Designing Self-Paced Training Modules as the Foundation of Online Faculty Certification

During this session on November 21, 2013 at the 19th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning, learn about Northern Illinois University’s innovative faculty development initiative to offer introductory online teaching training via self-paced modules as an initial phase of comprehensive online faculty certification. An overview of the program was shared as well as the design, development, and implementation phases of the project, highlighting lessons learned and tips for other institutions interested in pursuing a similar self-paced model for scaling their faculty development efforts. Slides are available here.

The session was mentioned in this article by Inside Higher Ed

Teaching with Technology: Tools, Tips, and Techniques

A wide assortment of instructional technologies are available that will not only enhance the learning experience for your students but also save you time. But what technologies fit best into your teaching? In this presentation for the Illinois Sociological Association, Jason Rhode and Peter Gowen from the NIU Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center provided an overview of common instructional technologies available today and shared recommended steps for effectively incorporating technology in teaching. The Prezi is available here.

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Designing and Developing a MOOC: Lessons from Experience

Few current educational technology innovations have received the attention of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). However, most of the discourse is philosophical and hypothetical. So how does designing and delivering a MOOC actually work? This fall, NIU offered its first MOOC titled “Perspectives on Disability.” In this session at the 2013 SLATE Conference, my colleagues Stephanie Richter, Tracy Miller, and I shared the unique collaborative process we followed to design and develop the MOOC, including recommendations for other institutions beginning their MOOC journey. We will also discussed how we worked with Blackboard CourseSites to deliver the course. Slides are available here.

Thinking of designing a MOOC? Find more tips for designing a massive open online course here.

Lessons from Tacos and Pizza: The Importance of 24/7 Access for Students

For students, the learning experience beyond lecture hour is just as important as what happens during class. Thanks to modern technology, it is now easier than ever to make academic resources available 24/7, and use them to enhance teaching practices and the learning experience. This presentation at BbWorld13 shared NIU’s current use of Blackboard Learn, Collaborate, and Mobile to provide 24/7 access to learning for students. Slides are available here.

Blackboard Enterprise Surveys and Course Evaluations: Features and Considerations for Institutional Adoption

With the release of Blackboard Learn 9.1 Service Pack 10, the “Enterprise Surveys and Course Evaluations” tool adds a robust and flexible set of new capabilities tightly integrated within Blackboard for conducting surveys and course evaluations on a wide scale. This session at BbWorld13 shared Northern Illinois University’s recent experiences exploring the new features and developing a roadmap for institution-wide implementation. Slides are available here.