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Fall 2017 Teaching Effectiveness Institute


Fundamental Principles of Effective Instruction

Thursday, August 17, 2017 
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Capitol Room, Holmes Student Center

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teaching word cloudThis 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 NIU faculty. This institute is geared toward those who are new to teaching as well as those wanting to refresh their knowledge about teaching fundamentals.

Tentative Agenda

8:00 a.m.
Check-in, Refreshments, and Networking
8:25 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
8:30 a.m.
Energizing the Classroom Experience
9:15 a.m.
Planning an Effective Course Syllabus
9:45 a.m.
Morning Break
10:00 a.m.
Assessing Student Learning
10:30 a.m.
Addressing Cultural Sensitivity in the Classroom - Panel Discussion
11:15 a.m.
Implementing Disability Accommodations for Your Students
11:45 a.m.
Lunch in Neptune Cafeteria
1:00 p.m.
Establishing and Maintaining Classroom Civility
1:45 p.m.
Assisting Students with Emotional and/or Behavioral Concerns
2:15 p.m.
Managing Academic Integrity, Handling Academic Misconduct and Difficult Students
2:45 p.m.
Afternoon Break
3:00 p.m.
Preparing Successful Writing Assignments
3:30 p.m.
Getting Support from the University Libraries for Teaching and Research
4:00 p.m.
Conclusion and Institute Evaluation

Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Registration Information

This institute is open to NIU faculty, instructors, and SPS and Civil Service staff. Participants will receive institute materials, lunch, and a certificate of participation. Due to the expensive nature of the institute and the advance notice needed for arranging food and materials, please register by the deadline and plan to attend the entire day.  Advance registration is required.

Registration Deadline: Friday, August 11, 2017. Please register online here.

After you register, if you are unable to attend, please inform the Center by Monday, August 14, 2017 so that those on the waiting list can be given the opportunity to attend the institute and/or institute costs can be reduced.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The Teaching Effectiveness Institute is open to all faculty and SPS/ Civil Service teaching staff at NIU.

The first day of the fall Teaching Effectiveness Institute is typically offered as a full-day workshop that focuses on the basic principles of teaching, information about teaching-related support resources, and how faculty can address students’ learning needs. We invite NIU faculty and staff who are well-known for their expertise and experiences in the topics presented. The institute will engage faculty and provide material that will be immediately applicable in their teaching. The institute is geared toward those who are new to teaching as well as experienced faculty wanting to refresh their knowledge about teaching fundamentals.

Yes, if any of the presenters make their handouts and presentation materials available electronically, we will make them available after the event. Contact the center at for further information on receiving institute handouts.

It would be helpful to bring a pen and some paper or a small notebook to take notes. We want you to be relaxed and comfortable, so please dress casually. Bring a sweater or jacket in case of room temperature changes. Feel free to also bring any snacks or lunch if you have special dietary needs as the refreshments and lunch we provide may not meet your dietary needs.

There is no fee for attending the Teaching Effectiveness Institute; the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center offers the institute free of charge. However, it is expensive to provide the food, materials, AV, and presenter needs, not to mention the time our staff devotes to planning and executing the program. The center does not receive student fees or grants to fund the Teaching Effectiveness Institute and other programs. Therefore, we would appreciate that you attend the entire institute. If, after you register, you know that you will be unable to attend, please cancel by the deadline so that those on the waiting list can be given the opportunity to register and/or program expenses can be reduced.

If you have purchased a blue or red parking permit, the parking deck on Normal Road is the most convenient parking location since the Teaching Effectiveness Institute is held in the Holmes Student Center. If you do not have a parking permit, you can park in the visitor pay lot located on Carroll Avenue for a daily fee. Click here to view a map of all parking lots at NIU's DeKalb campus. For more information, visit the Campus Parking Services website.

The institute includes morning and afternoon refreshment breaks and lunch. Refreshments and lunch at our programs are provided as a courtesy and as our budget allows. Therefore, food choices may or may not meet your particular dietary needs -- you are welcome to bring any special snacks or lunch. If you plan to have lunch with us at the institute, we will provide you with a ticket for lunch in Neptune Cafeteria which will have a limited variety of salads and hot foods.

We understand that the week before classes is busy for many faculty. We encourage you to attend as much of the Teaching Effectiveness Institute as possible, but you may leave if you have other commitments.

Last Updated: 6/6/2017