Important: Major Upgrade to Blackboard and Upcoming Training Programs

On May 30, 2011, NIU will be upgrading to Blackboard Next Generation (NG). This is the most significant upgrade of Blackboard since it was first introduced at NIU almost ten years ago.

In addition to delivering a redesigned, updated interface, Blackboard NG will simplify the process of creating and editing courses, will facilitate classroom collaboration and allow for better organization of course materials and assignments. Additionally, it will streamline the notification system of course updates and will allow for a variety of course customizations.

It is strongly recommended that current faculty, instructors, teaching staff and teaching assistants attend any of the upcoming May, June and July training programs on Blackboard NG. Please be aware that in August 2011 priority registration will be given to new faculty, instructors, teaching staff and teaching assistants.

Information about Blackboard NG can be found at

Blackboard NG

Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center has started to offer a wide range of training programs and resources to assist faculty, instructors, teaching staff, and teaching assistants with the change. Spring and Summer 2011 workshops and programs on Blackboard NG will include:

Blackboard Next Generation Preview Session
  • Preview sessions prior to upgrade
  • Hands-on workshops for new users
  • "Tune-up" workshops for experienced users
  • "Blackboard Boot Camp" for in-depth all day instruction
  • Open Lab sessions every day of the first week of summer and fall 2011 semesters for individual assistance

Below you will find the Blackboard NG workshops and programs for Spring and Summer 2011:

May 2011

June 2011

July 2011

  * = workshop designed for new users
** = workshop designed for experienced users
Note – All workshops following the Blackboard upgrade May 30th will be hands-on, with the exception of online workshops.

You can also find our full Summer 2011 program schedule online at We look forward to seeing you at our programs.

Thank you.
Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center
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