Tag: NU resources

Top 5 Best Practices from #BPF2016

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.


Announcing the SPS DL Video Recording Studio

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


Saying Goodbye to Blackboard

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


Discover NUSearch at Northwestern University Library

Northwestern University Library has launched NUSearch, a “library resource discovery system” that replaced the previous electronic catalog, NUCat. For the last year, the two systems have run in parallel, with both available to the Northwestern community. But in July, NUCat will be officially retired. With the final transition to the new system only weeks away, it’s important for users to be familiar with all that NUSearch has to offer. NUSearch allows for users to search for information in almost the entire Northwestern collection. In addition to searching through available books, audio and video recordings, digital archives, and images, NUSearch is


Distance Learning Librarian Interview

Northwestern University has a vast library system, one that can seem overwhelming to students and faculty alike. Librarians are available to help navigate the NU libraries, and there’s a librarian who is dedicated to working with online faculty and students. Tracy Coyne fills this role as the current Distance Learning Librarian at Schaffner Library, where she has worked for over two years. We asked Tracy a few questions about her role as DL Librarian and the services and supports she provides.   SPS Distance Learning: Can you broadly describe what the Distance Learning Librarian does? TC: Overall, I am here