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Spectrum - Fall 2012

Faculty-Student Relationships

Faculty-Student Relationships

Having a good relationship with your students can help students succeed academically and increase their overall satisfaction with the university experience. However, one such relationship, the consensual romantic relationship, often fails and can result in severe consequences for both the faculty member and the student.

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Preparing to Teach Online

Preparing to Teach Online

Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, with the help of funding provided by a Venture Grant from the Northern Illinois University Foundation, will soon introduce self-paced training on online teaching at NIU. This project, known as “Preparing to Teach Online” (PTO), will result in a set of interactive learning modules focused on online teaching that participants can use to learn at their own pace and schedule.

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Green Up! the Classroom

Green Up! the Classroom

During the summer of 2012, NIU’s Information Technology Services launched an initiative to Green Up! NIU. This includes an effort to become increasingly paperless. The Vision 2020 goal of 100% Wi-Fi coverage in student and academic spaces supports going paperless, as does the new student printing quota. There are several ways that faculty can support the Green Up! Initiative and help students avoid unnecessary printing.

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Facilitating Web Conferencing, Interaction, and Collaboration using Blackboard Collaborate

Facilitating Web Conferencing, Interaction, and Collaboration using Blackboard Collaborate

With more and more instruction taking place online, faculty are increasingly seeking online tools and strategies that can promote communication, interaction, and live collaboration from faculty-to-student, student-to-student, and student-to-content. Web conferencing is an online tool that allows multiple users to view content, exchange ideas, and work collaboratively.

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Instructional Guide for University Faculty and Teaching Assistants Now Available in Mobile and eBook Formats

Instructional Guide for University Faculty and Teaching Assistants Now Available in Mobile and eBook Formats

The NIU Instructional Guide for University Faculty and Teaching Assistants is a brief compilation of teaching-related information from several sources, including instructional guidebooks from other institutions, journals, and contributions from master teachers and academic support units at Northern Illinois University. The guide is meant to be a quick reference rather than a comprehensive source on teaching-related information. Topics include teaching preparation, effective instruction, assessment, classroom management, and more.

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August 2012 Welcoming Programs were a Great Success!

August 2012 Welcoming Programs were a Great Success!

We are happy to report to the NIU community that the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center’s fall 2012 welcoming programs were all well-attended and well-received!  We would like to thank all co-sponsors, presenters, and participants of our programs who helped make each program successful.

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Spectrum is a newsletter for faculty published every fall and spring semester by Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, Adams Hall 319, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois 60115. Phone: (815) 753-0595, Email: facdev@niu.edu, Fax: (815) 753-2595, Web site: www.niu.edu/facdev. For more information about featured articles or upcoming faculty development programs, please contact the Center at (815) 753-0595 or facdev@niu.edu

Last Updated: 10/26/2012