Faculty Support Services (FSS) recently launched the second year of our Educational Technology Teaching Fellows program. This year we have 30 fellows in the program and participation from 10 of Northwestern’s schools.
Educational Technology Teaching Fellows are Northwestern instructors who want to use technology to advance teaching and learning in their course or department. Each fellow is paired with a consultant in FSS who will help expose them to new technologies, trends, and pedagogy. At our October kickoff meeting, we introduced the fellows to a range of technologies that they might find useful. Tech roundtables were hosted by other Northwestern faculty and featured tools like Yellowdig, the famous lightboard, the One Button Studio, clickers, Blue Jeans, and Arc.
There is a wide variety in this year’s group, with projects ranging from blended (or “flipped”) classrooms to gamification. One instructor plans on utilizing Blue Jeans, the university’s new videoconferencing tool, to hold interviews with chefs in Latin America for her gastronomy and culture class. Another instructor plans to use student video for vocal performance critiques. More than one instructor will have their students create virtual museums of curated information.
In May 2017, we’ll learn more about the progress of these exciting projects at our TEACHx conference. We hope to see you there!