Quick Tips for Effective Instruction
Welcome to Quick Tips for Effective Instruction! The goal of this series of brief video multimedia presentations is to reveal university resources, demonstrate new skills, enhance the instructor/student relationship, and ultimately improve the instructional environment.
Presentations are archived and available for on-demand viewing either online or as a podcast. Online viewing requires an internet connection, where the visual and audio components are accessible 24/7. Users can also subscribe to this podcast and have every new episode automatically ‘downloaded’ to their computers through their preferred media aggregator (i.e., iTunes). Users can enjoy each new Quick Tip presentation either on their computer, or downloaded to their portable media device, such as an iPod. For expanded accessibility, a link to a text transcript is also available to users. Low resolution versions of the video presentations can also be viewed on YouTube.
Online Player Interface Overview
The online player utilized incorporates numerous features, including options for viewing in outline, thumbnail, transcript, or full-screen modes. Presentations are also searchable and utilize flexible navigation options.
Topics A-Z Index
Topics (By Date Added)
Leanne VandeCreek, Associate Professor of the University Libraries, discusses the services and resources for faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants at Northern Illinois University.
Stephanie Richter, M.S.Ed, Instructional Technologies Coordinator of the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, introduces Blackboard Next Generation, including: new features, the impact the upgrade will have at Northern Illinois University, and the support that will be provided by the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center.
- Teaching with Blackboard: Detailed step-by-step instructions for using Blackboard at NIU. Note: This site will be updated for Blackboard Next Generation when the upgrade occurs.
Tim Griffin, former University Ombudsman for Northern Illinois University, provides suggestions for maintaining classroom civility, including how to create a civil environment and how to respond to instances of incivility.
Classroom Civility Resources:
- Office of the Ombudsperson: General advice on classroom management and responding to civility issues
- Counseling and Consultation Services (CCS): Helping students with emotional difficulties
- Bartlett, T. (2004, September 17). Taking control of the classroom. Chronicle of Higher Education, A8. http://chronicle.com/article/Taking-Control-of-the/20311
- Schneider, A. (1998, March 27). Insubordination and intimidation signal the end of decorum in many classrooms. Chronicle of Higher Education, A12-A14. http://chronicle.com/article/InsubordinationIntimid/98875/
- Summerville, J., & Fischetti, J.C. (2005, June 24). How to foil cyberbullies. Chronicle of Higher Education, B36-B37. http://chronicle.com/article/How-to-Foil-Cyberbullies/13363/
- University of California, Santa Cruz, Center for Teaching Excellence. Classroom civility. http://www2.humboldt.edu/diversity/sites/default/files/Creating_Civility_in_the_Classroom-UC_Santa_Cruz.pdf
Stephanie Richter, M.S. Ed, Instructional Technologies Coordinator of the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, provides an introduction to Wimba Classroom, including what it is, how the interface works, and how to use it in the classroom.
- Wimba Classroom: Online Collaboration Suite
- Wimba Support
Stephanie Anderson, intern with the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, provides an overview of the Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation by covering the basics of teaching and related responsibilities.
- ACCESS: Tutoring and supplemental instructional services
- Disability Resource Center: Accommodating students with disabilities
- Counseling and Student Development Center (CSDC): Helping students with emotional difficulties
- Employee Assistance: Stress management
- Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center: Teaching-related issues, Blackboard, etc.
- Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct: Handling academic dishonesty
- Office of the Ombudsperson: General advice on various issues
- Office of Testing Services: Scantron tests and evaluation services
- Writing Center: writing-related assistance
Janet Giesen, Ed.D., Instructional Design Coordinator of the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, provides NIU faculty and staff the basics of preparing a course syllabus.
Olga Urban, M.S., Online Technologies Coordinator of the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, provides NIU faculty and staff with a quick introduction to the clicker technology and briefly outlines a few of the instructional benefits of using this technology in face-to face classes.
Micky M. Sharma, Psy.D., Director of the Counseling and Student Development Center, shares recommendations for recognizing and assisting students in emotional distress.
Jason Rhode, Ph.D., Assistant Director of the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, provides NIU faculty and staff with a quick introduction to the technology of podcasting as well as briefly touches on a few of the instructional benefits and considerations for using this new medium for information delivery.
Last Updated: 12/10/2014