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Spring 2011

Using Concept Inventories to Improve Instruction

Using Concept Inventories to Improve Instruction

In many fields, “common sense” can lead students astray. Before stepping into a classroom, students have formed hypotheses and theories based on observations and experience, but what seems to make sense based on casual observation may be, in fact, false. These misconceptions can be worse than complete ignorance, as the misconceptions have to be corrected in order for new information to be learned.

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Blackboard Next Generation Upgrade Scheduled for May 2011

Blackboard Next Generation Upgrade Scheduled for May 2011

On May 30, 2011, Blackboard Next Generation (NG) will make its campus-wide debut at NIU. This will be the most significant upgrade of Blackboard since it was first introduced at NIU almost ten years ago. In addition to delivering a redesigned, updated interface, Blackboard NG will: simplify the process of creating and editing courses, facilitate classroom collaboration, allow for better organization of course materials and assignments, streamline the notification system of course updates, and allow you to customize the course to meet your needs.

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New Resource for Accessible Teaching

New Resource for Accessible Teaching

Faculty can enhance instruction by considering how the design and delivery of their content in a digital and/or web environment can overcome barriers to learning.  For example, one might inquire whether ‘accessibility’ could revolve around how students with visual impairments can access video and multimedia products, or how faculty can ensure that a student who is deaf can access content in their audio podcast.

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Blackboard App for iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, and Android

Blackboard App for iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, and Android

Blackboard Mobile Learn takes interactive teaching and learning to the mobile device, giving NIU students and teachers instant access to their courses, content, and communities anywhere. Blackboard Mobile Learn is available now on all major smartphone platforms (Android, Blackberry, and iOS) and works across all carriers. It may be downloaded now from the Android Market, Blackberry App World and the iTunes App Store.

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