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Active Learning ActivitiesNEW Engaging students in individual or small group activities is a great way to get students actively involved in the class. Many students feel more comfortable in small groups (four or less) rather than in large ones. Below you will find several activities that can be used in any classroom to engage students. Many of the activities in this guide can also serve as formative assessments, a way to monitor student learning / understanding.
Anti-Racism and Social Justice LibGuide This guide was created by University Libraries as a response to events surrounding the murders of unarmed Black people by police and the protests calling for an end to institutional racism in the justice system and beyond. While not exhaustive in its resources, the guide is meant to be a starting point to learn more about social justice and activism and to find information and community. The guide will evolve to include broader social justice resources for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).
Diversity Issues and the Instructor: Identifying Your Own Attitudes It's important to be aware of possible reactions among the students to your race, gender, age, ethnicity, physical attributes, and abilities. Preparing for such reactions will involve not only knowing as much as you can about your students, but also turning the mirror to yourself, and finding out more about your own diversity issues.
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.
Instructional Guide for University Faculty and Teaching Assistants This guide 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. It is meant to be a quick reference and not a comprehensive source on teaching-related information.
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.
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!
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 The Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) helps faculty explore and evaluate innovative ways to use learning technologies for teaching at NIU. Learning technologies include recommended and institutionally supported software and web tools to promote collaboration, enhance communication, share multimedia, teach online and more. In addition to supporting established learning technologies like Blackboard, CITL also works with faculty and administrators to pilot new tools.
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. In Flipgrid, educators post discussion prompts and students respond with short videos, whether they are learning in class or at home.
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. If you're familiar with Slack or Discord, Teams has many similarities.
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.
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 Many support units are available at NIU to assist new faculty in their teaching, research, scholarship and artistry. This guide provides a quick overview and contact information to the support units that new faculty often connect with for support.