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.  Faculty from many of Northwestern’s schools and with varying levels of familiarity with educational technology tools meet regularly to explore how new tools or approaches might help them enhance their teaching.

Fellows complete a pedagogical experiment with the support of the Northwestern Information Technology Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT) team. TLT staff members 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 EdTech fellow? As a fellow, you will:

  • Attend meetings and events where you’ll see 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.

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. Applications for the 2017-2018 school year are now available. Please submit your application by September 26, 2017. 


Learn More

Project Examples & Current Fellows

Learn more by reading about the fellows’ projects from AY2015-2016

Fellows for the 2016-2017 school year:

  • Jill Gerber School of Education and Social Policy, "SESP 201 Video Library"
  • Nick Marchuk McCormick School of Engineering, "Blending Introduction to Mechatronics"
  • Carol Beirne School of Professional Studies, "Facilitating Online Discussion Threads"
  • Anne Marie Adams School of Communication, "MSC Capstone"
  • Amy Hauenstein School of Communication, "MSC Capstone"
  • Ana Williams Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, "Building a Progressive Homepage for Advanced Learners of Portuguese"
  • Donald Dale Kellogg School of Management, "Using Moblab to Facilitate Online Interaction"
  • Anna Diakow Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, "Interacting on Social Media with Spanish Grammar in Context"
  • Uzoamaka Nzelibe Pritzker School of Law, "How to Use Technology in a Live-Client Setting to Improve the Acquisition of Legal Skills"
  • Rebekah Stathakis School of Education and Social Policy, "Using Video to Enhance Teacher Preparation"
  • David Noffs School of Professional Studies, "Game on: Practical application of game elements in graduate online courses"
  • ​Alberto Cusi School of Professional Studies, "MUST: Memorizing Understand Synchronizing Tool"
  • Jiliana Enteen Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, "Building and Engaging and Immersive Course"
  • Paul Arntson School of Communication, "Hybrid Leadership and Collaborative Decision-Making"
  • Rifka Cook Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, "Gastronomy Culture Around the Latino-American World"
  • Benay Stein Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, "Video essays: A study in language, culture and art"
  • Charlene Blockinger School of Professional Studies, "Workplace Reality Theater: Diversity and Its Discontent"
  • Jacob Leveton The Graduate School, "Art History and Resistance"
  • Susan Piagentini Bienen School of Music, "Vocal Performance Assessment using ARC"
  • Ingrid Zeller Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, "Videoclips as Interactive Resources for Language Instruction"
  • Dean DeBiase Kellogg School of Management, "Video Loop"
  • Tracy Hodgson Weinberg College or Arts and Sciences, "Using Arc and Yellow Dig in a First Year Seminar"
  • Pamela Hinchman Bienen School of Music, "Recording In-Class Performances for Feedback"
  • Sunny Joy Langton Hall Bienen School of Music, "Recording In-Class Performances for Feedback"
  • Sureshi Jayawardene The Graduate School, "(Yellow)dig(gin’) Learning ‘bout Captivity and Bondage"
  • Richard Lepine Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, "African Studies Media and Teaching Archive"
  • Denise Meuser Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, "Curating German 203 using Canvas"
  • Tasha Seago-Ramaly Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, "Searching for Justice in a Marginalized World"
  • Tony Poidomani Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, "Outcomes and Assessments"

Benefits & Expectations

Our fellows will benefit by:

  • Receiving recognition from the University for their commitment to enhancing teaching and learning while taking advantage of effective technology.
  • Learning about innovative tools and techniques during our quarterly sessions.
  • Creating a network of like-minded peers who will support their activities in the future.
  • Experimenting in a safe and fully supported environment, with expanded opportunities for one-on-one consultations and assistance from the TLT team.
  • Learning what students want their instructors to make available in Canvas.
  • Completing and potentially presenting a project related to teaching with educational technology.
  • Discovering more about the types of learning experiences that students prefer.
  • Gaining access to resources related to teaching with educational technology, such as conference information, articles, and websites. 
  • Consulting with the TLT team about publishing in the area of teaching with technology.

The ETTF program will require a time commitment on the part of participants. Fellows will commit to:

  • Attend the Fall ETTF Kickoff Meeting, TEACHx 2018, and at least 2 of the 3 additional quarterly ETTF meetings (Winter, Spring, Summer). Note: This is a requirement.
  • Work with the Teaching and Learning Technologies team and your peers to design and complete a teaching project during the academic year.
  • Actively participate in networking activities (December Digital Learning Innovators Networking Event).
  • Act as an advocate for Canvas and the expanded use of educational technology on campus.

How to Apply to Join the Fellows

Are you enthusiastic about teaching with technology, willing to learn more about educational technologies, and interested in meeting others who share your interests? Do you have a problem that you think educational technology might be able to help you solve?

Then you have something to contribute to this group, no matter your expertise with technology!

To apply, complete the application form. As part of the application, you will need to provide a short summary about your project idea and goals, along with information about your experience with Canvas and other technology.

We welcome applicants from all campuses and all programs. Adjunct instructors are welcome to apply. Graduate students may apply if they are teaching their own course or with the approval of the primary instructor for the course they are TAing.

By applying, you are confirming your availability to fulfill the attendance requirement (Fall ETTF Kickoff Meeting, at least 2 of the 3 additional quarterly ETTF meetings (Winter, Spring, Summer), and TEACHx 2018).

Application & Deadline: