The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) provides support to faculty that would like assistance in course design, technique, and pedagogy enhancement. Each department has a CTL liaison to provide direct assistance to its faculty and walk-ins to the CTL are always welcome.

NMU EduCat™ is our Moodle-based learning management system. EduCat sites are not created automatically. If you want one for your face-to-face class or your online class, you need to complete an EduCat Course Request through your MyWeb faculty site. After receiving the EduCat request form the Center for Teaching and Learning will create the course shell for you.

Think about active learning as the opposite of passive learning. There are many ways you can include active learning in your courses, but they all rely on the intentional engagement of students. Student-centered active learning techniques have resulted in improved student understanding and improved student retention in the general student population and in underrepresented minorities. The CTL can help you with the techniques that are best for your classes.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is intended to protect the confidentiality of student records and to give students access to their records to assure the accuracy of their contents.

  • Posting grades publicly. Student grades cannot be posted publicly either by the student’s name, NMU IN, or social security number. The only way student grades can be posted publicly is if the student is given a temporary identifier which only applies to the current class they are enrolled in, is not tied in any way to their academic record, and is issued in a confidential manner.
  • Seeing graded assignments. Students should not be able to see one another’s assignments if there is any “personally identifiable” information on the assignment. For example, students going through a stack of graded assignments in search of their own is a violation of FERPA.
  • Sharing with parents. Such things as progress in a course, deficiencies in a subject area, scores and grades on papers or exams, and missing work are all part of the student’s educational record. You cannot share this information with a parent unless you have written authorization from the student to do so.
  • For more information about FERPA see the records section of the NMU Registrar's website

Sometimes a student’s financial aid or refund for withdrawal depends on the last date of attendance.  Verifying a student’s whereabouts can be supported by class attendance records, and if the student disputes a grade a semester after-the-fact, it can be helpful to know the attendance pattern. Students may also need to be officially excused from class for university-sponsored activities; refer to the NMU policy on Class Attendance.

Final grades are submitted electronically using the MyNMU system. Dates for submitting grades are in the Academic Calendar. The Registrar’s Office provides information on grading scales. Contact the Registrar for instructions on posting grades using MyNMU.