Course Request Process in Blackboard Now Faster with More Features

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The Division of IT has released version 2.0 of the Blackboard Faculty Tools (BFT), with faster course requests, an auto-availability option, and helpful notifications, based on feedback from faculty. Overall, the course request process is largely unchanged, so it will be familiar and easy to use. Courses will still need to be requested each semester, but thanks to the custom-built tool by NIU’s Blackboard system administrators, the process will be easier … Read More

Outstanding graduate TAs sought for awards

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NIU’s Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center is seeking nominations for the 2017 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards. These awards acknowledge outstanding graduate teaching assistants for their contributions to the teaching mission of NIU. Each recipient of the award will be presented with a plaque and recognized at the Graduate Students Reception sponsored by the Graduate School at the end of the spring semester. At least one of the awards … Read More

Tips to Engage Critical Thinkers & Writers – Transform Your Course Now!

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The Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center is pleased to share a series of workshops designed to provide faculty, teaching assistants, and instructional staff tips to effectively engage students in critical thinking and writing assignments in their courses. The workshops include hands-on activities and strategies you can immediately apply in your course. Tips focus on providing effective feedback to students, managing the workload, avoiding plagiarism and more. Participants will learn … Read More

Strategies for Starting the Semester Well

Whether you have been teaching for several years or are beginning to teach your very first semester, being prepared for the start of the semester will help make the transition successful for you and your students. The following is a list of strategies you can use the first day and into the first weeks of the semester that will help you create an engaging, motivating, and organized classroom environment. The strategies … Read More

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 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 … Read More

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