Opportunities in Teaching and Learning Explored at TEACHx

On Monday, May 16, we presented TEACHx, a new annual event promoting experiments in teaching and learning. Instructors from across the university highlighted the approaches, techniques, and tools they used in educational technology projects they developed over the course of the academic year.

The one-day program was a collaboration with the Office of the Provost and the Searle Center for Advancing Learning & Teaching and was held at Norris University Center.

If you attended TEACHx and haven’t already completed the survey about your experience, we would love to hear your opinion.

If you were unable to attend, here’s a look at what you missed.

29 Pedagogical Projects

Instructor projects covered much of the digital learning landscape, including flipped learning, rubrics, self-directed goal-setting, blended learning techniques, online community building, peer and self-assessments, learning analytics and data visualization, strategic use of assessments, custom mobile apps, massive open online courses, and video assignments. Twenty projects were presented as lightning talks, limited to ten minutes and followed by group Q-and-A sessions. The other nine projects were presented as digital posters. Take some time to review all the project descriptions from TEACHx 2016.

More Than Just Canvas

As you would expect, many of these projects were built upon Canvas. But folks also showcased other tools and technologies in the context of their projects, including Arc, Articulate Storyline, Mediasite, MOOCs, Nebula, One Button Studio, Piazza, Trello, wearable cameras, Yellowdig, and Zaption.

More Than Just Talk

We also wanted attendees to have some hands-on fun, so we featured new gadgets at a Technology Petting Zoo, which even included a portable version of Michael Peshkin and Alex Birdwell’s lightboard. During lunch, we assembled a student panel to connect instructors with the rarely presented undergraduate perspective on technology use inside and outside of the classroom.

Join Us for 2016-2017

If your interest is piqued, now’s a great time to get connected with the resources you need to join a community of teaching and learning innovators in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Information and applications are now available for the Educational Technology Teaching Fellows and the Experimental Teaching and Learning Analytics at Northwestern workgroup. Additional information about our digital learning communities and funding opportunities more broadly can be found on the Digital Learning website.

If you just want to bounce ideas off someone in Northwestern Information Technology Faculty Support Services, feel free to reach out to us at canvas@northwestern.edu, and we’d be happy to discuss your ideas and interests.