Fall 2016

Grading Rubrics

Grading Rubrics

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.


graduate teaching certificate

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.


screenshot of blackboard inline grading interface

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.


screenshot of creating breakout groups in blackboard collaborate ultra

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 player on iphone and ipad

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.


looking down on teaching assistants attending the TA Orientation

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.


auditorium of students responding with clickers

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 facdev@niu.edu

Last Updated: 11/18/2016

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