Author: Jackie Wickham


Student-to-Student Interaction in Online Courses

Having worked in online education for the past five years, I was intrigued by Darren Rosenblum’s recent New York Times article, “Leave Your Laptops at the Door to My Classroom.” While reading it, Rosenblum’s observation of a colleague’s course, where laptops were allowed, stood out to me: “[The students] took notes when [the professor] spoke, but resumed the rest of their lives instead of listening to classmates.” At the School of Professional Studies, we focus on student-to-student interaction as one of the three types of interaction, along with student-content and student-instructor, when designing courses. Rosenblum’s observation that students didn’t value


Take a Trip Beyond Google: November 2016 Online Learning Webinar

Northwestern University Librarians Charlotte Cubbage and Tracy Coyne joined us for November’s Online Learning Webinar,  Take A Trip Beyond Google: Support for Your Online Course Information and Research Needs. Tracy and Charlotte shared information about the library as well as tips and tricks for finding resources related to your program and course. If you couldn’t make the webinar, view the recording. SPS hosts Online Learning Webinars the first Wednesday of every month at noon. If you have a topic you’d like to see covered in an upcoming Online Learning Webinar, please contact Instructional Technologist Jackie Wickham.


What’s New in Canvas? – October 2016

Both Instructure (Canvas’ parent company) and Northwestern Information Technology are always making changes and improvements to Canvas – sometimes it can be hard to keep up! Keep reading to learn about some of the biggest and best new things in Canvas. Northwestern’s Learning App Store Northwestern Information Technology has launched the Learning App Store, an easy way to add learning apps developed at Northwestern to your Canvas course site. Currently, four apps are available in the Learning App Store: Nebula, Discussion Analytics, YellowDig Viz, and UDOIT, with more on the way! Nebula Since Nebula was first launched, it’s become much


Incorporating Current Events into Online Course Content

Because of Northwestern University’s quarter system, teaching the same course four times each year can start to feel repetitive! One way to keep your course up to date and interesting is to incorporate current events into your course content and facilitation. Current events can also be used to customize the course to each cohort’s interests and keep students up to date on the happenings in the field they want to work in. Below are four easy ways to incorporate current events into your online course. 1. Take advantage of the library’s E-Journal subscriptions. The library subscribes to 158,013 electronic journals!