Aaron Bannasch

Senior Instructional Technologist

  • ph:
    312-503-1097
  • e:
    aaron.bannasch@northwestern.edu
  • location:
    Chicago Campus
  • office hrs:
    M 9:30am - 4:30pm | T Virtual | W 9:00am-5:00pm | Th 8:30am-7:00pm | F 8:30am-4pm

I am a Senior Instructional Technologist at Northwestern School of Professional Studies and a part-time filmmaker. I gained an appreciation for technology, design, and learning while growing up near Detroit, where my parents and many of my extended family work in the automotive industry and local school systems. Summers were spent working in the wilderness of the Upper Peninsula, where I learned construction and outdoor survival skills. My propensity for creating things manually, combined with a passion for visual arts and communication, has led to a fulfilling career in multimedia storytelling, often developing experiences, environments, and interfaces that promote critical thinking and collaboration.

I have both a BA and an MS in Communications from Grand Valley State University. I currently reside in Edgewater with my wife and some exotic houseplants. I believe that challenging oneself is important to personal and professional growth and enjoy working on crazy projects with like-minded riffraff. I would also like to find a better thesaurus.

Posts by: Aaron Bannasch

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


Copying a Canvas Course with Panopto Videos

Use Panopto when You Want to Know More About How Students Watch Videos If you use video in your Canvas course, you might use Panopto to create or host your videos. Panopto videos are capable of showing detailed student interaction data. Get Better Video Analytics By Using Unique Videos Each Time You Teach Panopto video analytics are stored in Panopto forever, which means reusing Panopto videos that contain student discussion comments can be a privacy risk. For this reason, it is helpful to use separate instances of your Panopto videos every time your teach your course. If not, you may


Recording an Interview Over Blue Jeans

When teaching an asynchronous, online course it can be difficult to find a time for a guest speaker to appear in your course. A guest speaker can instead record a presentation or speech on their own and send a recording for use in your online course, or you can host an web conference to help facilitate a recording and capture a conversation between you and your guest. If you choose to facilitate a recording over web conference, read on for recommendations to make the process go as well as possible. However, web conference technology can limit the quality of a


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