#TEACHx19 Recap

TEACHx, Northwestern’s annual celebration of experiments in teaching and learning through technology, returned to the Norris University Center May 22-23 for a packed day and a half of inspiring presentations and insightful discussion focusing on this year’s theme of student-centered learning. This year’s conference was the most successful yet, bringing in 332 instructors and learning technologists from all 12 Northwestern schools and 28 national institutions!

Missed out on the fun? Check out our recap below:

At a Glance

TEACHx recap


Day 1 kicked off with two 90-minute workshop sessions where attendees could try their hand at a number of new tools and techniques. 

The Big Day

Carrying inspiration from their workshops, the TEACHx conference kicked off in earnest with a lively digital poster session. 

Then the moment everyone was waiting for arrived – the keynote address by Dr. Ruha Benjamin, a professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and the author of People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier and the forthcoming Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code. Her talk, “Classrooms as Labs for Social Change: Reimagining the Default Settings of Education,” explored the social dimensions of innovation, equity, health, and justice.

Following the keynote, I was extremely lucky to have the opportunity to interview Dr. Benjamin for the Digital Learning Podcast. Listen to our conversation below:


Breakout sessions tackled pressing challenges for instructors and technologists, while finding space to incorporate more creativity and fun.

The conference wrapped up with No Brainer – a riff on a few of your favorite games with a teaching and learning spin.

One of the attendees summed up the message of the day:

Join us again in 2020!