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

Office 365 Groups – Tools to Facilitate Student Collaboration

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Student or group collaboration can be one of the most fulfilling learning activities university students can experience. Given that collaboration is the standard of practice for individuals in post college career settings, it is preferable that students have opportunities to develop and practice these skills during their college career.  Faculty can have a positive impact in this area by carefully considering the design of collaborative activities, monitoring group progress thru … Read More

Seeking Examples of Innovative Technology Use in Teaching

There are so many innovative uses of technology in teaching occurring at Northern Illinois University, but not often a simple way for faculty to share their successes broadly with their NIU faculty colleagues. Simultaneously, if you are interested in using technology in teaching, it’s often most helpful to hear firsthand from fellow faculty on what tools and pedagogical approaches have been most successful. The Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center … Read More

Trends and Motivation for Blackboard Use at NIU

Supporting faculty and teaching staff’s use of instructional technologies at Northern Illinois University is one the major functions of the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, which requires us to keep up with trends in their use on campus so we can provide better support. Last academic year, the center focused on understanding how and why faculty at NIU use Blackboard Learn to support their teaching. Blackboard Tool Use NIU … Read More

Using Lynda.com Courses in Your Teaching

NIU has an institutional license for Lynda.com, a leading online learning platform with courses in business, software, technology, and creative skills. All NIU students, faculty, and staff can access the courses to learn a new skill or explore a new interest. This makes them a valuable resource to include in your course design! Here are a few tips to help you go further. Sharing Direct Links to a Course Students must … Read More

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