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.
Neurodiversity & Higher Education This guide provides a starting point for improved practices and conversations on meeting the needs of neurodiverse students, including those who are autistic, have ADHD, or have other learning disabilities.
Universal Design in Learning 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.
Syllabus Toolkit This toolkit includes guides, checklists and syllabus statements for designing an effective, student-centered syllabus with NIU syllabus policy.
Faculty Mentoring Program The faculty mentoring program seeks to support new and junior faculty members; familiarize them with university expectations, practices and resources; maximize satisfaction, productivity and retention; and increase inclusiveness, collegiality and morale across campus.
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 Activities Here you will find several activities that can be used in any classroom to engage students as well as to monitor student learning / understanding.
Assessing Student Learning An overview of learning assessment is provided, with several goals: 1) to define student learning assessment and why it is important, 2) to discuss several approaches that may help to guide and refine student assessment, 3) to address various methods of student assessment, including the test and the essay, and 4) to offer several resources for further research.
Communicating with Students in Times of Uncertainty Practical suggestions for how to communicate with students about challenges they may be facing during an individual or collective crisis, including example language and talking points for responding to concerns that many students are facing.
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.
Interactive Techniques Compendium of interactive instructional techniques categorized by instructional context.
Mid-term Check-in Reflection Questions Sample reflection questions for survey or discussion with students as well as faculty to reflect on their teaching practices and make adjustments mid-term .
Navigate Resources and Job Aids NIU Navigate connects students, advisors and services to promote academic planning and success. It has uses for both students and faculty/staff members, aimed at improving student success, retention and graduation rates. See the available training and support resources to assist you with using the Navigate platform.
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.
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.
Student Success Tips and Tools These tips and practical strategies for student success, geared for a student audience, can be shared with your students.
Supporting Disappearing Students Every semester there are a number of students who receive failing grades not because they performed poorly on assessments, but because they stopped attending class and submitting assignments, or because they never attended. How do we reach these disappearing and missing students?
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.
Learning Technologies Catalog Learning technologies include recommended and institutionally supported software and web tools to promote collaboration, enhance communication, share multimedia, teach online and more.
ChatGPT and Education What is ChatGPT and what do you need to know about it? Learn more about what ChatGPT is, what it can and can't do (yet), and what educators can do with ChatGPT.
Class Policies for Generative AI Tool UseNEW Sampling of various class policies shared by faculty, provided as examples that you might use or modify in developing your own policies for navigating generative AI tools (such as ChatGPT, MidJourney, Dall-E, etc.)
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.
Webcam Use in the Classroom This guide provides guidance about the use of webcams, alternatives to consider, and suggested syllabus language.
5 Ways to Use 5-Minute Videos to Revolutionize Your Online ClassroomNEW As faculty, we strive to ensure students feel connected to us, their classmates, and the content of their online class. A unique way to accomplish this is by using short faculty- and student-led videos. With just a little bit of effort (and confidence) faculty can employ personally recorded videos in a variety of ways, and these videos will serve to both enhance curriculum and increase student engagement.
Brainstorming Guide discussing techniques that will help you start writing a paper and continue writing through the challenges of the revising process.
Effective Email Communications Guide to help students, faculty, and University professionals learn to use email more effectively. It can help you determine whether email is the best mode of communication in a particular situation and write messages that successfully convey your meaning to your intended audience.