This workshop series is a partnership between Media & Technology Innovation, Northwestern University Libraries, and Northwestern Information Technology.
Have you taken our two introductory workshops and want to continue building your digital learning toolkit as an instructor? Teaching & Learning Technologies offers an Advanced Digital Learning Instructor Certificate program. Each quarter, we will offer three advanced workshops that provide insights and experience in key areas of digital learning. Once you have completed all three workshops, you will receive an Advanced Digital Learning Certificate from Teaching & Learning Technologies.
The workshops included in the series are:
Reducing Course Costs with Open Educational Resources
Open Educational Resources (OER) are free teaching and learning materials that allow instructors to modify, adapt, and reuse content for academic purposes. Traditional copyright and licensing practices for commercial textbooks introduce access barriers for students and limit the ways in which instructors can distribute and use the material. Studies have shown that as high as 60% of students report being unable to purchase a required textbook because of the cost, limiting their ability to fully participate in the course. Using OER guarantees that students have access to their required readings on the first day of class.
In this workshop, attendees will:
- Gain fluency in defining Open Educational Resources, and see OER as an alternative to traditional textbooks for their courses.
- Identify recommended resources for finding and using OER within their disciplines.
- Understand the differences between licensed e-books, course reserves, and OER.
- Connect with librarians who can partner with them to explore alternative course materials using OER and library materials.
Creating Pedagogically Sound Videos
Have you considered adding video content to your courses but are not sure where to start? Or have you tried, and it took too long or wasn't useful to your students?
This hands-on workshop includes a brief discussion about basic video production principles and both why and when to create video content for courses. Attendees will then have the opportunity to practice with easy-to-use recording and editing tools.
Creating an Engaging Classroom: Implementing Active Learning Techniques
In this session, you will learn what active learning is, how to develop and deploy active learning techniques for the classroom, and what considerations lead to successfully implementing active learning techniques. You'll leave the session with a deck of active learning resources and a plan to implement best techniques for your class.
No laptop necessary, this is a hands-on workshop and all skill levels are welcome.
Imagine that the process of designing a course is like building a house, the course map serves as the blueprint used for construction. This workshop guides you through the components that will flesh out the course (the learning activities and assessments) along with the bones that the course will be built upon (the topics and learning objectives).