Experimental Teaching and Learning Analytics Workgroup

Experimental Teaching and Learning Analytics at Northwestern (ETLAN) is a group of faculty, staff, and graduate students who share an interest in teaching and learning analytics.

Over the course of the 2017-2018 academic year, the ETLAN members will participate in the projects listed below. 

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Analytics Leadership Seminars

Analytics Leadership Seminars are designed to expand expertise in the use of data to improve learning and teaching. ETLAN members will meet at least once per quarter. At these quarterly meetings, members will share their analytics interests, goals, and use of specific methods, resources, and data. Meetings will spawn and serve as a testing ground for new learning analytics projects as well as bring to light interesting developments in the field.

Speaker Series

In consultation with continuing and new members of ETLAN, the group will arrange for speakers on the topic of teaching and learning analytics. Speakers will be asked to address the group privately; if appropriate, they may give a separate talk for a more general audience. ETLAN members will have a chance to discuss speakers’ remarks during the seminars.

Register Now for Upcoming Brownbag and Hands-on Session!

Developing a Mastery Learning Curriculum
William C. McGaghie, David Salzman, Jeffrey H. Barsuk, Walter Eppich | Northwestern  University Feinberg School of Medicine
​October 13, 2017 from 12 to 2 p.m.

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Make It Stick: A “Tool-Kit” for Teachers to Improve Student Learning and Retention
Mark McDaniel | Washington University
October 24, 2017 from 12 to 1 p.m.

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Learning Sticks When Students Work Together: Fundamentals of Active and Collaborative Learning
Bennett Goldberg | Northwestern University Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching
November 9, 2017 from 12 to 1 p.m.


Mei Ling Hopgood | Northwestern University Medill IMC
Winter 2018 (TBD)

Dedicated Project Work

Faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited to propose teaching and learning analytics projects. These may focus on a single class, a sequence of classes, or on a program. For reference, projects from the 2015-2016 ETLAN cohort may be found here. Projects should be described in this form.  

Each project will be fostered by a dedicated staff member from Northwestern IT’s Teaching and Learning Technologies. The staff will provide guidance and help the ETLAN member explore the data available, in addition to providing programming expertise.

Completed projects may be featured on Northwestern’s Digital Learning website; newly developed tools may be incorporated into Canvas. Members with a project may be invited to present at the 2018 TEACHx at the end of the academic year. 

Informal Drop-in Hours

ETLAN members and staff from Northwestern IT Teaching and Learning Technologies will host open, informal drop-in hours once a month. Open to all, the office hours will be a place to try out new project ideas, spark innovation, and think through presentations of teaching and learning analytics.

How to Apply to Join