Blackboard Open Lab

Blackboard Open Labs, August 24-28

Blackboard Open LabEvery day next week, from 11am-1pm, August 24 – 28, 2015, the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center will host a Blackboard Open Lab. This is an excellent opportunity for NIU faculty, staff, and TAs to ask specific questions about how to set up their courses in Blackboard. Whether you want to know how to communicative effectively with students to increase retention, add videos that stream flawlessly, set up your weighted grading formula in the Grade Center, or establish Groups to simplify collaboration, the staff from Faculty Development will be on hand to answer your questions individually.

The Open Lab is available Monday, August 24 through Friday, August 28, from 11 am to 1 pm every day in Adams Hall, Room 323. Feel free to drop in – no registration required! Unfortunately, we cannot provide a general overview of Blackboard at this session, but we will be happy to answer specific questions about using Blackboard.

If you can’t attend an Open Lab session, please complete the Ask a Question form at, and one of our staff will respond within 2 working days (though we strive to respond the same day).

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  1. I would like to meet with someone on Thursday August 20th after 1 p.m. if possible. I am teaching an online course, Mgmt 346, copying another instructor’s course from Fall 2014, and don’t know how to arrange timed quizzes. Can you let me know when and where to stop in?

    1. Hi Maria,

      I would be happy to meet with you! I will be in touch. The easiest way to reach us in the future will be directly by phone (753-0595) or email (

      Have a great day!

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