In a partnership with the Division of International Affairs and the International Training Office, Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center staff offered two hands-on workshops for a delegation of eleven Chinese faculty from Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications and Shanxi Agricultural University who visited NIU February 23 – March 8, 2014 as part of the NIU Winter Camp 2014, Understanding American Culture and Higher Education. During their two-week visit, the faculty delegation along with thirty-eight Chinese students from their respective Chinese institutions were immersed in Midwestern culture, engaged with NIU faculty, staff, and administrators, and experienced a taste of higher education in the United States.
During the hands-on workshops led by Center staff, the Chinese faculty explored teaching best practices using a learning management system as well as learned tips for searching for and incorporating open educational resources in their teaching. Faculty were introduced to free and easy-to-use Web-based tools that they could immediately incorporate into their teaching. Many of the faculty participants expressed their appreciation for the sessions, commenting on how helpful the sessions were in not only better understanding current American teaching practices but also in introducing new pedagogies and technologies that could benefit their students back in China.