Join Our Teaching & Learning Communities

Posted August 1, 2016 by Heather S. Haseley

Learning Communities at Northwestern

Northwestern IT Services and Support's Teaching and Learning Technologies team supports creativity and innovation in teaching and learning through the incorporation of Canvas and other educational technologies as an integral part of the educational experience at Northwestern University.

To this end, we are currently looking for instructors to join our learning innovations communities for the upcoming academic year. Learn more about these exciting programs below or at our website.

Educational Technology Teaching Fellows

The Educational Technology Teaching Fellows (ETTF) at Northwestern University is a collaborative group of like-minded instructors dedicated to exploring blended learning opportunities using Canvas. Faculty from many of Northwestern’s schools and with varying levels of familiarity with educational technology tools meet monthly to explore how new tools or approaches might help them enhance their teaching.

Fellows complete a pedagogical experiment with the support of the Northwestern IT Services and Support's Teaching and Learning Technologies team (TLT). TLT support staff will collaborate with faculty as they try out innovations in their teaching. Each faculty member or group of faculty will have his or her own dedicated TLT mentor and receive personalized help.

What is involved in being an ETTF fellow? As a fellow you will:
  • Attend monthly meetings where you’ll hear experts demonstrate new educational technologies or talk about new classroom teaching strategies.
  • Collaborate with other fellows, engaging in meaningful interdisciplinary exchanges.
  • Work on your project, benefiting from one-on-one help from your TLT mentor.
  • Possibly present at the annual TEACHx event at the end of the academic year.
  • Shape the nature of the agenda, by suggesting topics you want to know more about.
  • Want to learn more? Find sample projects, as well as the benefits, expectations, and calendar of events on our website.
Application Deadlines:

August 15, 2016 – Applications without a defined project and early review deadline

September 23, 2016 – Final application deadline

Interested faculty must complete an application and propose a project, challenge, or experiment in which educational technology or blended or active learning techniques are part of the solution.

Experimental Teaching & Learning Analytics at Northwestern

Experimental Teaching and Learning Analytics at Northwestern (ETLAN) is a group of faculty, staff, and graduate students who share an interest in teaching and learning analytics.

Over the course of the 2016-2017 academic year, the ETLAN members will have the opportunity to participate in:
  • Analytics Leadership Seminars designed to expand expertise in the use of data to improve learning and teaching.
  • Speaker Series on topics suggested by members surrounding teaching and learning analytics.
  • Reading of the One Book, One Northwestern selection The Signal and The Noise by Nate Silver as a group. The group will discuss the book and participate in the larger campus conversations about data and its uses.
  • Dedicated project work on teaching and learning analytics. These projects may focus on a single class, a sequence of classes, or on a program. Each project will be fostered by a staff member from Northwestern IT Services and Support. Members with a completed project may be invited to present at the 2017 TEACHx at the end of the academic year.
  • Open, informal drop-in hours once a month. Open to all, the office hours will be a place to try out new project ideas, spark innovation, and think through presentations of teaching and learning analytics.

Interested in learning more? Check out our website.

Want to join? Fill out our interest form.

Have a project you want to explore? Fill out out project proposal form.