Spectrum Newsletter - Fall 2016

Grading Rubrics

Grading Rubrics

Rubrics can help students organize their efforts to meet the requirements of an assignment and faculty can use rubrics to explain their evaluations to students.


sarah rose cavanagh

Spring 2017 Teaching Effectiveness Institute - The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotions

Presented by Sarah Rose Cavanagh, author of an exciting new book of the same name. In this interactive workshop, Dr. Cavanagh will share a wide range of evidence that targeting emotions in your presentation style, course design, and assignments is a highly potent teaching strategy.


screenshot of grading an assignment in blackboard

Tools To Go Paperless: Blackboard’s Inline Grading

Instead of requiring students to print their assignments, consider using the Assignment tool in Blackboard. With Inline Grading, you can review, comment, and grade student-submitted files ‘inline’ – directly in the web browser without requiring any special plugins.


screenshot of creating breakout groups in blackboard collaborate ultra

Breakout Groups, Polling, Closed Captioning Added to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Blackboard released 2 exciting new features, Breakout Groups and Polling, and a new tutorial on the existing Closed Captioning feature. Check them out!


medial video player on ipad and iphone

MEDIAL: Updated Video Management with Webcam Recording

Helix Media Library (HML), the streaming media player for uploading and sharing video and audio content available to all NIU faculty, students, and staff, is now MEDIAL. After a significant upgrade, the video management tool is faster, easier, and includes the ability to record video directly from a webcam.


graduate teaching certificate

Congratulations to 2015-2016 Graduate Teaching Certificate Recipients

The Graduate Teaching Certificate acknowledges these individuals’ commitment to effective teaching and can enhance their academic credentials.


2015-2016 Annual Report

2015-2016 Annual Report Now Available

During 2015-2016, the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center contributed to the university’s mission by collaborating with various academic and support units to meet the ongoing and emerging needs of NIU faculty, staff, administrators, and graduate teaching assistants in their teaching, technology integration, professional development, and related needs. 


greg justice

Fall 2016 Teaching Effectiveness Institute on Teaching Effectiveness and Using Performance Techniques in the Classroom

The two-day Fall 2016 Teaching Effectiveness Institute was once again a success. Day one was Fundamental Principles of Effective Teaching, and Day 2 introduced The Art of Teaching: Using Performance Techniques in the Teaching/Learning Process.


teaching assistants attending TA orientation

Beyond the Teaching Assistant Orientation

The Teaching Assistant Orientation is offered to new and returning teaching assistants each year to help them learn more about their role as a TA and the support services at Northern Illinois University. Over 220 Graduate Teaching Assistants, presenters, and staff attended the 2016 TAO.


students using clickers in an auditorium

Review of Classroom Response Systems Complete

For the 2016-2017 academic year, Turning Technologies will remain the officially-supported clicker system at NIU.


Spectrum is a newsletter for faculty published every fall and spring semester by Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center. For more information about featured articles or upcoming faculty development programs, please contact the Center at (815) 753-0595 or facdev@niu.edu

Last Updated: 11/17/2016

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