics. Each course can offer a range of video tutorials, documents, and exercises. Under the topic of Education and Elearning, there are 170 courses and more than 7,000 video tutorials. A sampling of video tutorial titles includes Universal Principles of Design, Teacher Tech Tips, College Prep: Writing a Strong Essay, Student Tools, Microsoft Excel/Word/PowerPoint, Captivate, and Prezi. Although there are other websites that host tutorials on a plethora of subjects, such as YouTube, a common complaint is the lack of consistent quality.

With the availability of this new resource, faculty and instructors may want to consider how they might supplement and enhance their own instruction as they prepare for the spring semester. One possible scenario might have students viewing tutorials that build skills to better complete a course assignment. For example, an assignment might require students to create a class presentation. The course instructor might include links to tutorials on using PowerPoint or Prezi. In another scenario, an instructor might offer students an option to complete an assignment in a video format rather than submitting a more conventional MS Word document. Students with limited experience capturing, editing, and encoding video could benefit by reviewing one of more video tutorials on this subject. Faculty have the option to create and share a playlist of tutorials on a specific topic for their students. Students also have options, including the ability to take notes that synch with video tutorials, which can assist in the learning process.

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to explore this resource that NIU has made available. Please note that it is necessary to enter lynda.com by going through the NIU portal go.niu.edu/lynda and then logging in with the NIU Account ID and password. For those individuals who have a current subscription account with lynda.com, they will be asked to migrate their previous account information to a new NIU account. Once logged in to lynda.com, users can browse the online training library, watch training courses, manage training courses and their account, and even problem solve with a lynda.com specialist.

The Division of Information Technology – Training and Communication will host an open forum about lynda.com on Thursday, November 19th, in the HSC Regency Room from 10:00 am to 10:30 am. Two NIU teaching staff will share how they have already used lynda.com in their own courses. In addition, the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center is planning on offering a number of workshops to assist faculty and staff to use lynda.com. These include an online webinar to introduce features of lynda.com in December and a hands-on workshop to be offered during the spring 2016 semester. Please visit  the Faculty Development’s Upcoming Programs webpage in order to register for one or both of these workshops.

For a series of instructional tutorials on how to use lynda.com, visit go.niu.edu/lyndahowto.

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