Northwestern's Next Normal

Next Normal

What does the "next normal" look like at Northwestern? An ongoing series from the Teaching & Learning Technologies team in Northwestern IT looks at the intersection of pedagogy, technology, and the student experience in an ever-changing educational landscape. New articles are published each month with helpful how-to content for instructors interested in implementing any of the suggested techniques.  

Who is Dr. Roberts?

The protagonist of the Next Normal, Dr. Roberts, is a fictional character meant to represent an amalgamation of experiences from instructors across Northwestern. While she herself is not real, the scenarios addressed in the stories of the Next Normal are a realistic depiction of situations that are regularly faced by many instructors in today's complex educational landscape. 

Remote office hours

Questions outside of class are no longer confined to set times in a specific location.

Discussions outside of class no longer need to be confined to set times or a specific location. 

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Plan for the unexpected when setting course policies around attendance, deadlines, and grading.

Plan for the unexpected when setting course policies around attendance, deadlines, and grading. 

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Creation of short, topical videos to address lingering questions from class.

Creation of short, topical videos to address lingering questions from class. 

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Lecture Recordings

Lecture recordings provide a great resource for students to review content in advance of an exam and largely do not affect in-class attendance.

Lecture recordings provide a great resource for students to review content in advance of an exam and largely do not affect in-class attendance.

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Chat in the Classroom

Bring a digital communications backchannel into in-person classes.

Bring a digital communications backchannel into in-person classes.

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Recording Class

Key considerations when evaluating whether or not to record your in-person classes.

Key considerations when evaluating whether or not to record your in-person classes. 

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Course Stucture

Analyze the structure and content of the courses you teach.

Analyze the structure and content of the courses you teach.

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Insights from faculty members across various schools and disciplines on teaching in a new and evolving reality.

12-part series of faculty-to-faculty insights from members across various schools and disciplines on practical and actionable tips, best practices, and solutions for teaching in a new and evolving reality.

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