There are so many innovative uses of technology in teaching occurring at Northern Illinois University, but not often a simple way for faculty to share their successes broadly with their NIU faculty colleagues. Simultaneously, if you are interested in using technology in teaching, it’s often most helpful to hear firsthand from fellow faculty on what tools and pedagogical approaches have been most successful.
The Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center strives to make it even easier for faculty to share instructional technology implementation successes with one another, by helping spread the word about innovative uses of technology in teaching. To that end, if you have a success story to share about your use of technology in your teaching, complete our brief survey at facdev.niu.edu/techsurvey to let us know about your innovative project.
Right now, we are just trying to gather information, but we may share this information with the NIU community in the future (with your permission, naturally). For example, your project could be an example that we share for using innovative technology in one of our workshops, or while discussing teaching with technology during a consultation with faculty. If you are ready to take it further, however, we may want to collaborate with you on a blog post, a newsletter article, or co-facilitating a workshop.
Let us know what you are doing that is exciting and innovative. Share it with a colleague, and encourage them to submit their work, as well!
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.
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 run continually so you won’t miss a thing – no matter when you drop by. Please contact Keith Bisplinghoff (753-0172) to arrange for an appointment or for other training opportunities.
The report identifies six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology across three adoption horizons spanning over the next one to five years, giving campus leaders, educational technologists, and faculty a valuable guide for strategic technology planning. The report provides higher education leaders with in-depth insight into how trends and challenges are accelerating and impeding the adoption of educational technology, along with their implications for policy, leadership, and practice.
“The release of this report kicks off the 15th year of the NMC Horizon Project, which has sparked crucial conversations and progressive strategies in institutions all over the world,”says Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of the NMC. “We are so appreciative of ELI’s continued support and collaboration. Together we have been able to regularly provide timely analysis to universities and colleges.”
“This year’s report addresses a number of positive trends that are taking root in higher education,” notes ELI Director Malcolm Brown. “More institutions are developing programs that enable students and faculty to create and contribute innovations that advance national economies, and they are also reimagining the spaces and resources accessible to them to spur this kind of creativity.”
The NMC Horizon Report > 2016 Higher Education Edition identifies “Advancing Cultures of Innovation” and “Rethinking How Institutions Work” as long-term impact trends that for years affected decision-making and will continue to accelerate the adoption of educational technology in higher education over the next five years. “Redesigning Learning Spaces” and the “Shift to Deeper Learning Approaches” are mid-term impact trends expected to drive technology use in the next three to five years; meanwhile, “Growing Focus on Measuring Learning” and “Increasing Use of Blended Learning” are short-term impact trends, anticipated to impact institutions for the next one to two years before becoming commonplace.
A number of challenges are acknowledged as barriers to the mainstream use of technology in higher education. “Blending Formal and Informal Learning” and “Improving Digital Literacy” are perceived as solvable challenges, meaning they are well-understood and solutions have been identified. “Competing Models of Education” and “Personalizing Learning” are considered difficult challenges, which are defined and well understood but with solutions that are elusive. Described as wicked challenges are “Balancing Our Connected and Unconnected Lives” and “Keeping Education Relevant.” Challenges in this category are complex to define, making them more difficult to address.
Important Developments in Educational Technology for Higher Education
Additionally, the report identifies bring your own device (BYOD) and learning analytics and adaptive learning as digital strategies and technologies expected to enter mainstream use in the near-term horizon of one year or less. Augmented and virtual reality technologies and makerspaces are seen in the mid-term horizon of two to three years; affective computing and robotics are seen emerging in the far-term horizon of four to five years.
The subject matter in this report was identified through a qualitative research process designed by the NMC and collaboratively conducted by the NMC and ELI that engaged an international body of experts in higher education, technology, business, and other fields around a set of research questions designed to surface significant trends and challenges and to identify emerging technologies with a strong likelihood of adoption in higher education. The report details the areas in which these experts were in strong agreement.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 28 – Friday, October 30 WHERE: NIU Wellness and Literacy Building Conference Room 2101 (map) COST: FREE to NIU Faculty and Staff
NIU’s Division of Information Technology is sponsoring this year’s EDUCAUSE 2015 Virtual Conference. You and your colleagues can learn and network by coming together to participate in streamed sessions from the conference in Indianapolis.
The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference is the premier higher education IT event, offering an engaging and informative program, formal and informal opportunities to build your professional network, and allows you to learn, reflect, and engage with colleagues from around the world.
Take part in content-rich sessions as an individual, or attend as a team. Participate either in-person in Indianapolis, or virtually right from your own institution. However you participate, EDUCAUSE 2015 will create a dynamic environment to share future directions, best practices, stories of successful collaborations, and solutions to community-wide issues.
Wednesday: The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies Daniel Pink
Author and Host/Executive Producer of National Ceographics Crowd Control
Thursday: The Cascade Effect: How Small Wins Can Transform Your Organization Andrew McAfee Co-Counter MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, MIT Sloan School of Management, and Author
Friday: If You Build It Emily Pilloton
Humanitarian Design Activist, Author of Design Revolution and Creator of Project H
If your schedule doesn’t allow you to attend, note that EDUCAUSE records many of the sessions. When EDUCAUSE makes the recorded sessions available to us (usually 4-8 weeks after the conference), we will share the link with you.
This conference has become a premier event in the Midwest and has attracted participants interested in supporting learning and technology in education from around the world in higher-ed, K-12, government, and the corporate sector. Over the past twelve years more than 3,200 people representing almost 200 unique institutions from the Midwest, across the country, and around the world have attended this conference. Recognizing that deployment issues, support concerns, teaching strategies, learning styles, best practices, etc. are common among the varied CMS/LMS clients (Blackboard, Moodle, Sakai, etc.), this conference invites all faculty, system administrators, CIO’s, Web developers, instructional designers, librarians, students, and user support staff from institutions that are deploying and/or currently using any Web-based tools, applications or programs, in their teaching and learning.
Call for Presentations
Submissions are invited for presentations, panel discussions, or working group activities (now through June 30, 2015) which can cover a broad range of topics that relate to best practices, innovative, engaging, and pedagogically sound uses of technology in teaching and learning, etc. Speakers are encouraged to submit proposals whose general focus is the use of technology in teaching and learning regardless of the platform or tools being used. Other topics and ideas will also be considered. If you have an idea for a panel discussion and need some help in getting people together, contact the conference coordinator, Ken Sadowski, and he can help to connect you to others who may have already expressed similar ideas.
Some of the topics presented in past conferences included:
Using Podcasting to Meet the Needs of Millennial Students
Platform-Independent Course Design
Teaching Writing Using Blogs and Wikis
Student GPA and Course Delivery Methods
Using Technology Tools to Ensure Faculty Success
Online Assessment Strategies
Using Your CMS as a Retention Tool
More detailed information can be found at the following: