Many faculty consider live audio and visual interactions to be important elements of effective teaching and learning experiences online. Yet, such interactions can be difficult to foster in an online learning environment. NIU has arranged for a six month, campus-wide trial license of Wimba Classroom, an online collaboration suite designed exclusively for education that integrates with Blackboard and allows educators and students to engage effectively by combining interactive technologies with … Read More
This video by Michael Wesch in collaboration with 200 students at Kansas State University, creatively and powerfully looks at today’s students and how they are changing the world of learning and education. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGCJ46vyR9o Do you find these attributes as characteristic of the students you teach? What steps might you take to engage students of the 21st century? Please post a comment with your thoughts and reflections.
Responding to Hate: A Message about the Hate Protests at Northern Illinois University Word has spread rapidly about the fringe “religious” group (the WBC) that is bringing its agenda of hate and homophobia to our community as we grapple with the tragic events that happened on our campus. Many students and others have come together through the Internet to voice their outrage and plan responses to the protestors. We understand … Read More
Introduction You may already have seen several helpful handouts and other materials produced by NIU and sister institutions which are designed to help faculty, staff and students deal with the tragedy of February 14, 2008. The purpose of this handout is to address questions that may arise for those who share different cultural backgrounds from those typically found in the Midwest of the US. If you consider yourself an international … Read More
Special sessions have been scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (February 19-21, 2008) this week to provide support for faculty/staff/TAs in Academic Affairs in dealing directly with students returning to campus. Please review the following information notices from the Provost’s Office providing further details regarding these sessions: Provost’s Memo Regarding Counseling Support Schedule of Faculty/Staff/TAs Workshops on Counseling Support for Studentsâ€™ Return to Classes