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New Equipment Arrives at the Distance Learning Studio

The Distance Learning Studio has received some equipment upgrades in time for Summer course development. If you have yet to record a video in the studio or would like to see how the studio can enhance your course contact distanteeducation@northwestern.edu and find out! The most significant upgrade has been to install a Sennheiser MKH 50 microphone (a popular broadcast TV microphone) in the studio. This microphone makes audio quality clearer and allows for flexibility in recording styles since its pickup pattern is more capable of capturing a moving subject or more than one subject, such as in a two-person interview


Planning Media for Your Course – April 2018 Online Learning Webinar

Instructional Technologists Aaron Bannasch hosted the April Online Learning Webinar to demonstrate ways to plan to create media for your course. If you have a question about creating media for your course, contact distanceeducation@northwestern.edu. The text outline for the webinar is provided in this post and you can view the archive of the webinar by visiting the Blue Jeans recording. Before you begin Creating something new, even if it is only partly new, is a process. If all you want is something that is already fully formed, and that thing already exists elsewhere, there may not be a reason to


Register for TEACHx 2018

Northwestern’s annual TEACHx conference showcases ways that instructors are experimenting with new approaches to teaching and learning. Join this thoughtful conversation from across the University as instructors share their insights gleaned from experiments in blended and online learning as well as the use of technologies to enhance student engagement and learning. This year’s keynote speaker is physicist and Olin College founding faculty member Dr. Yevgeniya V. Zastavker. Join her as she shares her journey of learning, unlearning, and relearning, and as she ultimately imagines a new, collaborative, and engaging educational paradigm. Dr. Zastavker will be helping us consider how we


How (and Why!) to Write a Pre-Course Survey or Questionnaire

Introduction Have you ever wished that you knew a little more about your students, beyond what is shared in an introduction discussion? Have you ever hoped that students might take a moment to reflect on success strategies before your course begins? Would you like to be certain that students have reviewed the materials needed to get started in your class? If so, a pre-course survey or questionnaire may be just the way to get started in your online or hybrid class. Check out three different types of pre-course surveys and questionnaires, including rationale, approaches, and question types, Learning About Your