Smart Classroom Training – Fall 2008

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Media Services will offer training on the use of the audiovisual equipment in Provost-sponsored smart classrooms. Both new and returning instructors should benefit from these brief seminars. Refreshments will be provided. Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 20 and 21, DuSable Hall 348, 8 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, by appointment during the day; call (815) 753-0172. The seminars are open-ended and run continually so you won’t miss a thing … Read More

Responding and Coping After Trauma

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The NIU Employee Assistance Program has created several new handouts offering tips for responding and coping following a traumatic experience.  These new handouts include: Fear, Anxiety, and Guilt After a Traumatic Event [PDF] [Word] Grief Journey Tips [PDF] [Word] Responding and Coping..After Traumatic Experiences [PDF] [Word] Stepping Stones Along Your Grief Journey…After the Death of a Loved One [PDF] [Word] Tips for Taking Care of Yourself During Stressful Times [PDF] … Read More

Wimba Classroom

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After reviewing feedback from faculty regarding the Wimba Classroom pilot, the Provost’s Office has decided to continue the Wimba Classroom license. Therefore, the Wimba Classroom tool will continue to be available in Blackboard for all NIU faculty to utilize in extending their communications with students throughout the 2008-2009 academic year. To request that Wimba Classroom be enabled in your Blackboard course(s), each semester after requesting the creation of your Blackboard … Read More

New FacDev Blog Address

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The NIU Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center Blog now has a new address…check it out at In the days ahead, we look forward to continuing to post news, announcements, resources, and encourage discussion using the blog.  Those subscribed to via RSS don’t need to do anything different…updates will continue to arrive automatically. Leave us a comment…we’d love to hear from you!

Preparing an Effective Course Syllabus

Ever wondered what to include in a course syllabus? Janet Giesen, Ed.D., Instructional Design Coordinator of the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, provides NIU faculty and staff the basics of preparing a course syllabus. Additional full-featured presentation formats, including text transcript, are available at

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