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EIU Faculty Development and Innovation Center

Past Workshops


Spring 2020


March 11, 2020

Classrooms without Walls, Creating Video Instruction at EIU

Facilitator: Tom Grissom
Location: 1430 Buzzard Hall

This workshop provided an overview of the extensive video production capabilities all faculty, staff, and students currently have access to at EIU, such as using Microsoft PowerPoint and OBS to create narrated PowerPoint presentations.


Feburary 19, 2020

Everyone is In: Increasing Social Presence in Online Courses

Facilitator: Dr. Lu Ding
Location:  Online

Establishing social connections is a basic human need. This need extends into online spaces. In fact, even when online, people are not only looking for information; they are also looking for affiliation, support and affirmation. Online learning involves social aspects, and social interactions are at the heart of the learning process. This webinar, we introduced several design and instructional strategies for instructors to promote social presence before class begins, during the first week, and beyond the first week.


Feburary 12, 2020

Using Activity Feed in D2L to Increase Student Engagement

Facilitator: Julie Lockett
Location:  Online

Julie Lockett, Director of Learning Innovation from FDIC, demonstrated Activity Feed, a widget that provides instructors with an opportunity to engage students. This widget borrows features from familiar social media platforms and instructors can share class announcements, files, and links to existing activities like quizzes. What makes this tool powerful is that unlike News, which is one-way communication, Activity Feed allows for two way communication. Instructors have the ability to turn on/off comments for any posting. 

Activity Feed image


Feburary 5, 2020

Refresh Your Content in D2L: The New Content Experience

Facilitator: Julie Lockett
Location:  Online

Julie Lockett, Director of Learning Innovation from FDIC, talked about and demonstrated a New Content Experience that is available in D2L Brightspace. The New Content Experience offers a clean, minimalist design, with just the right options available and a strong focus on learning.

New content experience


Janurary 29, 2020

How to Write a Proposal for the Council on Faculty Research

Facilitator: Dr. Robert Chesnut
Location:  1220 Booth Library

Dr. Robert Chesnut, Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, reviewed what works best for the CFR. He discussed what works best and what doesn't in the short-term and medium-term for preparing proposals and applications. 

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Contact Information

Dr. Newton Key, Director, FDIC

1116 Booth
217-581-7056
Schedule a meeting
nekey@eiu.edu

Julie Lockett, Director of Learning Innovation

1105 Booth
217-581-8449
Schedule a meeting
jalockett@eiu.edu

Faculty Development and Innovation Center

1105 Booth
217-581-7051
Schedule a meeting
fdic@eiu.edu

Dr. Lu Ding, Instructional Designer

1009 Booth
217-581-3716
Schedule a meeting
lding@eiu.edu


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