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 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.

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