Aaron Bannasch

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 an 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, our Betta fish, 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

Documenting the Course Development Process

Recently, the Big 10 Academic Alliance conference invited School of Professional Studies and the Office of Distance Learning representatives to share highlights about our online course development process. The conference organizers asked for the presentations to be delivered as recorded videos that were viewed online by a small audience before the conference and discussed during a meeting during the conference. To keep the production of the video presentations simple and efficient we repurposed some existing materials when possible. The segments of the video that made use of existing material, such as previously recorded videos, graphics templates, or outlines from other


Scripts, Images, Action!: Creating Quality Videos for MUS 370

About the course revision process The MUSEUM 370 – Museum Origins and Issues course is one of three courses in the Museum Studies Online Certificate Program and the first to undergo a revision process. The revision of MUSEUM 370 included conversion of lecture content into combination of rich content pages, audio podcasts, and weekly overview videos hosted by the course instructor. Consistent use of visual aids to add value to weekly roadmap pages One of the goals of the improved information architecture of the course site included using consistent visual communication to provide reinforce the context of the course topics


Lighting Techniques for Webcam Lecture Recordings

Have you ever wondered how the photos on social media look so glamorous? Even the most self-produced “selfies” typically have a lot of effort put into them that may not be apparent in the seemingly effortless final product. In addition to the positioning of the camera lens and subject, using makeup, photographic filters, and editing software, the lighting is a big factor in the quality of an image. The How To Guides section of the Distance Learning website has some tips for lighting for video recordings. This blog post will explain a few cinematography concepts that can make anyone look


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