New Blackboard Instructor App Joins Blackboard’s Mobile App Suite

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This summer, Blackboard released the new Blackboard Instructor mobile app, which enables you to stay connected to the courses you are teaching on the go, from any Apple or Android mobile device. With the Blackboard Instructor app, you can view course content, connect with students in discussions, and interact with your class in Blackboard Collaborate.        At the same time, Blackboard renamed the previous Bb Student app to “Blackboard … Read More

2017 Blackboard Reminders for the Beginning of the Semester

As many new faculty, teaching staff, and TAs are requesting course space on Blackboard this week and get ready to begin the semester teaching their courses using Blackboard, here are a few useful links as reminders for some of the “beginning of the semester” frequently asked questions: 1. Requesting a new course on Blackboard – After logging into webcourses.niu.edu click the “Services” tab at the top of the page and then … Read More

Spring Workshops Inspire Writing and Publishing on Campus

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Engaged learning was evident in two workshops conducted by Dr. Brad Peters, professor in the NIU Department of English and Coordinator of Writing Across the Curriculum, Rhetoric and Composition. On May 23, 2017, faculty learned techniques for Designing a Writing-Infused Course in the Major or General Education. Faculty from 11 different departments shared experiences and collaborated while exploring topics including helping students become better readers, giving feedback that improves content and … Read More

Faculty Development Receives 2017 SPS Award for Partnership and Collaboration

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The Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center (FDIDC) received the 2017 Supportive Professional Staff (SPS) Award for Partnership and Collaboration at the SPS Awards Ceremony on April 12, 2017.  The award is given out annually by the Supportive Professional Staff Council to those who have the demonstrated a willingness to cooperate and collaborate for the betterment of the NIU community. The FDIDC was nominated for the award by Dr. Ritu … Read More

This Summer’s Line-up of Free Online Workshops – Registration Open to the Public

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This summer the Northern Illinois University’s Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center is offering 7 online workshops. These one hour, fully online sessions are now open to the public. We’d like to invite our colleagues in higher education to join our workshops and expand our conversations around these topics. There is no charge for participating in these workshops, but you will need to register. Summer Workshops – May through August … Read More

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