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 Faculty Support Services (FSS) team. FSS 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 FSS 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 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 FSS 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 will be available starting in the Spring Quarter. 

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Project Examples / Current Fellows

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

Current Fellows for the 2016-2017 school year:

  • Jill Gerber School of Education and Social Policy
  • Nick Marchuk McCormick School of Engineering
  • Carol Beirne School of Professional Studies
  • Anne Marie Adams School of Communication
  • Amy Hauenstein School of Communication
  • Ana Williams Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences 
  • Donald Dale Kellogg School of Management 
  • Anna Diakow Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Michael Melbinger Pritzker School of Law
  • Uzoamaka Nzelibe Pritzker School of Law
  • Rebekah Stathakis School of Education and Social Policy
  • David Noffs School of Professional Studies
  • ​Alberto Cusi School of Professional Studies
  • Jiliana Enteen Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Paul Arntson School of Communication
  • Rifka Cook Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Benay Stein Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Charlene Blockinger School of Professional Studies
  • Jacob Leveton The Graduate School
  • Susan Piagentini Bienen School of Music
  • Ingrid Zeller Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dean DeBiase Kellogg School of Management
  • Tracy Hodgson Weinberg College or Arts and Sciences
  • Pamela Hinchman Bienen School of Music
  • Sunny Joy Langton Hall Bienen School of Music
  • Sureshi Jayawardene The Graduate School
  • Richard Lepine Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Denise Meuser Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Tasha Seago-Ramaly Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Tony Poidomani Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications


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 monthly 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 FSS staff.
  • Learning what students want their instructors to make available in Canvas.
  • Completing and presenting a project related to teaching with educational technology.
  • Discovering more about the types of learning experiences that students prefer.
  • Gaining access to resources regarding conferences, articles, web sites related to teaching with educational technology.
  • Consulting with the FSS team about publishing in the area of teaching with technology.

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

  • Attend the Kickoff Meeting, TEACHx (final showcase), and a majority of the eight other monthly meetings (September to April, excluding the December Networking Event). NOTE: This is a requirement.
  • Work with Faculty Support Services staff and peers to design and complete a teaching project during the academic year.
  • Actively participate in networking activities (December 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? 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!

Complete the application form. As part of the application, you will need to provide a short project summary about your project idea and goals, along with your experience with Canvas and other technology. If you don’t have a solid project idea already in mind, fill out the form with some ideas that you are interested in exploring or problems you hope to address through the program and we will contact you to assist in defining the project.

By applying, you are confirming your availability to fulfill the attendance requirement  (October kick-off meeting, three additional meetings throughout the academic year, TEACHx, and the December networking event).

Application Deadlines:

  • Applications for the 2017-2018 school year will be available starting in the Spring Quarter.