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 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 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 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 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 are now available. Please submit your application by September 26, 2017.
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 FSS 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 FSS 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 Faculty Support Services 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).