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Online Teaching Workshop Archives

The following archived online teaching workshops are available for on-demand viewing. Simply click the link for the workshop you with to view and then login when prompted using your NIU Account ID and password. Workshops may also be viewed directly on the "Quality Online Course Series" or "Quality Online Teaching Series" on YouTube. 

For convenient quality checklists which correspond with these workshop archives go to our Resources page. 


Quality Online Course Series: Ensuring Quality in Your Online Course

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How do you know if your online course is good? More importantly, how do you make it better? In this archived workshop, you will learn about why quality is important and how to create more student-centered online courses by using the Quality Matters rubric (a nationally-recognized benchmark for online course design based on research-supported best practices). After viewing this archived online workshop, you will be prepared to develop or improve an online course that is designed to promote student learning. View archived workshop »



Quality Online Course Series: Learning Objectives and Assessments

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Once you have established objectives and the assessments to measure them, the next step is to create and/or curate course content and instructional materials to support the learning objectives. It is also important to clearly explain the purpose, source, and alignment of instructional materials. In this archived online workshop, you will learn about creating and curating course content from quality sources as well as communicating them to your students. View archived workshop »



Quality Online Course Series: Course Content & Instructional Materials

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Once you have established objectives and the assessments to measure them, the next step is to create and/or curate course content and instructional materials to support the learning objectives. It is also important to clearly explain the purpose, source, and alignment of instructional materials. In this archived online workshop, you will learn about creating and curating course content from quality sources as well as communicating them to your students. View archived workshop »



Quality Online Course Series: Course Activities & Student Engagement

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How do you encourage students to be fully engaged in an online course? By designing engaging and active, which foster interaction with you, the other students, and the content. In this archived online workshop, you will be introduced to some strategies to build learning activities which connect to your course objectives, as well as engage students in their own learning. View archived workshop »




Quality Online Course Series: Promoting Learning with Technology

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In an online course, technology is necessary for connecting with students, engaging them in learning, and assessing their knowledge. It's important to choose the right tools that support the learning objectives but are also obtainable and suitable for student use. In this online workshop, you will learn how to ensure technology in an online course supports learning and discover some tools you can incorporate into an online course. View archived workshop »




Quality Online Course Series: Accessibility, Usability, & Student Support

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Online students can feel isolated, but they don't have to be. In this online workshop, you will explore how usability and accessibility can set students up for success. You will also learn how to connect students with valuable support services. View archived workshop »





Quality Online Course Series: Getting Students Started

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Now that you have designed a high quality online course based on the other standards, you are ready to introduce it to your students. Set the right tone and support student success by helping them get started with a welcome message, a course tour, or a navigation guide. In this online workshop we will explore best practices for introducing course structure to your students and building community View archived workshop »




Quality Online Teaching Series: Best Practices for Delivering an Online Course

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Teaching an online course is not so different from teaching a face-to-face course. You still need to communicate with your students, grade student work, and support their learning. There are some differences, though, and research has shown that following some best practices can increase student success. In this online workshop, find out how to best support your students in the online environment. You will discover practical strategies you can implement in your own online courses. View archived workshop »




Quality Online Teaching Series: Feedback Strategies for Your Online Course

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Students in an online course need feedback early and often, so that they can track their progress and improve their performance. There are many ways you can provide your online students with great feedback. In this online workshop, we discussed some strategies to incorporate into your online teaching and innovative ideas for faculty, student-to-student, and reflective feedback in this workshop. View archived workshop »




Quality Online Teaching Series: Managing the Online Teaching Workload

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We often tell students that they need to be organized to manage their workload when they take an online course. But, it is even more important for you to manage your own time when teaching an online course. The lack of pre-defined, scheduled class times, combined with navigating the tools for online grading and communication can make it feel overwhelming. This online workshop offered 11/17/15 will introduce you to some strategies for keeping up with the course, techniques that can save you time, and best practices to manage student expectations of you, including some simple suggestions for saving time and increasing your efficiency. View archived workshop »




Quality Online Teaching Series: Emerging Technologies for Online Learning

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Enhance your online teaching skill set by learning about the latest emerging educational technologies being used in higher education today. Blackboard has many useful features, but there are so many more technologies you can use in your online courses. This online workshop offered 2/10/2016 will provide you with tips and tools for using technology in your teaching, from creating content to enhancing communication and collaboration. View archived workshop »




Quality Online Teaching Series: Creating Authentic Experiences for Your Online Course

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When designing an online course, remember everything doesn’t have to happen online or in isolation of the world around us. You can create authentic experiences for your online students, such as field experiences, real-world activities, and genuine, skill building tasks. In this online workshop we explored ways to craft authentic experiences and assessments for our online students. Plus, we looked at how these experiences align with your course learning objectives. View archived workshop »




Quality Online Teaching Series: Humanizing Your Online Course

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Research suggests that building a strong sense of connectedness in an online course promotes student success, engages students, and retains students. This requires that you establish a strong teaching presence within the course, and that you create structures for students to form a community. In this workshop, we discussed strategies to make your online course more personal and techniques to build faculty and student presence in your online course. View archived workshop »




Quality Online Teaching Series: Tips for Teaching Online with Blackboard

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In the fall of 2016, nearly 90% of NIU faculty used Blackboard for their credit courses. Ready to take it to the next level? Blackboard tools can enhance your productivity and efficiency as you teach your online course, as well as, help you support your students success.  In this workshop, you will discover tips and strategies on how to use Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra to deliver a quality online course. View archived workshop »




Quality Online Teaching Series: Enhancing Your Online Course with Images and Icons

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Sometimes a picture says a thousand words. You can enhance your course by adding images, icons, and other media into the online learning environment. Although images are plentiful online you still must consider the copyright of items you choose, even for educational purposes. In this workshop you will learn about helpful repositories that are free for you to use and how to find, evaluate, and incorporate visuals into your online course. View archived workshop »

Last updated: 9/18/2017