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

Using Panopto for Student Video Assignments

Some online courses use video not only for instructor created content but also for student assignment deliverables. Arc had been a video platform that made it easy for students to add a video to Canvas, either by posting it as a discussion reply or uploading it as an assignment. Since the pilot for Arc is coming to an end, Panopto is now being recommended as a video hosting platform for both instructor and student videos. If students are going to be creating videos in your course, this guide can be used in addition to your assignment instructions to help students


2018-2019 Web Conferencing Text for Syllabus

Choose one of the groups of text below to copy and paste into your syllabus. Blue Jeans We will use BlueJeans for optional synchronous meetings. The Northwestern IT YouTube channel on Blue Jeans Video conferencing and the Canvas Learning Center BlueJeans page provide additional guidance for using BlueJeans. The Blue Jeans Privacy Policy and the Accessibility Features on BlueJeans are also available. WebEx We will use WebEx for optional synchronous meetings. The Cisco WebEx Support Page provides additional guidance for using WebEx. The WebEx Privacy Policy and the Accessibility Features on WebEx are also available. Big Blue Button We will


Web Conferencing Options for the 2018-19 Academic Year

With the Fall 2018 quarter approaching you should begin checking if your web conferencing software is up to date and familiarizing yourself with any changes that may have occurred since you last taught an online course. If you regularly rely on BlueJeans you can continue to do so, although it always helps to do a quick check to make sure you have your technology configured to your liking. Launch the BlueJeans app to check for updates and test your audio and video. If BlueJeans hasn’t been your preferred web conferencing solution, or you would like to explore other options, use


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