Ways to Help Students Read
Reading textbook and other required material prepares students to be able to answer questions and contribute to classroom discussions. Reading can also help show students the connections between lecture and what they have read. However, many students do not like to read, especially when it’s required reading! Although there is a direct correlation between reading required material and course grades, many students avoid reading.
Introducing the Next Generation of Blackboard!
Testing and piloting is underway on the upcoming release of Blackboard Learn version 9.1. This upgrade, scheduled to be made available campus wide in May, 2011, offers an improved Blackboard experience for both faculty and students. This version will deliver a redesigned, updated interface making the Blackboard environment more intuitive and easier to navigate.
New Quick Tip on Classroom Civility
Have you ever wondered how to promote a respectful and civil environment in your classroom? Do you worry about how to respond to classroom disruptions and what to say to challenging students? Do you know what NIU’s policy is with regard to classroom deportment? As a teaching assistant, what are your rights and responsibilities for maintaining a civil environment? Tim Griffin, University Ombudsman, and Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center have created a new Quick Tip that addresses these concerns.
Online Presentation Tools: Prezi, SlideShare, SlideRocket, Zoho Show
Like many other educational technologies, presentation tools have undergone significant transformation within the last few years and focus now on a model that emphasizes the collaborative nature of the web. The next-generation presentation tools allow users to move away from the sequential nature of slides, create and store presentation content online, collaborate on presentations with colleagues, share presentations with the world and receive feedback from either the private or public audience.
Teaching Assistant Orientation Materials Available Online
The Fall 2010 Teaching Assistant Orientation (TAO) was a big success, and the largest yet. On August 17, 217 graduate assistants filled the Regency Room. Twelve NIU faculty and staff presented on a variety of topics, including Teaching and Teaching-Related Responsibilities, Managing Your Classroom Effectively, and Assisting Students with Emotional or Behavioral Concerns, to name a few.
Blackboard’s Portfolio Tool Piloted During Fall 2010
NIU is currently piloting Blackboard’s electronic portfolio tool and any interested NIU faculty/staff, graduate teaching assistants, and leaders of Blackboard communities are encouraged to try the this tool with their Blackboard course section(s) and/or Blackboard communities, thereby testing the initial implementation templates and features and providing feedback.
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Last Updated: 10/01/2015