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
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Share your ideas! Do you have a teaching innovation that you would like to share with the Northwestern community? TEACHx is a showcase of experiments in teaching and learning—a conference attended by instructors and staff from a wide array of disciplines which is held each spring. This year, TEACHx takes place on the Chicago campus on May 23,, 2018. The organizers are looking for proposals, so if you have an idea that you’d like to share, please consider submitting a proposal by the March 16th deadline. This year’s organizers are looking for sessions that focus on inclusive teaching and student
Each year, Northwestern’s Office of Change Management hosts the Best Practices Forum, a one-day conference in which a wide range of faculty and staff present their recent successes in order to provoke positive change across the university. The event promotes collaboration between departments, and Provost Daniel Linzer provided a great illustration of that in his opening address, calling Northwestern a “uni—one—versity.” Content Editor Christine Scherer and Learning Designer Krissy Wilson attended the 2016 Best Practices Forum as representatives for the School of Professional Studies Distance Learning group, and identified these Top 5 Best Practices for online course developers and instructors.
A new recording studio will soon open in Abbott Hall. The SPS DL Video Recording Studio provides a space for recording high quality video and audio for use in SPS programs. Request to visit the space using the SPS DL Video Recording Studio Request Form or go to the DL Studio Page to learn more. Highlights of the studio include: High quality HD video and audio production Assistance from SPS DL staff in planning, making, and sharing your video. Convenient Chicago location in Abbott Hall with additional meeting spaces for collaboration, preparation, and rehearsal (we have free coffee, too!) Modern aesthetics
On August 31, 2015, Northwestern University will no longer use or access Blackboard. In SPS, all online courses have been migrated to Canvas as of Summer Quarter 2015, but individual instructors may still have information in their archived Blackboard course sites. NUIT has provided guides for how to back up information from a Blackboard course, as well as how to create a record of a full course site. NUIT’s Canvas site explains how to save this information. Follow the steps for Saving Course Files if you just want to preserve individual course assets, such as readings or handouts. If you