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

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


New Equipment Arrives at the Distance Learning Studio

The Distance Learning Studio has received some equipment upgrades in time for Summer course development. If you have yet to record a video in the studio or would like to see how the studio can enhance your course contact distanteeducation@northwestern.edu and find out! The most significant upgrade has been to install a Sennheiser MKH 50 microphone (a popular broadcast TV microphone) in the studio. This microphone makes audio quality clearer and allows for flexibility in recording styles since its pickup pattern is more capable of capturing a moving subject or more than one subject, such as in a two-person interview


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


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