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.
Tips for New Graduate Teaching Assistants from Your Experienced Peers
We asked the members of the Teaching Across the Disciplines panel from the TA Orientation to share some best practices and and practical tips on how to develop in the role of teaching assistant at NIU.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
Review of Classroom Response Systems Complete
For the 2016-2017 academic year, Turning Technologies will remain the officially-supported clicker system at NIU.
TA Connections is a newsletter for graduate teaching assistants 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 email@example.com
Last Updated: 11/18/2016