The Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center offers a variety of teaching and technology consultation services for NIU faculty and staff.

Teaching Consultations

The Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center (FDIDC) will assist faculty who voluntarily seek to improve their teaching and those faculty who are directed by their academic units to seek teaching-related assistance from FDIDC. The assistance provided by FDIDC can be in the form of consultations or classroom observation or both.

Consultations can be provided on a one-time or continuing basis as needed. The consultation process is a partnership and a discovery process that evolves over time to accomplish the desired goals of faculty who seek assistance. Faculty who seek assistance can decide on the type and depth of consultation needed, and FDIDC staff will provide the available support and resources. More information concerning classroom observation services is available provided here.

The success and desired outcomes of teaching improvement consultations and classroom observations will depend on the time and effort committed to the process by the faculty who seek assistance or are referred by their academic units.  FDIDC staff do not participate in summative evaluations of teaching for retention, tenure, and/or promotion or document teaching strategies of faculty who have physical, emotional, or other forms of disabilities that impact their teaching responsibilities. FDIDC staff can provide objective feedback on classroom or learning strategies, which focuses on development rather than evaluation. 

All teaching improvement consultations and classroom observations arranged with FDIDC are considered to be confidential as permissible under NIU's guidelines. FDIDC and its staff will not disclose the names of those who seek assistance voluntarily or those who are referred by departments and/or colleges and will endeavor to respect the privacy of all concerned.  FDIDC and its staff may report the progress or training of a faculty to the referring academic unit, or disclose information to those within the University with a need to know, or disclose information for the protection of the University and/or its faculty, staff and students. 

Technology Consultations

The Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center (FDIDC) offers individual and group consultations on integrating technology into teaching. Teaching effectiveness is the primary focus of consultations and other technology-related services offered by the Center. Following is a partial listing of consultations are offered by our Center staff:

  • creating a web syllabus 
  • enhancing instruction with PowerPoint
  • implementing and conducting online discussions
  • integrating multimedia into teaching
  • testing and grading online
  • planning and managing a course using NIU's Blackboard Course Management System
  • adapting course materials for the online environment
  • teaching online
  • teaching with a smart podium
  • identifying additional campus resources for teaching with technology

To arrange individual or group consultations, contact Center Staff or send request to The Center does not offer consultations on productivity tools such as word processing software, databases, email, web design, etc. Faculty who need such services are recommended to contact Division of Information Technology . Similarly, faculty who need production of media and other materials are recommended to contact Division of Enrollment Management, Marketing and Communications for production services.

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