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Fall 2010 Teaching Effectiveness Institute

Fundamental Principles of Effective Instruction

Thursday, August 12, 2010
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Capitol Room, Holmes Student Center


Day one of the fall Teaching Effectiveness Institute is designed to introduce faculty to basic principles of teaching, offer information about support resources related to teaching, and discuss how faculty deal with students’ needs. Participants will have opportunities to network with both new and experienced faculty at NIU. This institute will include interactive presentations by NIU faculty and staff. Day one of the institute is geared toward an audience who is new to teaching and to those wanting to refresh their knowledge about teaching fundamentals..


8:00 am
Check-in and Refreshments
8:25 am
8:30 am
Planning an Effective Syllabus
The course syllabus is a well-planned and highly organized document designed to ensure students understand what is expected of them throughout the semester. This session will highlight the elements of an effective syllabus and how to include what you plan to cover in your course over the semester and other information that will assist your students in meeting your expectations and completing assignments.
9:15 am
Energizing the Classroom Experience
Being organized, changing the pace of delivery and exhibiting a passion for the subject are all ways to energize the classroom experience. Energizing the classroom can be as simple as group interaction or as complex as preparing a difficult problem to be solved during class. This session will illustrate ways to design and implement meaningful strategies that match class content and engage students that can be used in any academic discipline and in any class size.
10:00 am
Refreshment Break
10:15 am
Assessing Student Learning
Assessment methods can help you plan course requirements and clarify for you and your students what is expected of them and the progress they have made. This session will present ways to align assignments and activities with assessments, help you understand why you should be concerned with assessment and how the university approaches assessment.
11:00 am
Managing Academic Integrity in the Classroom
A significant corollary to teaching involves a keen understanding of academic integrity and how to foster academic integrity in the classroom. This session will consider academic integrity from the faculty perspective and show how academic integrity is critical to the university experience. A number of steps will be shared to promote academic integrity from establishing clear course policies and expectations to investigating suspicions of academic dishonesty.
11:30 am
Handling Academic Misconduct and Difficult Students
Dealing with academic misconduct and disruptive students can be less intimidating when you know the rights of students and faculty and the steps to take when dealing with these issues. This session will explain how the Judicial Affairs Office coordinates with the university judicial system, which provides an opportunity to confront and resolve academic, residential, student conduct, and disciplinary conflicts. Judicial Affairs offers an internal method of handling student disciplinary matters and guarantees due process to all student disciplinary cases.
12:00 pm
Lunch in the Blackhawk Cafeteria
1:00 pm
Establishing and Maintaining Classroom Civility and Ombudsman Support for Faculty
Establishing and maintaining classroom civility directly benefits faculty and students. This session will show you how to create and maintain a classroom (ways to effectively identify, react to, assess and deal with incidents of incivility) and how to ensure students know their own responsibilities. The Office of the Ombudsman provides a means of conflict resolution that is non-confrontational, impartial, informal, and confidential.
1:45 pm
Assisting Students with Emotional and/or Behavioral Concerns
The Counseling and Student Development Center (CSCD) supports the academic, emotional, social, and cultural development of students. This session will present the various programs of the CSDC including counseling, assessment, crisis response, outreach, consultation, training, and educational services. Also presented will be strategies you can use when faced with behavioral situations in the classroom and how to deal with students on a more personal level.
2:15 pm
Retaining Students with Disabilities Through Universal Design and Barrier Reduction
The Center for Access-Ability Resources (CAAR) provides direct support services to students with disabilities and serves as a resource to other offices in the university, enabling them to more effectively meet the needs of persons with disabilities. This session will present information on the responsibilities you and your students have in dealing with accommodation and how to establish and communicate accommodation policies in teaching and learning.
2:45 pm
Refreshment Break
3:00 pm
Preparing Successful Writing Assignments
The Writing Across the Curriculum Program at NIU can help you to effectively identify and address the inherent issues students have with writing assignments. This session will present information on the NIU Writing Center, the ESL Clinic, WAC Newsletter, workshops and an extensive collection of resources, all of which benefit you and your students across all university disciplines.
3:30 pm
Utilizing the University Libraries for Teaching and Research Support
The NIU Libraries are committed to supporting the teaching and research efforts of faculty in all disciplines. This session will provide information on requesting materials and interlibrary loans, placing items on reserve and requesting a faculty carrel, many of which can be done electronically. Learn the name of your personal, discipline-specific librarian and how to arrange to have your class visit the library to help students become better researchers.
4:00 pm
Certificate Presentation and Institute Evaluation

This institute is sponsored by Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Registration Information

This workshop is open only to NIU faculty, instructors, teaching SPS and civil service. Participants will receive workshop materials, lunch and refreshments, and a certificate of participation. Advanced registration is required. Please register early.

Due to the expensive nature of the program and the advance notice needed for arranging food and materials, please register by the deadline and plan to attend the entire workshop. After you register, if you are unable to attend, please inform the Center by Monday, August 9, 2010 so that those on the waiting list can be given the opportunity to attend or program costs can be reduced.

Registration Deadline: Friday, July 23, 2010

Registration is closed for this program.

Last Updated: 7/14/2014