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Planning Media for Your Course – April 2018 Online Learning Webinar

Instructional Technologists Aaron Bannasch hosted the April Online Learning Webinar to demonstrate ways to plan to create media for your course. If you have a question about creating media for your course, contact distanceeducation@northwestern.edu. The text outline for the webinar is provided in this post and you can view the archive of the webinar by visiting the Blue Jeans recording. Before you begin Creating something new, even if it is only partly new, is a process. If all you want is something that is already fully formed, and that thing already exists elsewhere, there may not be a reason to


Register for TEACHx 2018

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


How (and Why!) to Write a Pre-Course Survey or Questionnaire

Introduction Have you ever wished that you knew a little more about your students, beyond what is shared in an introduction discussion? Have you ever hoped that students might take a moment to reflect on success strategies before your course begins? Would you like to be certain that students have reviewed the materials needed to get started in your class? If so, a pre-course survey or questionnaire may be just the way to get started in your online or hybrid class. Check out three different types of pre-course surveys and questionnaires, including rationale, approaches, and question types, Learning About Your


Creating Community in the Online Classroom

On Thursday, March 15th, I attended Dr. Lisa Cravens-Brown’s TeachXperts presentation, “Creating Community in the Classroom.” Although Dr. Cravens-Brown’s presentation focused on physical spaces, I was curious if some of her ideas could also apply to online learning; and was delighted to discover that they did. Dr. Cravens-Brown began her presentation by sharing two main concepts from research on community building in education. First, a sense of belonging to a community positively impacts several variables in education: task persistence, motivation, course success, and perception of the instructor. Second, environments influence perception – the structure of the classroom sends students a


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