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Teaching Effectiveness Institute

Fundamental Principles of Effective Instruction

Thursday, August 15, 2013
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Capitol Room, Holmes Student Center


Instructing Students

This institute is designed to introduce faculty to the basic principles of teaching, share information about teaching-related support resources available at NIU, and discuss how faculty can address students’ learning needs. This institute will include interactive presentations by NIU faculty and staff and participants will have opportunities to network with both new and experienced faculty. This institute is geared toward those who are new to teaching as well as 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. Alicia Schatteman will highlight the key 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. Alan Zollman 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. In this session Sherrill Morris 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: A Faculty Perspective 
A significant corollary to teaching involves a keen understanding of academic integrity and how to foster academic integrity in the classroom. Sonya Armstrong will consider academic integrity from the faculty perspective and show how academic integrity is critical to the university experience. Sonya will share a number of steps to promote academic integrity from establishing clear course policies and expectations to investigating suspicions of academic dishonesty.
11:30 am
Handling Academic Misconduct and Dealing with 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. Jeanne Meyer will explain how the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct coordinates with the University judicial system, which provides an opportunity to confront and resolve academic, residential, student conduct, and disciplinary conflicts. Jeanne will highlight the methods of handling student disciplinary matters which guarantees due process to all student disciplinary cases.
12:00 pm
Lunch in the Blackhawk Cafeteria
1:00 pm
Establishing and Maintaining Classroom Civility
Establishing and maintaining classroom civility directly benefits faculty and students. During this session Sarah Klaper will discuss how you can create and maintain a civil classroom, ways to effectively identify, react to, assess and deal with incidents of incivility, and how to ensure students know their own responsibilities.
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. Tim Paquette will present the various programs of the CSDC including counseling, assessment, crisis response, outreach, consultation, training, and educational services. Tim will also present 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
Implementing Disability Accommodations for Your Students
The Disability Resource Center 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. During this session Randall Ward 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 (WAC) Program at NIU can help you to effectively identify and address the inherent issues students have with writing assignments. Brad Peters 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
Getting Support from the University Libraries for Teaching and Research
The NIU Libraries are committed to supporting the teaching and research efforts of faculty and students in all disciplines. Leanne VandeCreek 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 Office of Assessment Services and Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Registration Information

This institute is open only to NIU faculty, instructors, and teaching staff (SPS and Civil Service) only. Registered participants will receive institute materials, lunch in the Blackhawk Cafeteria (for the cafeteria menu, check: here), refreshments and a certificate of participation. If you do not wish to receive a certificate, please indicate in the accommodation field on the registration form. Advance registration is required.

Registration Deadline: Friday, August 2, 2013. Due to the expensive nature of the institute and the advance notice needed for arranging food and materials, please register by the deadline here and plan to attend the entire day.

After you register, if you are unable to attend, please cancel your registration by Monday, August 12, 2013 at so that those on the waiting list may be given the opportunity to attend the institute or program costs can be reduced.

Last Updated: 07/16/2014