Spectrum Newsletter - Spring 2017
Spring 2017 Teaching Effectiveness Institute Featured Tips for Energizing the College Classroom
Energy was high for the NIU faculty and staff who participated in the Spring 2017 Teaching Effectiveness Institute, The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotions presented by Sarah Cavanagh from the Laboratory for Cognitive and Affective Science at Assumption College
Strategies for Starting the Semester Well
Whether you have been teaching for several years or are beginning to teach your very first semester, being prepared for the start of the semester will help make the transition successful for you and your students.
Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Recipients of the Graduate Teaching Certificate!
The Graduate Teaching Certificate acknowledges these individuals’ commitment to effective teaching and can enhance their academic credentials.
Video Captions: They are for Everyone
While one might assume that captions would be helpful primarily to students with a hearing impairment, in reality, all students with a range of abilities could also benefit.
Upgrade to Blackboard Coming in May
This year, Blackboard will be upgraded to the Q4 2016 Release, which consists of several exciting new features, including a new mobile-responsive theme, Assignment reminders and submission receipts, enhancements to Self and Peer Assessments, and more. Check them out!
Course Request Process in Blackboard Now Faster with More Features
Thanks to a recent update by DoIT, course requests are now processed immediately, you receive an email notification when they are complete, and you have the option to make your course available automatically at a specified date.
New Features for Combined Courses in Blackboard
When combining student enrollments from multiple course sections into a single Master Course, a Blackboard Group and Grade Center “Smart View” will automatically be created for each section, with students assigned to them according to the section they originally enrolled in. These will make assigning section-specific assignments, and grading section by section, easier.
Trends in Blackboard Tool Usage at NIU – 2016
Blackboard Learn continues to be an important platform for facilitating teaching and learning at NIU with over 95% of students and 88% of teaching faculty using the system during fall 2016.
Recognizing and Embracing Cultural Communications and Sensitivity in the Classroom
The panel discussions were offered to help GTAs be sensitive in communicating with their students who represent a range of cultures who are potentially different than their own.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Updated: 04/13/2017