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 For more information contact the NIU Employee Assistance Program at 815-753-9191

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 courses, simply click here complete the online request form.

A wealth of helpful documentation, video tutorials, and online training resources regarding Wimba Classroom are available here.

Those planning on using Wimba Classroom this fall you may find the upcoming online workshop, “Success with Wimba Classroom” to be of great benefit. This one hour introductory session is designed to equip you with the five teaching tips for engaging, interactive sessions. You will learn the recommended techniques to prepare your participants before attending your live session. You will also learn how to communicate with and manage the interactions of your participants. Best practice tips will be covered regarding your content along with an overview of the importance of archives. Complete details are available at

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!

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 degree in instructional technology or related field, with knowledge of instructional design principles, pedagogical techniques, Web-based course management system and office productivity tools; experience in developing and delivering workshops in a university; ability to develop training materials and documentation, handle multiple tasks and function collaboratively and collegially in a team environment.

Preferred: Doctoral degree; experience in teaching in a higher education environment, offering training programs on web course management systems, ability to learn and show how to use new instructional technologies in teaching, and plan and coordinate programs.

Send: Letter of application, resume and three current letters of professional references related to this position to: Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, Instructional Technologies Coordinator Search, NIU, DeKalb, IL 60115. Preference will be given to complete applications received by July 31, 2008, however, applications will be accepted until position is filled. AA/EEO Institution.

To download a complete position description, visit

New Online Collaboration Suite Features in Blackboard

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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 instructional best practices.

Some of the features of Wimba Classroom include:

  • presentations with audio and video narration
  • multi-way audio and video chat
  • public and private text chat
  • electronic whiteboard for annotating, diagramming, etc.
  • polls, quizzes, and surveys conducted in real-time and rusults available on demand
  • desktop sharing / application sharing
  • breakout rooms
  • full-featured archives
  • telephone access
  • accessibility features

A demonstration of Wimba Classroom will be held on Friday, March 7th from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm in Altgeld Hall, Room 100. NIU faculty/staff, graduate teaching assistants, and leaders of Blackboard communities are encouraged to come and learn more about the capabilities of this collaboration suite and how to participate in the pilot implementation for enhancing the teaching and learning experience.

For more details about this online collaboration suite and to request Wimba Classroom be activated in your Blackboard course(s) and/or community, visit

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ITS Helpdesk at

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