Spectrum Newsletter - Spring 2018

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Online Teaching Symposium - Call for Proposals Extended to April 13

Submit a proposal by April 13 to join a panel of NIU faculty and share your experience teaching online at the Online Teaching Symposium. You can also register to attend the Symposium on June 1, 2018.


Sarah Rose Cavanaugh presenting at the Teaching Effectiveness Institute

Mark Your Calendar – Fall 2018 Teaching Effectiveness Institute – August 16 and 17

The first day will focus on the Fundamental Principles of Teaching Effectiveness, and will feature NIU faculty and staff. We are excited to have Dr. John Zubizaretta of Columbia College on Friday, August 17 to speak about teaching new generations of students and using critical reflection to enhance student learning.


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Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Adds Phone-Only Option

Participants can now join Blackboard Collaborate sessions using their phone to call in, without joining the web conferencing session.


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Did You Know….? Accessing a Portal to Blackboard Collaborate

NIU departments, organizations, committees, and communities can request a free Blackboard Organization (Community) from DoIT, to use for meetings, presentations, training, and much more.


Jason Rhode receiving the OLC Effective Practice Award

Faculty Development Recognized with Effective Practice Award

The NIU Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center was recently selected as a recipient of an Online Learning Consortium Effective Practice Award for Designing Personalized Online Teaching Professional Development Through Self-Assessment.


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Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Recipients of the Graduate Teaching Certificate!

The Graduate Teaching Certificate acknowledges these individuals’ commitment to effective teaching and can enhance their academic credentials.


Spectrum is a newsletter for faculty published every fall and spring semester by Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center. For more information about featured articles or upcoming faculty development programs, please contact the Center at (815) 753-0595 or facdev@niu.edu

Last Updated: 4/4/2018

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