Join the Educational Technology Teaching Fellows

Applications to join the 2018-2019 cohort of Northwestern's Educational Technology Teaching Fellows (ETTF) are now being accepted. The deadline to submit is October 5, 2018. 


ETTF 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 throughout the year to explore how new tools or approaches might help them enhance their teaching.

Fellows complete a pedagogical experiment with the support of the Northwestern IT Services and Support, Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT) team. TLT staff members 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. A brief 10-15 minute web conference interview will be part of the application process.

New for 2018-2019

Fellows will be placed into small working groups based on project type. Please be sure to choose the group that best relates to your proposed ETTF project when applying:

  • New Course Development: This track is for instructors teaching a new course and will help them incorporate blended and digital components into the curriculum. 
  • Course Redesign/Blended Learning: This track is ideal for instructors who want to refresh their course, take components online, flip their classroom, or incorporate digital learning tools. 
  • Active Learning Strategies: Make a more productive use of your learning space by incorporating active learning strategies into your classroom environment.  
  • Alternative Assessment Strategies: Go beyond traditional papers and exams and incorporate real-world, interactive, and engaging assessments. Past examples have included podcasts, virtual museums, web portfolios, and video projects. 
  • Amazon Alexa in the Classroom: Instructors will bring a provided Amazon Echo Dot to class and encourage students to interact with it.
  • App Development: Are you currently creating or conceptualizing a new app to add to your teaching toolkit? This track will support a small group of instructors in the app development process. 

Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are now open.