Month: October 2015

ETRA collaborates to boost Saudi colleges’ online teaching skills

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Wei-Chen Hung

The College of Education’s Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment (ETRA) this summer provided an intensive, two-week workshop to faculty and staff of the Royal Commission of Jubail, Colleges and Institutes Sector (JCIS), a group of three institutions of higher education located in Jubail Industrial City in the eastern part of Saudi Arabia on the Arabian Gulf.

The program, “Online Teaching and Development,” was designed to boost confidence and hone skills necessary for JCIS to successfully integrate online technology into its teaching practices. The workshop was held at Jubail Industrial College and attracted some 30 participants. The participants were all faculty from different departments from the JCIS institutions who were chosen to be trained to become trainers.

The eLearning Project Committee, led by Fahad Al-Shahrani, a 2014 graduate of ETRA’s doctoral program in instructional technology, and now a JCIS faculty member and chairman of the organization’s E-learning Project, were leading the effort. After identifying skills gaps that prevented the JCIS faculty from teaching online most effectively, Al-Shahrani approached Wei-Chen Hung, chair of ETRA department, about creating a partnership to eliminate those gaps. The two organizations collaborated to identify the best training approach and best time to deliver the training.



Study Abroad program in Japan in the works

JapanThe College of Education is teaming up with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Visual and Performing Arts for a two-week learning experience in Japan May 16 – 29, 2016. Participants will learn about western Japan, experiencing and learning about both modern and ancient culture through guided tours, lectures and independent research. Education students will spend time in schools, working with students and teachers, and also visit with students and faculty at Yamaguchi Prefectural University (where CAHE doctoral student Robert Schalkoff is a professor). Highlights of the program included Yamaguchi City, Hagi, Hiroshima, Akiyoshidai and Miyajima. For more information, contact Professor Steven Tonks at stonks@niu.edu or NIU’s Study Abroad office at 815-753-0700.



CAHE seminars scheduled

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Emily F. Henderson to visit COE Nov. 10 – 11

The College of Education’s Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education (CAHE) is proud to present Emily F. Henderson, assistant professor of International Education and Development in the Centre for Education Studies at the University of Warwick, U.K., who will conduct seminars on Nov. 10 and Nov. 11. Everyone is welcome to attend. (Descriptions of seminar topics are given below.)

What: “Teaching and Learning in a Shifting Terrain: Towards a Critical Higher Education Pedagogy”*

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015

Time:  Noon – 1 p.m.

Where: Gabel 146

 

What: “Gender and Education Research: an International, Intersectional Approach”**

Date:  Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

Time:  Noon – 1 p.m.

Where: Gabel 146

For more information, contact Z Nicolazzo at 815-753-9373 or znicolazzo@niu.edu



Literacy & Elementary Education offers new reading cohort in Grayslake

Northern Illinois University’s Department of Literacy and Elementary Education (LEED) will offer a new cohort leading to a Master of Science degree in literacy education with a focus on reading beginning in 2016 at University Center-Lake County (UC-LC) in Grayslake.

The program includes one or two classes per semester and is ideal for classroom teachers who are interested in earning either the Reading Teacher Endorsement (24 credits) or Reading Specialist Endorsement K-12 (33 credits).

Interested individuals can learn more about this program by attending an information session on Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the University Center-Lake County, 1200 University Center Drive, Grayslake, Ill. This event precedes an UC-LC open house and provides an opportunity for prospective students to learn about program requirements and ask questions. For information and reservations, contact Gail Schumacher, academic advisor, at gschumacher@niu.edu or 815-753-7948.

As a competency-based program, this master’s degree features a course sequence in which each course builds on the previous one, and all courses are aligned with the standards for reading professionals developed by the International Literacy Association. All courses are taught by skilled and knowledgeable faculty members, many with national recognition for their teaching, research and service to the field of reading. Full-time reading faculty members include Susan L’Allier, associate professor and reading program coordinator; Corrine Wickens, associate professor; and Michael Manderino, assistant professor. For information on the faculty, visit the Department of Literacy and Elementary Education website.



Meet a COE Northern Lights Ambassador: Bernadette Chatman

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Bernadette Chatman

“I have two ultimate goals in life: the first, to stay content and the second, to inspire someone to be a better them,” says Bernadette Chatman. “Both of these goals lead me to want to be an educator, more specifically an educator for those who are differently abled.”

Bernadette is a senior in special education as well as one of four COE Northern Lights Ambassadors.

As a Northern Light Ambassador, Bernadette says she wants to serve as a voice for the students. She believes students should be aware of all of the great opportunities that Northern, as well as the College of Education, has to offer.

“Our college has provided me with a few opportunities that I never saw myself doing. Teaching in Houston for a week is an example. The program, Educate U.S., gave me and 19 other NIU students the opportunity to teach in the Aldine School district. Unlike other institutions that send their students to the same program, NIU paid for our flight, ensured we were satisfied with our placements as well as the environment in which we lived in, and even took us out to explore Houston. I left Texas with a job offer and a greater appreciation for my college.”