Instructional Scaffolding to Improve Learning
Similar to the scaffolding used in construction to support workers as they work on a specific task, instructional scaffolds are temporary support structures faculty put in place to assist students accomplish new tasks and concepts they could not typically achieve on their own. Students are free to ask questions, provide feedback and support their peers in learning new material.
Promoting Online Collaboration with Wimba Classroom
Many faculty consider live, personal interaction to be the most valuable element of quality teaching and learning experiences. Wimba Classroom is a new online collaboration tool that integrates with Blackboard and allows educators and students to engage in meaningful and memorable interactions by combining interactive technologies with instructional best practices.
Upcoming Teaching Effectiveness Institute
Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center is pleased to announce the Spring 2009 Teaching Effectiveness Institute, “Teaching Inclusively: An Approach to the Dynamics of Diversity in the University Classroom,” by Dr. Maurianne Adams (University of Massachusetts-Amherst) on Thursday, January 8, 2009, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
“Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive, High Engagement Process and Philosophy for Increasing Teaching and Institutional Effectiveness,” will be offered by Dr. Ray Wells (Company of Experts) on Friday, January 9, 2009 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. This workshop will fully engage participants in the Ai process and provide an orientation to the possibilities for use throughout the University. Participants will leave with an understanding of how individual, small-scale and large-scale change can be promoted with an emergent, non-prescriptive strategy, an appreciative perspective, and sustained attention to everyday relational patterns.
Online Teaching Series
Last summer, Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center piloted a series of workshops aimed at helping NIU faculty prepare for online teaching. The Online Teaching Series consisted of six hands-on stand-alone workshops that provided NIU faculty and staff with a systematic overview of the various pedagogical and pragmatic considerations necessary in offering a quality online learning experience for students.
Faculty Development will be offering several new workshops specifically geared toward Mac users. The proposed ‘Mac’ Series workshops include - Creating Enhanced Podcasts, Using iMovie, and Introduction to Garageband.
Faculty Development Offers Online Programs
NIU Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center has recently begun offering online development workshops to supplement the face-to-face sessions that are already offered. These online sessions provide NIU faculty/staff and teaching assistants with the opportunity to participate remotely from their office or home computer or even by phone.
"Tweets" for NIU Faculty and Staff
Looking to stay up-to-date on the latest news and upcoming workshops for NIU faculty and staff? One way to do so is to follow the Faculty Development news feed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/facdev. Notices from Twitter, also referred to as tweets, can be viewed either online or can be delivered automatically by instant message (IM) or text message (SMS).
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Last Updated: 11/24/2008