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2016 Teaching with Technology Institute

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Facilitating Collaborative Learning with Microsoft Office 365

Thursday, June 2, 2016
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
Cole Hall, Room 106

Workshop by NIU Faculty and Staff 



Collaborative learning is widely recognized as a powerful technique for teaching and having an impact on student development and success. There are, however, some barriers that can make collaborative learning projects challenging for students, such as finding time to meet and managing shared resources or files. Fortunately, new campus-wide technologies make virtual collaboration easier between students in the same class, in different classes, and around the world.

Beginning this summer, after NIU students are given full access to Microsoft Office 365, they will be able to easily share files, work collaboratively on a single document, share media-rich digital notes, and communicate with one another and their faculty. In this morning session of the institute, we will explore using a variety of Office 365 tools to share files, communicate, and collaboratively create brilliant works. While some of the tools will be familiar, you will use them in new and exciting ways. Plus, there will be a few innovative tools perfect for classroom use that you may not have seen before, such as OneNote, Skype for Business, PowerBI, and Sway.

The tentative schedule for the institute is as follows:

Tentative Agenda

8:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
Welcome and opening remarks
9:15 a.m.
Collaborating with Office 365
9:30 a.m.
Sharing Files in One Drive
10:00 a.m.
Collaborative Note-Taking with OneNote
10:45 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
Communicating with Students and Colleagues via Skype for Business
11:30 a.m.
Exciting Emerging Tools in Office 365
11:55 a.m.
Conclusion and evaluation

Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Registration Information

This institute is open to NIU faculty, instructors, and SPS and Civil Services staff. Registered participants will receive workshop materials and a certificate of participation. Please register by the deadline. After you register, if you are unable to attend, please cancel your registration by Monday, May 30, 2016 at so that those on the waiting list may be given the opportunity to attend the institute or program costs can be reduced.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Registration is closed.

Last Updated: 6/9/2016