NEIU Center for Teaching and Learning

NEIU Center for Teaching and Learning The Center for Teaching and Learning at Northeastern Illinois University offers support for both full-time and part-time faculty. NEIU's Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is located in the Ronald Williams Library and offers support to full- and part-time faculty who want to refine their teaching skills, experiment with new instructional formats, and apply educational technologies in their classes.

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NEIU Success Story Using the CTL Course Template Laura Tejada, Associate Professor in Counselor Education was one of our...
11/23/2021
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NEIU Success Story Using the CTL Course Template

Laura Tejada, Associate Professor in Counselor Education was one of our colleagues who piloted our D2L Course Template. Subsequently, and in consultation with her students, she made changes in her D2L course design. Watch this video for a before and after peek at her course. We have loaded these D2L Templates with “how to guides” on the CTL website. These user-friendly guides, created by S*k Son, illustrate the steps for downloading the templates, uploading them into your D2L course and editing them according to your needs. Here is the link. If you need help in adapting the templates, S*k Son can provide you with individual consultation. You can email him at [email protected] to set up a meeting.

Hypothesis will be available for you at NEIU. Are you interested?
11/17/2021
Hypothesis 101 | 3 Dec | Social annotation for beginners

Hypothesis will be available for you at NEIU. Are you interested?

Jeremy Dean, our Director of Education, introduces the Hypothesis annotation tool and shows how social reading can transform your classroom, making reading a...

Working on your D2L course? Why don't you try the template?
11/17/2021
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Working on your D2L course? Why don't you try the template?

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11/15/2021
Noteworthy at Northeastern: Creating a more equitable society | Northeastern Illinois University
10/29/2021
Noteworthy at Northeastern: Creating a more equitable society | Northeastern Illinois University

Noteworthy at Northeastern: Creating a more equitable society | Northeastern Illinois University

Northeastern Illinois University is pleased to welcome its new Executive Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Shireen Roshanravan. NEIU is also excited to announce a new partnership with four other Illinois schools to create a more diverse and equitable data science workforce through the...

10/14/2021
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Addressing Principles of Accessibility and Equity in the Learning Environment

Wednesday, October 20 (12:00-2:00 p.m.)

Register here to receive a Zoom link.

Help us make our teaching accessible to all students, and particularly for students with disabilities. This virtual 2-hour workshop will address key issues around accessibility and technology, how to utilize features of accessibility in our Brightspace/D2L learning management system, and how to make learning media more accessible.
Presenter Information

Dr. Yue-Ting (Ting) Siu is a teacher of blind and low vision students (TVI) and coordinates the teacher preparation program in Visual Impairments at San Francisco State University. She has worked with students of all ages with visual impairments and additional disabilities including deafblindness. Her mission focuses on advancing teachers’ proficiency with access technology and promoting innovations in multimedia accessibility. Ting is the author of the textbook Access Technology for Blind and Low Vision Accessibility (2020), available from APH Press. Connect with her on Facebook or Twitter @TVI_ting (www.tplus.education).

Dr. Jody S*ker is an Assistant Professor in special education at Northeastern Illinois University. Her teaching focuses on special education teaching methods, collaboration, anti-racist pedagogy, disability history, and universal design for learning. She is also active in improving university faculty teaching methods and use of technology. Her research interests include co-teaching, understanding critical reflections of systems of power and privilege, equity, and attracting and retaining a racially-diverse teacher workforce.

09/22/2021
09/07/2021

Faculty Institute 2021

We are pleased to report that 177 faculty attended this year’s event entitled “Advancing Student Success Through Culturally Responsive Pedagogies.” Many more of our colleagues plan to review the event recordings over the next few weeks. The Faculty Institute 2021 recordings are available on the CTL website.

09/07/2021

Winter Session Workshop II: Prioritizing Your Winter Session Syllabus

Wednesday Sept 22 (10-11:30 a.m.)

Please register here.

What would you do if you had to teach your course in just three hours? Fortunately, we have three whole weeks to teach a course during the Winter Session, but this thought experiment can help us reconsider our course objectives and materials in new ways. In this interactive working session, faculty will bring a syllabus they’re considering offering during the Winter Session. We will work in small groups to reformat our courses in terms of what must stay, what is nice to have, and what can fall away. As a reminder, the Winter Session Advisory Board has created a guidance document to support faculty who are preparing to teach Winter Session courses.

09/07/2021

Is Google Taking Over Your Classroom?

Tuesday, Sept. 21 (4:15-5:30 p.m.) via Zoom

Registration is encouraged but not required.

In the mid-2010s, Chicago Public Schools served as a testing ground for Google’s popular—and unvetted—Chromebooks and education apps. In this session, a continuation of the CTL’s Conversations in Critical Digital Pedagogy, we will have an informal discussion of Natsha Singer’s 2017 New York Times article “How Google Took Over the Classroom.” We’ll consider the recent history of inviting Google into struggling schools and consider our own role as digital gatekeepers in our classrooms.

09/07/2021

Microintervention Strategies for the Classroom

Friday, Sept. 17 (10:00-12:00 p.m.)

Presenters: Shreya Patel and Velshay Stokes

Description: This workshop for faculty, department chairs and coordinators will focus on identifying and intervening in instances of racial microaggressions in the curriculum and classroom. In the first hour, we will explore different types of microaggressions, and various techniques we can use to speak up against racist behaviors. In the second half, we will work in groups and put these skills to practice with case studies. This is a repeated workshop.Complete this registration form no later than Monday, September 13, 2021 to receive a Zoom invite.

09/07/2021

Streamlining Your Grading in Brightspace/D2L

Thursday, Sept. 16 (11:00-12:00 p.m.) via Zoom

Presenters: Sarah Wright, D2L Adoption Specialist

Come and learn some tips and tricks on how to optimize your grading workflows. We’ll review multiple areas of Brightspace including QuickEval, Grades Tool and Rubrics to help you to create an evaluation workflow that works for you!

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07/20/2021

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NEIU For You is a brand-new, one-time scholarship that covers your tuition and mandatory fees for a full year! That’s right! Our NEIU For You scholarship covers a year’s tuition and fees for eligible first-time full-time freshmen.

At Northeastern, we believe in giving everything we can to empower tomorrow’s leaders and change-makers. That belief guides every decision we make—and right now, we’re putting it into action in a powerful new way.

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Is there a new instructor in your department or program? Please share this CTL site with them.
07/19/2021
New Faculty Resources | Northeastern Illinois University

Is there a new instructor in your department or program? Please share this CTL site with them.

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07/19/2021

Microintervention Strategies for the Classroom

Thursday, July 29 (11:00-1:00pm)

Presenters: Shreya Patel and Velshay Stokes

Description: This workshop for faculty, department chairs and coordinators will focus on identifying and intervening in instances of racial microaggressions in the curriculum and classroom. In the first hour, we will explore different types of microaggressions, and various techniques we can use to speak up against racist behaviors. In the second half, we will work in groups and put these skills to practice with case studies.

Complete this registration form no later than Monday, July 26, 2021 to receive a Zoom invite

07/19/2021

Faculty Support Mentors for Summer 2021

We are pleased to announce that Jody S*ker ([email protected]) and G “Max” Maxin IV ([email protected]) will serve as our Faculty Support Mentors this summer. You may reach out to them directly or contact the CTL ([email protected]) if you would like assistance with virtual course design or teaching. There are no silly questions, so do not hesitate to reach out.

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07/01/2021
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Are you in rush to create your online course? Check this out!

Do you need to build your D2L course quickly? CTL created the templates for you. Check it out! It includes many pages su...
06/21/2021
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Do you need to build your D2L course quickly? CTL created the templates for you. Check it out! It includes many pages such as course introduction, meet your instructor, syllabus, technical readiness survey, student resources, etc.

Café Conversations: Addressing Whiteness in Academia.June 18 (2:30-4pm)Description: Join us for a summer book discussion...
06/07/2021
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Café Conversations: Addressing Whiteness in Academia.

June 18 (2:30-4pm)

Description: Join us for a summer book discussion intended to further our consciousness of what it means to be white or white presenting and how we can take action to deconstruct and dismantle white privilege. We will focus on the book, Microintervention strategies: What you can do to disarm and dismantle individual and systemic racism and bias. If you haven’t read the book, you are still welcome to attend. Please register in advance using this registration form.

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NEW***Call for Faculty Support Mentors.You may recall that last year, we had several fabulous Faculty Support Mentors wh...
06/07/2021
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NEW***Call for Faculty Support Mentors.

You may recall that last year, we had several fabulous Faculty Support Mentors who helped faculty with their remote learning needs. These individuals assisted with CTL training, provided one-on-one support to instructors with D2L and Zoom, etc. Now we would like to bring back this successful initiative and are seeking mentors for this Summer 2021 and Fall 2021. Interested faculty would meet the following eligibility criteria:

*hold the status of tenure/tenure track, full time instructor or Unit B
part time instructor

*possess a high level of comfort with online, hybrid, and/or remote
teaching

*have the disposition and skills to mentor others

*anticipate a teaching assignment in the coming year

Faculty Support Mentors could expect to spend an average of 3-5 hours per week engaging in the following activities:

*provide course design support for faculty who want to offer a
course during the Winter Session

* collaborate on Winter Session Workshops

*facilitate working groups with faculty who want support with
virtual instruction

*select or create and share out helpful tips and resources for
teaching in the virtual environment

Faculty Support Mentors will be compensated for their time. Supervisor approval is required. The CTL will review all applicants and will prioritize based on eligibility and funding availability.

If you would like to be considered, please complete this
Form no later than June 15th.

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05/26/2021
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05/06/2021

Hosting Your Class on D2L’s Virtual Classroom.

Thurs, May 27 (1-2:30)-Presenter: S*k Son

Description: Believe it or not, we now have a great replacement for Zoom as your synchronous virtual learning environment. Even better, it is hosted in our learning management system, Brightspace D2L! Recordings are stored in the D2L cloud, so you don’t have to worry about downloading your Zoom recordings and deleting them. Plus, all the features you have enjoyed in Zoom (e.g., breakouts, whiteboard, polling, etc.) are available within the secure D2L platform. We are excited to show you the bells and whistles. Please complete this registration form to receive a Zoom invite link.

We have finally completed the Onboarding for Brightspace/D2L document so that our new faculty and instructors can get st...
05/06/2021
New Faculty Resources | Northeastern Illinois University

We have finally completed the Onboarding for Brightspace/D2L document so that our new faculty and instructors can get started with D2L. Naturally, the CTL will continue to offer open office hours and provide small group or one-on-one consultation to instructors who require additional assistance. However, we think this new resource will be a helpful first step. Where can you find this document? It is housed on the CTL website.

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05/06/2021

CTL Online Teaching Fundamentals and Tools course. Registration deadline closes on May 10th. Please see the CTL March 2021 Update Letter for details. Please register here no later than Monday, May 10 at 5pm.

Noteworthy at Northeastern: Focused on wellness | Northeastern Illinois University
04/15/2021
Noteworthy at Northeastern: Focused on wellness | Northeastern Illinois University

Noteworthy at Northeastern: Focused on wellness | Northeastern Illinois University

In this week’s edition of Noteworthy at Northeastern, read about the University’s new partnership with Heartland Health Centers to provide COVID-19 vaccinations for their current patients to help slow the pandemic. Also, the Nuevas Voces Ten-Minute Play Festival and Contest announced their Octob...

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04/15/2021
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03/25/2021

Café Conversations: Addressing Whiteness in Academia

Friday, April 23 (2:30-4:00 p.m.)

Description: Join us for an informal, ongoing series of conversations for white and white presenting faculty to expand our consciousness around what it means to be white or white presenting, and how to interrupt behaviors that unintentionally do harm to students and colleagues of color. This may be the last season of the spring, but we are already making plans to expand our conversation this summer. We’ve got some ideas and look forward to hearing your ideas at this session.

Please register in advance using this Registration Form.

03/25/2021

Critical Digital Pedagogy: What is Student Engagement?

Tuesday, April 20 (4:15-5:30 p.m.).

Description: Over the past year, faculty have worked overtime to engage students in the distanced, virtual space. But what does meaningful engagement look like? How can we foster, as Paolo Freire writes, “an education of question [that] can trigger, motivate, and reinforce curiosity”? In this session, we will explore strategies for empowering students to take ownership of their engagement in the online space. Recommended reading: “Ethical Online Learning: Critical Pedagogy and Social Justice”

03/25/2021

Scholarships 101 for Faculty

Wednesday, April 14 (1:00-2:00 p.m.). Presenters: Michelle Morrow and Maureen Amos

Description: The top concern students have is how to pay for their college education. Yet many scholarships go unclaimed. This session will provide faculty information they can use to support their students. Session objectives include: understanding how the scholarship office fits into the University’s structure, finding out about the types of funding/scholarships that exist, and acquiring tips for assisting students in searching for and securing scholarships. A zoom invite to this session will be sent prior to the session, upon completion of this Registration Form.

03/25/2021

Enhancing Online Instruction Through Community Based Learning: Biochemistry for Elementary School Students During Covid-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, April 7 (11:00-12:00 p.m.). Presenters: Emina Stojkovic and Angela Nugent

Description: The presenters share the design and results from a collaboration between students in a Biochemistry course and elementary school students during the pandemic in an effort to further community-based learning. They will discuss the implications of their experience for faculty who want to incorporate similar projects in their upper level courses.

03/22/2021

If you missed a CTL workshop, go to Faculty Resource Collaborative. You will find the recordings of many CTL workshops.

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Thursday 8:30am - 4:30pm
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