Gender Identity in the Classroom Suggested syllabus statement on gender identity and recommendations for classroom considerations and pronoun use, compiled the NIU Gender and Sexuality Resource Center.
Universal Design in LearningNEW A set of recommendations for designing classes and creating accessible course materials that include all students.
New Faculty Guides
New Employee Welcome This site will provide you with the information and resources you need to help you be successful and productive in your new position.
Support Units for NIU Faculty This guide provides a quick overview and contact information to the support units that new faculty often connect with for support for their teaching, research, scholarship and artistry.
Teaching Effectiveness Guides
Active Learning ActivitiesNEW Here you will find several activities that can be used in any classroom to engage students as well as to monitor student learning / understanding.
Flexible Teaching Flexible Teaching is an approach to course design and delivery that helps students learn and succeed in any mode: face-to-face, online, or hybrid. It starts with the principles of course design to create a flexible, resilient course that can withstand any change in modality or delivery.
Options for Delivering Exams via Virtual Instruction As you consider your options for delivering exams while teaching virtually, remember to exhibit equity, kindness, generosity and patience with your students. There are several options for you to rethink or deliver your exams via virtual instruction. You may want to consider one or multiple of these recommendations.
Preparing to Teach for the First Time Have you been invited to teach a course for the very first time and wondering where to begin? This guide provides tips and resources for getting started.
Transparent Assignment ChecklistNEW In-depth checklist for designing course assignments that clearly articulate to students the purpose, task, and criteria for success.
Transparent Assignment TemplateNEW Template for designing course assignments that clearly articulate to students the purpose, task, and criteria for success.
Strategies for Starting the Semester Well Whether you have been teaching for several years or are beginning to teach your very first semester, being prepared for the start of the semester will help make the transition successful for you and your students. These strategies you can use the first day and into the first weeks of the semester that will help you create an engaging, motivating, and organized classroom environment.
Student Success Resources You are encouraged to incorporate these academic support resources into your teaching and to refer students to utilize the services available for their academic success.
Syllabus Checklist Design a course syllabus to best meet your teaching style, course content, activities, and departmental requirements. Consider creating a learner-centered syllabus that targets student learning and success!
Learner-Centered Syllabus Design Guide Effective syllabi are learner-centered, meaning they move beyond the mechanics of a course (i.e. office hours, deadlines, and textbooks) to outline how students can be successful in a course.
Teaching at NIU for the First Time Teaching for the first time at a new university can be enjoyable and daunting at the same time. Whether you are an experienced teacher or new to the profession, being prepared to teach at a new institution will help you transition and succeed in your new environment. This guide contains information on course policies, teaching policies, and teaching-related resources to help you start your teaching career at NIU successfully!
Teaching a Course on Short Notice This guide addresses two situations: being asked to teach a course that begins very soon, and being asked to take over a course that someone else was teaching, sometime after the semester has begun.
Accessible Syllabus This guide to creating an accessible syllabus includes quick and easy tips for developing an accessible syllabus using Microsoft Word.
Learning Technologes Catalog Learning technologies include recommended and institutionally supported software and web tools to promote collaboration, enhance communication, share multimedia, teach online and more.
Getting Started with Flipgrid Flipgrid is a free video discussion platform from Microsoft that helps educators see and hear from every student in class and foster a fun and supportive social learning environment.
Using Microsoft Teams at NIU Microsoft Teams is a unified communications tool that allows for persistent 1:1 or group chat, video/audio calls and conferencing, and has integration with the full suite of O365 applications we've come to rely upon at NIU.
Using VoiceThread to Record Narration Over Slides This guide summarizes a solution for instructors who need a tool to allow them to record narration over a PowerPoint presentation. This approach is ideal if you were planning to present slides in your face-to-face course.