TEACHx, Northwestern’s annual celebration of teaching and learning innovation, returns on Friday, May 19th. TEACHx is a day-long event in which thought leaders from across the University come together to share their insights gleaned from experiments in blended learning, the use of new technologies, and active learning spaces.
The program will be richer and deeper than last year’s first TEACHx event, with multiple tracks and presentations from instructors representing all twelve of Northwestern’s schools. Highlights of the day include two keynote presentations: the first by Jared Stein, VP of Research and Education at Instructure (the company powering Canvas), who will offer insights on Northwestern’s use of Canvas. The midday keynote will be delivered by Georgetown University Associate Professor Dr. Marcia Chatelain, a renowned scholar of History and African American Studies, who will discuss the use of social media as a tool for inclusive teaching.
TEACHx focuses on how best to teach our students. Using innovation and technology, our colleagues have developed new programs and tools to better engage our students, understand and assess their learning, and expand their technology literacy to prepare them for the future.
The TEACHx schedule emphasizes short presentations, hands-on sessions, workshops, and consultations. Interdisciplinary exchanges have led to exciting advances, as evidenced by the development of Northwestern’s Learning App suite.
Nick Marchuk, Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at the McCormick School of Engineering, commented on the value of TEACHx to the Northwestern community: “Instructors at Northwestern have come up with many creative new ways of using technology in the classroom. TEACHx is the best forum for us to share what we’ve done, evaluate the lessons learned, and find new ways to collaborate -- especially across disciplines that don't traditionally interact.”
TEACHx is free and open to anyone in the Northwestern community and beyond. Instructors and staff members who directly support teaching and learning are encouraged to attend. Registration is open now at http://www.teachx.northwestern.edu/join-us/.