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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.

Quick Tips Player Feature Diagram, including the following features: presentation title; time elapsed and duration; presenter information; tabbed interface allowing for viewing in thumbnail, outline, or transcript modes; volume control; player status; play/pause; go back; skip ahead; view transcrip; view full screen

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Topics (By Date Added)



The University Libraries: Teaching and Research Support
Posted: January 24, 2013

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Leanne VandeCreek, Associate Professor of the University Libraries, discusses the services and resources for faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants at Northern Illinois University.

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Introduction to Blackboard Next Generation
Posted: February 1, 2011

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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.

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Promoting and Maintaining Classroom Civility
Posted: October 6, 2010

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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.

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Wimba Classroom in Under 5 Minutes
Posted: November 12, 2008

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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.

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Overview of Teaching and Related Responsibilities
Posted: October 22, 2008

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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.

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Preparing an Effective Course Syllabus
Posted: July 15, 2008

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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.

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What are Clickers?
Posted: December 12, 2007

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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.

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Recognizing and Assisting Students in Emotional Distress
Posted: November 8, 2007

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Micky M. Sharma, Psy.D., Director of the Counseling and Student Development Center, shares recommendations for recognizing and assisting students in emotional distress.

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Podcasting Principles
Posted: October 31, 2007

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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.

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Last Updated: 12/10/2014