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Spectrum Newsletter - Fall 2017

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Establish Social Presence with a Welcome Message Video

One great way to begin a new year/semester is to prepare and share a welcome message video for students enrolled in your course(s). Whether the course format is face-to-face or online, posting a welcome message online can facilitate the establishment of social presence, and thus begin the process of creating a sense of community.

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Seeking Examples of Innovative Technology Use in Teaching

Have you been using technology in innovative ways in your teaching? Let us know, so that we can help spread the word to others at NIU!

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Blackboard Tool Spotlight: Date Management, for efficiently updating Availability and Due Dates

With so many features in Blackboard, it can be easy to miss that one tool which could save you hours of work. If you’ve ever used the Course Copy tool to move materials from one semester’s course to the next, you may want to try Date Management.

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Using Lynda.com Courses in Your Teaching

NIU has an institutional license for Lynda.com, a leading online learning platform with courses in business, software, technology, and creative skills. All NIU students, faculty, and staff can access the courses to learn a new skill or explore a new interest. This makes them a valuable resource to include in your course design!

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Trends and Motivation for Blackboard use at NIU

Supporting faculty and teaching staff’s use of instructional technologies at Northern Illinois University is one the major functions of the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center. Last academic year, the center sought data and feedback to better understand how and why faculty at NIU use the Blackboard Learn learning management system.

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Updated Academic Integrity Online Tutorials Available

Online tutorials on academic integrity, previously developed in 2005 and made available in part through the “Project for Improvement of Undergraduate Education” grant by the NIU Committee for the Improvement of Undergraduate Education, have been updated and have been re-released at go.niu.edu/academic-integrity

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New Blackboard Instructor App Joins Blackboard’s Mobile App Suite

This summer, Blackboard released the new Blackboard Instructor mobile app, which enables you to stay connected to the courses you are teaching on the go, from any Apple or Android mobile device. With the Blackboard Instructor app, you can view course content, connect with students in discussions, and interact with your class in Blackboard Collaborate.

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2016-2017 Annual Report Now Available

The Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center is pleased to announce the completion of our annual report for the 2016-17 academic year.

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Center receives Blackboard Catalyst Award for Leading Change

The NIU Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center was recently selected as a recipient of a 2017 Catalyst Award for Leading Change, by Blackboard Inc. Founded in 2005, the annual Catalyst Awards recognize and honor innovation and excellence in the Blackboard global community.

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Fall Teaching Effectiveness Institute Energizes Faculty for 2017-2018 Academic Year

Energy was high at the Fall 2017 Teaching Effectiveness Institute held a week before students arrived on campus. Over 40 faculty and instructors from 21 departments across campus attended Day One, Fundamental Principles of Effective Instruction.

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The 2017 Teaching Assistant Orientation Hosted over 225 Participants

This year’s Teaching Assistant Orientation, on August 22, 2017, was a full house with over 225 new and returning graduate assistants and presenters. Faculty and staff from across the university presented on supporting students, teaching and teaching with technology, and managing teaching-related tasks.

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Earn the Graduate Teaching Certificate this year!

The Graduate Teaching Certificate recognizes graduate teaching assistants (GA/RA/TAs) for their participation in the development programs offered by the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center. The certificate acknowledges these individuals' commitment to effective teaching and can enhance their academic credentials.

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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: 11/02/2017

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