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Pop culture finds way into new courses

By Allison Krecek | December 4, 2013

Listening to Tupac, reading the Hunger Games and playing Dungeons and Dragons are all things students can do in classes coming next semester.The College of Education has created 15 classes available to all. The courses have been promoted through posters...

Pass/Fail: Dragons, Tupac, Hunger Games to appear in spring curriculum, Illinois lawmakers pass pension reform at state workers’ expense

By Danny Cozzi | December 3, 2013

Pass: Dragons, Tupac, Hunger Games to appear in spring curriculumThe College of Education has unveiled 15 intriguing classes that relate to pop culture topics, according to today’s article in the Northern Star.Considering the fact that I spend a rather...

Online graduate program recognized

By Jessi Haish | January 21, 2013

The NIU College of Education’s online graduate program was ranked fourth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The top three colleges were New York’s St. John’s University, Auburn University and South Dakota University. The University of...

Seminar on confidence building to be held Thursday

By Northern Star Staff | October 29, 2012

A seminar creating confidence and competence in classrooms will be held on Nov. 1, according to NIU Today. Toni Tollerud, presidential teaching professor for the College of Education, will hold a seminar called Transformation Learning: Building Confidence...

Hect: Technology Oasis modeled after Apple Genius Bars

By Lauren Dielman | April 15, 2012

Those frustrated by iPads, iPods, laptops, smartphones and class projects have a place to go to get their questions answered: Technology Oasis. Jeffrey Hecht, associate dean in the College of Education, said Technology Oasis was modeled after Apple’s...

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Tablet devices may have advantages over traditional textbooks

By Chelsey Boutan | March 21, 2012

When Jeffrey Hecht watches his 14-year-old daughter head off to class with a 30-lb. backpack, he starts to wonder. He thinks about if all students had to carry was a 1.6 lb. iPad like the one he has. Students could access the internet, their notes, textbooks...

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Northern Light Ambassadors seek new applicants

By Jordan Birchfield | February 12, 2012

The Northern Light Ambassadors are looking for new leaders for the 2012-2013 academic year. The Northern Light Ambassadors is an organization founded in 2011 that chooses a select group of representatives from NIU's College of Business, College of Education,...

Community remembers deceased education professor

By Kelly Bauer | January 17, 2012

Moses Mutuku, NIU College of Education professor and leader of the Kenya Literacy Project, died Sunday at Kishwaukee Hospital.Mutuku joined the College of Education in 2001. He also worked with the Kenya Literacy Project, which sought to improve daily...

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Ticket pick-ups for graduation ceremony commence

By Juliana Leprich | December 1, 2011

While many NIU students will gear up in hats and gloves next weekend, some students will don caps and gowns. NIU's graduate commencement ceremony will take place 4 p.m. Dec. 10. According to the Convocation website, the first undergraduate ceremony Dec....

NIU sees decline of graduate student enrollment

By Chelsey Boutan | September 21, 2011

The official 10th day enrollment count shows NIU continued a steady decline of graduate students. This year's graduate enrollment of 5,365 is lower than last year's 5,633. A steady decrease of graduate students started in 2003, when enrollment was 6,651....

Expo focuses on using technology in education

By Christopher Gibbs | April 10, 2011

DeKALB | Technology can greatly improve a teacher’s ability to help students learn, according to a technology expo sponsored by the NIU College of Education. The conference and expo was held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Holmes Student Center....

College of Education hosts Technology Conference

By Dave Gong | April 7, 2011

The College of Education will hold its third annual Technology Conference & Expo April 9 in the Holmes Student Center. The conference is titled "From the Classroom to the Boardroom" and will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. "The goal is to prepare the teachers...