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Northwestern Information Teaching and Learning Technologies offers a number of opportunities to compliment and extend the capabilities of your Canvas courses with supported apps and digital tools.
See the list below for some of the programs available to use in your Canvas courses today. Please note that these tools are only the ones which are available across all Northwestern schools. Your individual school's IT department will have a more comprehensive list which will include school-specific licenses.
If you're interested in something not listed below, send us an email. We're always happy to help.
Starting Points for Improving Access to Course Materials
Northwestern students are expected to budget upwards of $1,600 per year for books and supplies. These costs vary by discipline and can negatively affect academic performance, especially students from low or middle income backgrounds. While scholarships, grants, and loans help tuition and housing, textbooks and supplies tend to fall directly within the student’s family or individual contribution, causing disparity within the classroom.
To raise awareness of this issue and support faculty and instructors throughout the process of addressing course costs, Affordable Instructional Resources (AIR) is a network of Northwestern faculty and staff interested in reducing or eliminating supplemental costs associated with required textbooks, course packets, access codes, equipment, and software.
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Three things to note:
This is the more comprehensive resource—it addresses online video directly. Note that some of the descriptions are vague: “X may be fair use sometimes.” While that may be true, faculty still need to consider whether fair use applies the same way in their case.
While this brochure is a bit older, the principles it outlines are still solid: promotion of linking, public domain materials, fair use, and Creative Commons materials are all still great strategies. Note that the uses it covers are a bit broader than strictly online video.
Please send us an email. We're always happy to help.
Coordinating multiple graders while ensuring grading consistency and timely, helpful feedback can be challenging in large courses.