October 2012 Faculty/Staff Program Schedule
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October 2012 Faculty/Staff Program Schedule

October is Assessment Month! Please note the series of course assessment workshops **FEATURED** in the program schedule.

Board of Trustees Professor Seminar:  The Love of Literature, Scepticism and Collaboration in Literary Study
By Dr. William Baker (Department of English and University Libraries)
Monday, October 1, 2012, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, Capitol Room, HSC

The criterion for the NIU Board of Trustees Professorship pays particular attention to the relationship between teaching and research. In his seminar, William Baker will describe his research, his teaching methodology and its impact upon students. There will be a focus upon the nature of his research, his approach to scholarship, encouragement of the love of literature, belief in scepticism in literary studies and his student-orientated research. Sponsored by Office of the Provost and Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center. Everyone is welcome and no advance registration is required.

Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Learn the basics of creating and developing a course in Blackboard, NIU's Web Course Management System. Participants will get an overview of Blackboard's layout and navigation. In addition, participants will add materials to a sample Blackboard course, use classroom collaboration tools, and request their own Blackboard courses. Advance registration is required.

**FEATURED** Rubrics for Meaningful Assessment and Evaluation
Thursday, October 4, 2012 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Rubrics are scoring tools that clearly define assignment criteria with levels of performance for each part. Because grading may be considered one of the most time consuming, frustrating, and sometimes dreaded aspects of teaching, learning how to develop and use rubrics can help you grade more objectively, save grading time, and assist students in preparing assignments. Workshop participants will create their own rubric that can be adapted for any assignment or task. Advance registration is required.

Blackboard Communication Tools
Monday, October 8, 2012 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

The discussion and file-sharing tools provided by Blackboard can enrich communication in the web-enhanced traditional classroom as well as in the online venue. These tools provide faculty with a wealth of opportunities for building course communities, encouraging academic discussion outside the classroom and collecting assignments electronically. This hands-on session covers the features of asynchronous and synchronous discussion, group discussion, and electronic file exchange. Advance registration is required.

**FEATURED** Quick and Painless Grading
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Grading is an important aspect of teaching that provides feedback to students on their learning. Grading also serves as a standard by which students are evaluated by prospective employers and graduate schools. Grading can be time consuming and challenging; however, it doesn’t have to be that way! In this workshop, we will discuss the grading process, how to grade more efficiently, how to increase objectivity and consistency in grading (especially when several people are grading), and how to provide feedback to students. We will also consider how to design assessments so that they are easier to grade. Advance registration is required.

2012 SLATE Conference - Supporting Learning And Technology in Education
Thursday, October 11, 2012 and Friday, October 12, 2012, NIU-Naperville

This conference, hosted at NIU-Naperville, invites all faculty from institutions that are deploying and/or currently using any Web-based tools, applications or programs, in their teaching and learning. Nearly 60 sessions covering a wide variety of topics related to technology integration will be presented. Register by Sunday, September 30, for discounted individual registration rate of only $150 per person. Group registration discounts are available when registering three or more individuals at a time. For more details and to register, visit www.slategroup.org/conference

Design Tools Series for Online Instruction: Audio
Monday, October 15, 2012 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Faculty new to online/blended instruction can benefit by exploring a host of approaches that may work better for enhancing instruction and communication with their online students. This session is an introduction to the varied uses of audio in online/blended instruction. Participants will be exposed to examples of best practices as well as review a number of considerations in working with audio content such as determining hardware/software requirements, encoded file formats, and posting content. Through a series of guided exercises, participants will learn about free/low cost tools that can facilitate working with audio. Advance registration is required.

Blackboard II: Building Your Blackboard Course
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am

This hands-on workshop is a follow-up to the Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard workshop. We will cover the specifics of building a course in Blackboard, including personalizing course navigation, setting up a materials-delivery structure and creating discussion areas. Participants will work in their own Blackboard courses and should bring to the session any course materials they want to upload or work with during the workshop. Files need to be on a flash drive (readable in a USB port) or on a CD. Advance registration is required.

**FEATURED** Providing Electronic Feedback
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

With many assignments being submitted online, why not provide feedback electronically? The Microsoft Office "Track Changes and Comments" feature can be used to review and annotate documents such as term papers, projects, and take-home tests. As you edit/review a document, "Track Changes and Comments" will record the changes you make in color and allow you to add comments directly to the document. After the marked up document is returned to the students electronically, they have the opportunity to provide their own feedback and commentary. Electronic feedback is great for correcting drafts or editing other types of documents. Experience using Word is required. Please bring a Word file on a USB-type flash drive to the workshop. Advance registration is required.

**NEW: FEATURED** Testing Techniques: How to Design Better Tests
Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

What makes a "good" test, and how do you know that you have one? Writing a strong test is a balancing act that requires deliberate design and intuitive art. Fortunately, there are a variety of tools that can simplify the process. In this workshop, we will discuss how to design tests that accurately assess students' knowledge and how to critically evaluate tests and test questions. We will also look at many different types of test questions and strategies for writing effective questions. Advance registration is required.

**NEW** Communicating Visually During Online Sessions Using Blackboard Collaborate Whiteboard
**ONLINE** Friday, October 19, 2012 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Learn how to use the Whiteboard feature within Blackboard Collaborate to present content in a visual and engaging way during an online Web conferencing session. During this online session we'll explore the options within a Blackboard Collaborate session for sharing and annotating content on the Whiteboard, including loading content on the Whiteboard, enabling access for students, drawing and writing, adding images and screen shots, and saving content from the Whiteboard for access offline. Prerequisites: attendance at "Introduction to Web Conferencing Using Blackboard Collaborate" or previous experience using Blackboard Collaborate. Advance registration is required.

**FEATURED** Assessing Student Learning with Blackboard Tests and Surveys
Monday, October 22, 2012 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

The test and survey tools in Blackboard offer faculty a variety of useful options for online assessment. In this hands-on workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore the various testing tools, create quizzes using a range of questions types and experiment with creating test and survey pools. We will discuss strategies for reducing online testing errors as well as issues involving academic concerns with online testing. Prerequisites: Basic computer skills, Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard or previous experience using Blackboard. Advance registration is required.

Mac Series: Introduction to GarageBand
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Delivering instruction through short audio recordings is one way of engaging auditory learners while also providing instructional materials in a mobile format. Such media content can be delivered to students in a variety of ways, either for access online in Blackboard or on a portable media player. GarageBand is the free audio recording and editing software in Mac OS X that allows for the novice user to easily create high quality audio recordings suitable for distribution as a podcast. During this hands-on session participants will use GarageBand to record and edit their own original audio content and create an enhanced podcast episode incorporating images synchronized to audio. Advance registration is required and seating is very limited.

Articulate Series: Getting Started with Online Tutorial
Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Have you ever wanted to provide students with a short tutorial of a course topic they can watch online? Have you needed to provide additional information on a topic and found traditional text-based tools lacking? In this hands-on workshop, you will learn to add audio and interactivity to a PowerPoint presentation to create an engaging tutorial that students can view online using broadband connectivity. Participants will use Articulate Presenter, a software that compresses large-size audio and video files for more manageable distribution online. Articulate Presenter also offers additional features for annotating slides during audio recording and creating branching tutorials, plus much more. Participants should bring existing PowerPoint files to experiment with. Advance registration is required and seating is very limited.

**ONLINE: FEATURED** Interactive Rubrics: Providing Consistent and Quality Feedback in Blackboard Courses
Friday, October 26, 2012 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

The Interactive Rubric tool in Blackboard makes it possible for rubrics with click-and-score simplicity to be built into the grading workflow, increasing efficiency while also supporting consistent and high quality feedback. During this session we'll explore the Interactive Rubrics tool in Blackboard and sample interactive rubrics applied to various types of Blackboard assessments. We'll highlight the steps for creating an Interactive Rubric and applying it to an assignment for grading. We will also cover how to reuse a rubric within a Blackboard course or share with other faculty. Advance registration is required.

**NEW: FEATURED** Mobile Learning Series: Grading on a Mobile Device
**ONLINE** Tuesday, October 30, 2012 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

As part of NIU's commitment to "green up NIU," the campus is becoming increasingly paperless. That means faculty may need to find new ways to grade student work electronically. Fortunately, mobile devices can help! In this online session, you will learn how you can use your mobile device to facilitate the grading process. Advance registration is required.

**NEW** Social Media Series: Introduction to Social Bookmarking
**ONLINE** Wednesday, October 31, 2012 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Do you struggle to keep track of all your favorite websites and other online resources? Have you ever lost your folder of Internet bookmarks from your Web browser or wished you could access them from ANY computer? Would you like to share the links to your favorite online resources with your colleagues or students? Social bookmarking is a technique of storing, classifying, sharing and searching links through the practice of folksonomic tagging using a cloud-based service. This online session will introduce the several popular free social bookmarking tools and explore practical applications for implementing social bookmarking activities in the classroom. Advance registration is required.

Registration Information

Please register online at this link. Program locations will be made available when you register. After submitting your registration, if you do not receive a response within two working days, please contact the Center. If you register for a program and are unable to attend it, please notify the Center at least two working days in advance so that those on the waiting list can be given the opportunity to attend that program. For information about NIU Account IDs used in Blackboard, contact ITS Customer Support: helpdesk@niu.edu or 815-753-8100.

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