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

Instructional Technology Coordinator

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Full-time 12-month position responsible for developing and delivering programs and consultations on teaching, technology integration, and related areas for faculty, teaching staff and teaching assistants; providing training and support on the use of web course management system; preparing online and hard copy materials; working closely with various academic and support units at NIU to address their needs on instructional technologies; and participating in various activities of the Center. Required: Master’s … Read More

Social Media in Plain English

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CommonCraft has released yet another witty video, this one focusing on the basics of social media: new technology that makes everyone a producer and tools that give everyone a chance to have a say. You can find links to more great videos explaining new technologies in simple terms on theCommonCraft blog.

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