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Faculty

Q. How do I get started working with eLearning to develop my online course?
A. Faculty who have been asked by their department to develop an online course may apply for up to 200 hours of NIU eLearning support to help with instructional design, graphic design, and multimedia development. To be awarded this support the online course must meet certain criteria:

  • Course must be listed as off-campus for a minimum of three semesters over the next three years following completed development
  • Course must have a history of average enrollments of 20 or more students per offering
  • Faculty must offer the course through Blackboard (not another learning management system)
  • Faculty must provide a link to the technology survey at the end of the first offering in order to obtain student feedback on the course structure and technology so that eLearning can make adjustments to the quality of the course as needed.
  • Fill out the Proposal for Support to Create an Online Course, have it signed by your Dean and Chair, and mail it to Aline Click, Director of eLearning Services, LB 200.

Q. What does an online course look like?
A. At eLearning Services we use many different technologies to develop online courses. Click on the following links to the demos that will give you a glimpse of online courses created by eLearning Services:

*For more demos feel free to browse through our Learning Objects, Serious Games, and Simulations webpages.

Q. How can I make my online course available to students with a disability?
A. Online courses developed at eLearning Services comply with the Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA) to accommodate students with disabilities enrolled in an online course. For more information on accessibility requirements go to NIU's Website Accessibility webpage.

Q. Can I show a commercial video in my online course?
A. If you wish to show a full-length video to your online students and it is available at rental stores, it is best to ask your students to rent a copy to watch. You can use up to 10% of a movie or music in your online course to highlight certain aspects, but there are additional rules about that as well. For more information download the NIU Copyright Notification Form

Q.  Is my course material and student data secure in an online course?
A. The content and data for courses within Blackboard are protected by a unique university ID and a strong password (that comply with ITS password rules). In addition the courses are available only to the instructor teaching the course and the students enrolled in that class.  

Q. What is eLearning’s process for developing an online course?
A. eLearning Services follows the ADDIE (Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, Evaluation) model in developing online courses. Please refer to the following demo for more information about our process: Course Development demo

Q. What is NIU’s Intellectual Property policy for online courses developed in collaboration with the University?
A. Faculty members share intellectual property rights for the online course with NIU. See http://www.niu.edu/provost/policies/appm/I6.shtml for the full statement.

Q. What are the system requirements for an online course?
A. For minimum computer requirements for your online course refer to our computer checklist

Q. Can students access the online courses on their mobile devices?
A. Yes there are apps for both iPad and Android devices for accessing our online courses including those made with Flash.

Q. What options do I have other than Blackboard for my online class?
A. NIU credit courses are offered through Blackboard so that students have a consistent place to go.

Q. How long does it take to build an online course?
A. A typical online course take about 4 to 6 months to develop with the help of eLearning Services. Click here to access the online course development RFP.

Q. What kind of services does eLearning provide?
A. Course development, instructional design, multimedia development, and Adobe Connect training are just a few of the services NIU eLearning offers.

Q. I want to use Adobe Connect for online sessions of my class. Where do I access Adobe Connect and is there training?
A. Adobe Connect is free of charge to all faculty and staff at NIU. All you need to do is log into http://connect.niu.edu with your university login and password and set up a meeting.


Students

Q. As a student where do I go to access my online course at NIU?
A. http://webcourses.niu.edu

Q. Is there a resource for students to test readiness for online learning?
A.Yes. First make sure you computer is ready to access the online courses. Then take the readiness survey to make sure you are ready to be an online student.

Q. Where can I go for help if I have problems in my Blackboard course?
A. Call 815-753-8100 to access the Help Desk. Friendly staff at the help desk will either help you work through your problem or point you in the right direction for services.

Q. Can the online courses run on MAC platform?
A. Yes

Q. Do I need to buy additional software to take an online class?
A. In most cases you will not need to buy additional software for your online course, with the exception of courses that focus on teaching a specific software.

Q. Can students access the online courses on their mobile devices?
A. Yes there are apps for both iPad and Android devices for accessing our online courses including those made with Flash.


Partners

Q. I am not currently affiliated with NIU but am interested in getting a proposal from eLearning to find out what it would cost for consulting and development services. Whom do I contact?
A. NIU eLearning Services works with a variety of partner organizations in developing and supporting online training initiatives. Contact Aline Click for more information at 815-753-0673 or email aclick@niu.edu.


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