Spring 2016

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When the Community and the Classroom Collide: Service-Learning at NIU

Important to the integration of Academic Service Learning into courses is the inclusion of critical reflection, which is the venue by which students begin to unpack old knowledge and create new knowledge. This practice results in a deepening of learning.


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Communicate with your Students On-the-Go!

Videos can be a great way to deliver a message to students in your online course, and it's never been easier. Many of us carry our video cameras with us everywhere we go, after all. So let's start with pulling out your smart phone.



Philosophical Perspectives and Being Green Inspire Online Spring 2016 Teaching Effectiveness Institute

The first Faculty Development program of the New Year focused on the fundamental philosophical principles of how and why we teach. On Thursday, January 7, 2016, nearly 70 individuals participated in both the morning and afternoon online sessions.


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Universal Design for Learning - New Workshop Series

Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center is pleased to announce a series of three new online workshops on Universal Design for Learning to address needs and preferences of students in 21st century classrooms.


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Blackboard Portfolio Tool: Faculty Perspectives

During the summer of 2015, the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center team worked collaboratively with many faculty and staff to prepare for the fall 2015 implementation of the new Blackboard Portfolio tool.


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NIU to Review Classroom Response Systems

Classroom response system (ie: "clickers") product demonstrations by multiple response system providers are being scheduled for NIU faculty during March and April to seek input from faculty on which product to adopt as the centrally-supported clicker system at NIU moving forward.


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Enhancing Live Online Sessions with the New Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

During fall 2015, we introduced Blackboard Collaborate Ultra – One of the most exciting improvements in this release is that sessions open quickly directly in a web browser, with nothing to download or install in order to join a session.


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NIU Hosts International Delegation for Cultural Exchange and Professional Development

Faculty Development staff offered workshops on pedagogy and technology used in higher education settings in the U.S. for a cohort of six Chinese scholars from the Anhui University of Finance and Economics (AUFE), mainland China, during the fall 2015 semester.


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For Valentine's Day, NIU Today asked students to share stories about an NIU faculty member of class that they love. They shared touching stories about faculty who care.


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Trends in Blackboard Tool Usage at NIU - 2015

Blackboard Learn continues to be an important platform for facilitating teaching and learning at NIU with over 96% of students and 92% of teaching faculty using the system during fall 2015.


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2014-2015 Annual Report Now Available

The Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center is pleased to announce the completion of our annual report for the 2014-15 academic year. This latest report is available at go.niu.edu/facdevreport14-15.


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: 03/03/2016

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