December 2012 Graduate Teaching Assistant Program Schedule
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December 2012 Graduate Teaching Assistant Program Schedule

**NEW** Models of Online Instruction
**ONLINE** Wednesday, December 5, 2012 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Every face-to-face course is different. Some courses rely on lectures while others are more discussion-based. Students may work independently or collaboratively. Some courses even include components outside of the classroom, like service work, internships, and practicums, that allow students to learn from experience. Online courses can be diverse in the same way. There is a common perception that online courses are static and boring, but most of the techniques used in face-to-face classrooms can be adapted to make online courses exciting and engaging. In this online workshop, you will learn about different ways to structure an online course and how online technology can support different models of online instruction. Advance registration is required.

Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard
Thursday, December 13, 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. Prerequisites: knowledge of Web browsing and basic computing skills. Advance registration is required.

Blackboard II: Building your Blackboard Course
Tuesday, December 18, 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. Prerequisites: basic computer skills and attendance at the Blackboard I: Introduction to Blackboard workshop or previous experience using Blackboard. Advance registration is required.

Gagne's Nine Events of Instruction
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Designing teaching strategies in a more prescriptive rather than a hit and miss approach can lead to effective and meaningful learning. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to nine events of instruction and ways to implement these events when preparing instruction. Learn how to sequence instruction based on expected intellectual skills to be learned by students and how to prepare different instructional approaches for different learning outcomes. Advanced registration is required.

Registration Information

Please register online at 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: or 815-753-8100.

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