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September 2018


Dear Adjunct Colleagues,

The Office of Learning Support moved under the Academic Advising Center earlier this summer to help deliver embedded, strategic support for students in all course formats. Our department aims to collaborate actively with faculty to support student learning. To begin this collaboration, we would like to highlight the resources we provide.

Learning Specialists are subject experts (in writing, math, and science) who specialize in providing academic support for a variety of learners. Students can schedule tutoring sessions with Learning Specialists in person, online, or over the phone. Learning Specialists can also assist students with non-cognitive skills, such as organization, time management, and growth mindset.

Our updated website includes several useful resources for students. Here students can find instructions for accessing Grammarly, an online grammar checking tool, to receive immediate feedback on their writing. For in-depth feedback, students can use the Drop Off Essay review to receive personalized feedback from a Writing Specialist within 2-3 business days. For ADA accommodations, students can submit a request for accommodation form directly on the Learning Support website.

Faculty can refer students to Learning Support directly through EAB. Please raise the “Referral to Learning Support” alert in this case and provide as much information as possible. Once the referral is raised, a Learning Specialist will contact the student to schedule additional academic support. Faculty can expect to receive regular updates from the assigned Learning Specialist via email and EAB.

We are eager to work closely with faculty next year. Our partnership will help provide students with the resources they need to persevere in their education. If you have any questions or would like to discuss how we can support your course, please contact Reece McDevitt, Learning Support Manager, or Courtney Bondi, Executive Director of Advising & Learning Support.


The Learning Support Team

Upcoming Dates
9/17/18   Fall Terms Begins 
9/18/18  D2L Training in Kendall Campus 10am – 2pm Room 423
9/19/18 LISLE - D2L Open Lab Support Session 10am – 2pm TBA
9/20/18 CH - D2L Open Lab Support Session Computer Lab 4036 1pm – 4pm
9/23/18 Last Day to add/drop classes
9/24/18 WH - D2L Open Lab Support Session Computer Lab 331 1pm – 4pm
9/25/18 NS - D2L Open Lab Support Session Computer Lab 627 1pm – 4pm
9/27/18 CH - D2L Open Lab Support Session Computer Lab 4036 1pm – 4pm

For more dates visit

News You Can Use

Message from CPSA:

  • Please confirm with your Chair if you should be using an NLU-provided Course Template before loading something you have taught before.  The majority of our courses now have templates, so be sure to check on this.

  • Need a guide for full Course Preparation?  Click HERE

  • Please ensure your Gradebook settings are set to the following:

  • Allowing students to see their grades throughout the term.

  • Not defaulting to “0” for assignments not turned in.

  • Directions in CPSA Faculty Development Course, HERE

  • Please remember to use EAB to keep in touch with our Advisors about student performance.  Your first opportunity is to fill out the EAB Progress Report (replacing the Starfish Attendance Survey) by Friday of Week 2 to inform Financial Aid of your student’s statuses – please do not create a report for this, simply click on the link in your EAB portalThis is required even if all of your students have attended.  Please mark a student as attended if they have, a) attended in-person, b) turned in a gradeable assignment, and/or c) participated in a synchronous session that was/is assigned in the course.

  • Questions about obtaining a textbook, inclement weather cancellations, and other FAQs?  Click HERE!

  • Grades are due 10 days from the last day of class.

    Please keep in mind our NLU 10 Principles of Online Teaching as you go about working with your students this term – they are attached.

    Our focus this term is on engaging and intentional Online Discussion facilitation through the week and on providing meaningful and helpful student feedback. Please let us know if you need ideas and resources!

Course Readiness in D2L for Fall Quarter 2018 for NCE:

Courses should be fully ready for students in D2L by Monday, September 3, which is two weeks in advance of the Fall Quarter that starts on Monday, September 17.

View 2018-2019 Academic Calendar Here

1. Upload your up-to-date syllabus to your active D2L course shell.

2. Email your syllabus to

For assistance in getting your course ready in D2L, please contact Learning and Information Technology Services (LITS).  Their contact information and helpful resources can be found at:

Video: Making Your Course Active/Inactive (1:39)

PDF: Make Your Course Active

Upcoming Events

Fall Intership and Job Expo

Please share with your students and encourage them to attend the Fall Internship and Job Expo to get your foot in the door! Connect with employers from all fields. You can share this flyer with them: Fall Internships and Job Expo

They must dress to impress and bring copies of their resume. They can register on Hadnshake to attend:

Wednesday October 17th, 2018
1 pm – 4 pm
122 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago Campus
Located in the Atrium on the 2nd Floor
Sponsored by the Career Bridge

Adjunct Council Meeting Date

The NLU Adjunct Council meets the second Thursday of every month via Zoom video conferencing.  The meetings are open to all and you are welcome to attend.  The next meeting will be held on Thursday, October 11th, 2018, from 3:45 to 5:00 pm. If you would like to receive the Zoom meeting link, please email Raquel Garcia or Nancy Hekkema.

Adjunct Spotlight

Ryan Bartelmay joined NLU as a Vice Provost on August 6, 2018. Formerly, he was the Acting Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of General Education and Student Learning at Kendall College. He spent over twelve years at Kendall and began his time at the college teaching English composition and literature courses. At Kendall, he led multiple cross-departmental projects, most recently the college’s general education reform – a two-year project resulting in a core program of 12 interdisciplinary courses arranged into thematic clusters. The program was presented and applauded at the Association of General and Liberal Studies annual conference in 2017.

Ryan also writes fiction and has published numerous short stories in various literary journals. His story, “All This Flatness,” won the Boulevard’s Emerging Writers Prize in 2006, and he published his debut novel, “Onward Toward What We’re Going Toward,” in 2013.

Ryan is currently working on his doctorate in education at the University of Illinois in Learning Design and Leadership. He is finishing up his coursework and considering a dissertation project that examines the impact of college students’ social capital on outcomes. He lives in Andersonville with his wife, Rene, and two daughters, Vivian (7 years old) and Audrey (4 years old) – who may or may not be named after Golden Age Hollywood actresses. When not on campus, you can find him chasing after his kids at some local park or beach or shuttling them to an organized activity – swimming, gymnastics, softball, etc. Most nights, after the kids are tucked in bed, he is tinkering on a writing or doctoral project or sitting on the porch with his wife, sipping a beer and listening to the Cubs on the radio.

If you would like to showcase your work email us a short description of your work by the 15th of the month end of business day to  We look forward to sharing your work with the NLU Community.

Useful Links

Adjunct Council

Adjunct Handbook

Adjunct Orientation

Student Guidebook

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