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Veterans in the Classroom

Veterans in the Classroom

NIU currently enrolls over 500 veterans, and this number is expected to increase in the near future as more veterans complete their service and seek higher education opportunities. Universities play a large role in the transition veterans make when they return to civilian life and also benefit from veterans’ presence on their campuses.


Blackboard Tips

Tips for Efficient and Effective Communications Using Blackboard

The announcement, discussion, and email features in Blackboard are just a few of the many tools available for faculty to communicate with students and foster collaboration in their courses. What are the most efficient and effective uses of the Blackboard communication tools? Below is a list of a few tips and recommended best practices for efficient and effective communication with students using Blackboard.



Screencasts as a Pedagogical Tool

Have you considered developing a brief computer-based tutorial as a means to extend course content to students who would like to view complex lab demonstrations again or for any students who cannot attend a particular classroom session to review what was demonstrated? If so, you may consider developing computer-based tutorials or ‘screencasts’ that can be viewed by students whenever and however many times they need for both initial learning and subsequent review.


Blackboard Features

10 Lesser Known Features of the Blackboard Grade Center

The redesigned Blackboard Grade Center offers a lot of new features and improvements over the old Gradebook. Here is a list of some of the lesser known, yet very helpful, features that faculty can incorporate to make better use of the Grade Center capabilities and improve their teaching experience.


Graduate Teaching Certificate

You may already qualify for the Graduate Teaching Certificate!

The Graduate Teaching Certificate recognizes the participation of graduate teaching assistants (GA/RA/TAs) in the development programs offered by the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center. The certificate acknowledges these individuals’ commitment to effective teaching and can enhance their academic credentials.



TA Connections is a newsletter for graduate teaching assistants published every fall and spring semester by Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, Adams Hall 319, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois 60115. Phone: (815) 753-0595, Email: tadev@niu.edu, Fax: (815) 753-2595, Web site: http://www.niu.edu/facdev. For more information about featured articles or upcoming graduate teaching assistant development programs, please contact the Center at (815) 753-0595 or tadev@niu.edu

Last Updated: 10/01/2015

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