Jason Rhode Named 2008 SLATE Star

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Jason Rhode, assistant director of NIU’s Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center has received the 2008 SLATE Star Award.

Jason Rhode

Rhode has made tremendous contributions to the group and Web-based education through his innovative workshops on state-of-the-art Web-based technologies, engaging tutorials and a willingness to share his expertise and experience with others.

SLATE is the Midwest Blackboard Users Group created from the concept that all institutions deploying and/or currently using Web-based components to enhance their teaching and learning activities, have the same questions, the same challenges and the need for the same solutions.

A broader and more accessible and dynamic support system can be established by drawing together the expertise of the people involved in the entire academic experience and those designing, supporting and using these applications: faculty, support staff, systems administrators, instructional designers, librarians and students.

Current membership comes from K-12, higher education and the corporate sector.

SLATE currently has 60 participating regional and global institutions among K-12, higher education and the corporate sector; NIU is one of the eight core institutions that established SLATE in 2002. The group meets each month at a participating institution to share best practices in web-based education and challenges.

The SLATE Star Award “was established in 2004 as a way to recognize an individual who has shown leadership, demonstrated initiatives, presented new ideas, improved procedures, established effective relationships or provided substantial resources that have affected the success and promotion of SLATE, the educational experience and/or the general Blackboard Community of Practice.”

Feb. 14 Recovery Sessions

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Welcome to the fall semester. To continue the healing and recovery process that we began last February after the campus tragedy, a number of recovery sessions will be held Monday through Friday from Friday, Aug. 22, through Friday, Sept. 5, for instructional and non-instructional personnel at NIU.

These recovery sessions are being scheduled for a number of reasons: Many members of the NIU community reported to us that while they were coping with the emotions and thoughts in the aftermath of the tragedy, some of them experienced delayed or lingering reactions. The recovery sessions may provide the necessary support and help in the healing process. More details…

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 no matter when you drop by. A complete demonstration with hands-on practice could take 30 minutes. If you cannot attend one of the above sessions, contact Keith Bisplinghoff at (815) 753-0172 for other training opportunities.

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:

These resource handouts have been added to the the resources for teaching after crisis compiled at www.niu.edu/facdev/resources/crisis. For more information contact the NIU Employee Assistance Program at 815-753-9191

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