Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Listed below are some frequently asked questions on research, teaching, and technology along with related topics and answers or links for those questions. The information provided is for referral purposes only. Contact the appropriate campus unit for detailed information on the topics. If you have additional questions, please email them to facdev@niu.edu.

Research

Where to find information on or support for:

Collaborative research opportunities

Contact the Office of Sponsored Projects for possible sources of collaboration on particular research areas.  They may be able to refer you to particular faculty or groups at NIU conducting research on specific topics.  Your Dean's office may be another place to contact for discipline specific collaborative research.

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Conflict of interest policy

Check the Academic Policies and Procedures Manual online for policies on conflict of interest.

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Commercializing research

Contact the Technology Transfer Office for information on commercializing research, licensing opportunities, and related resources.

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Data analysis

For analyzing surveys and research data, contact the Testing Services

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Finding sponsored funding sources

Contact the Office of Sponsored Projects for funding information on external funding sources on your particular area of research.  For funding sources internal to NIU, check the Grants and Fellowships page of the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center website.

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Intellectual property policies

Check the Academic Policies and Procedures Manual online for policies on Intellectual Property.  Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies is the Intellectual Property Officer for NIU.

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Institutional research

For data on NIU students and other institutional information, contact the Office of Institutional Research for further assistance.

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Patents and copyrights

Contact the Technology Transfer Office for information on patents, copyrights, and related resources.  The Office of the General Counsel is also a source of information on copyrights and contracts and the office can be reached at (815)752-1774.

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Proposal preparation and submission

Contact the Office of Sponsored Projects for assistance on proposal preparation and submission to external funding agencies. Their website also has some useful links on proposal preparation.

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Research awards at NIU

Check http://www.niu.edu/president/prp/prplist/index.shtml for the recipients of Presidential Research Professor awards.  Check http://www.niu.edu/provost/awards/prp-nomination.shtml for the Call for Nominations and Application for the Presidential Research Professors award.

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Research policies

For various policies on research, check with the Office of Research Compliance.

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Research grants at NIU

Check the Division of Research and Graduate Studies website for research grants.

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Statistical consulting assistance

For assistance on statistical issues related to research projects, contact the Statistical Consulting Services (SCS).

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Surveys and opinions

For assistance with surveys and opinion polls, contact the Public Opinion Laboratory.

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Travel support for conferences

The Division of Research and Graduate School provides some support for travel to present research at conferences.  Contact your academic department chair or the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies for more information.

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Teaching

Where to find information on or support for:

Academic dishonesty

Contact the Office of Community Standards & Student Conduct for assistance on dealing with academic dishonesty, cheating, plagiarism, etc.

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Audio/Video equipment

Contact Media Services for audio-video equipment for teaching.

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Blackboard - the web-based course managment system

Check http://webcourses.niu.edu to access the Blackboard web-based course management system.  Contact Information Technology services (753-8100) for accounts and other help information on Blackboard and related issues. Online resources are available at http://www.niu.edu/blackboard/.

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Classroom observation and feedback

Contact the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center for classroom observation services.

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Copying videos or producing CDs

Contact Media Services for duplicating videos, producing CDs, etc.

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Copying course materials

Contact Document Services or Village Commons Bookstore (815-758-0613) for duplicating course materials.

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Cheating and plagiarism

See also Academic Dishonesty listed above.

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Difficult students

Contact the Counseling & Student Development Center for assistance on dealing with difficult students.

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Disabilities accommodation (See also Exam accommodations for students with disabilities)

Contact the Center for Access-Ability Resources for information on accommodation students with disabilities.

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Electronic reserves at the library

Contact the University Libraries for information  on placing course materials on electronic and other forms of reserves.

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Exam accommodations for students with disabilities

See disabilties accommodation listed above.

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Finding sponsored funding sources on teaching-related topics

Contact the Office of Sponsored Projects for funding information on external funding sources on your particular area of interest. for funding sources internal to NIU, check the Grants and Fellowships website at the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center.

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Grading mass exams

Contact Testing Services for assistance with grading mass exams using Scantron forms.

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Intellectual property policies

Check the online Academic Policies and Procedures Manual for intellectual property-related policies. 

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Instructional design assistance

Contact the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center for instructional design assistance.

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Instructional videos

Check the videos page at the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center website.

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Integrating technology into teaching

Check the list of upcoming programs and handouts pages at the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center website.

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Multimedia production

Contact the Media Service for multimedia production (video,CD,DVD, etc.) services.

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Online resources on teaching

Check the referral links page at the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center website.

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Online teaching

Visit NIUonline for online credit courses. Contact Professional and Continuing Education for online non-credit courses.

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Reserves at the library

See electronic reserves above.

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Smart classrooms

Contact Media Services for smart classrooms related information.

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Syllabus tutorial

Check the Syllabus Tutorial at the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center's website.

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Teaching-related grants at NIU

Check the Grants and Fellowships web page at the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center.

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Teaching-related policies at NIU

Check the online Academic Policies and Procedures Manual for teaching-related policies.

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Videotaping lectures

Contact Media Services on videotaping lectures for teaching improvement purposes.

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Technology

Where to find information on or support for:

Abuse

To report email abuse or harassment, contact DoIT's Information Security division.

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Accessible Web Design

For information on accessible web design, check the Web Accessibility Initiative website at  http://www.w3.org/WAI/Resources/

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Acceptable use policy

For policies on acceptable use of computing equipment and resources at NIU, check http://doit.niu.edu/doit/policies/au.shtml

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Blackboard - the web-based course management system

Check http://webcourses.niu.edu to access the Blackboard web-based course management system. Contact Division of Information Technology (815-753-8100) for accounts and other help information on Blackboard and related issues. Online documentation and tutorials are available at http://www.niu.edu/blackboard/.

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Copying videos or producing CDs

Contact Media Services for duplicating videos, producing CDs, etc.

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Electronic reserves at the Library

Contact the University Libraries for information on placing course materials on electronic and other forms of reserves.

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Finding sponsored funding sources on technology-related topics

Contact the Office of Sponsored Projects for finding information on external funding sources on your particular area of interest. For funding sources internal to NIU, check the Grants and Fellowships page at the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center website.

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Intellectual property policies

Check the online Academic Policies and Procedures Manual for intellectual property-related policies.

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Instructional design assistance

Contact the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center for instructional design assistance.

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Multimedia production

Contact Media Services on multimedia production (video, CD, DVD, etc.) services.

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Network Login ID

To obtain a network login ID, contact the DoIT Help Desk.

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Online resources on teaching

Check the links page at the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center website.

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Online teaching

Visit NIUonline for online credit courses. Contact Professional and Continuing Education for online non-credit courses.

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Reserves at the Library

See electronic reserves above.

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Smart classrooms

Contact Media Services on smart classrooms related information.

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Software services

For software pricing and distribution, check http://doit.niu.edu/doit/software/index.shtml.

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Technology-related grants at NIU

Check the Grants and Fellowships web page at the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center.

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Technology-related policies at NIU

Check the online Academic Policies and Procedures Manual for teaching-related policies.

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Telecommunications

For telecommunications needs (phones, cell phone, pagers, voice mail, etc.,) contact the DoIT Help Desk.

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Viruses

To report about viruses or find out more about anti-virus measures, contact the DoIT Help Desk.

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Last Updated: 7/11/2014