Instructional Technology Resources

School of Education & Social Policy, Northwestern University

EdTech @ SESP

There are a variety of instructional technology services offered to SESP faculty and staff, including: Canvas course design and training, training for use of the “smart classrooms,” hybrid/online course design and support, and the exploration of new technology tools for your curriculum.

This site is intended to be a source of reference, as well as offer some inspiration for incorporating technology into your teaching practices. If you see something that sparks your interest and want to learn more, you can request a one-on-one consultation by submitting a request here.

Featured Content

Quizzes for Formative Assessment

Read about how SESP faculty are using self-grading quizzes in Canvas to provide students with opportunities to test their understanding.

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Qualtrics

Learn more about Qualtrics survey software, now available to all SESP faculty, students, and staff.

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Anonymous ("Blind") Grading

Enable anonymous grading in the Canvas SpeedGrader to reduce bias in student assessment.
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Classroom Guides

Are you teaching in a new classroom this quarter? Check out our Classroom Guides to learn more about the Annenberg Smart Classrooms.
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Featured Tools

Discover how some of these SESP-supported tools can be used in your course(s).

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Upcoming Events

Mar 27 - (Virtual) Introduction to Canvas

Monday, March 27
12-1pm
http://nwuniversity.adobeconnect.com/canvastraining

Build your Canvas course with confidence! This workshop provides an overview of the basic features, dynamic tools, and functionality of Canvas to allow you to build and support engaging courses.

Registration Required

Mar 28 - Get Social: Add Yellowdig to Your Course

Tuesday, March 28
12-1pm
University Library, Room 2635

Encourage your students to engage in a new way with the concepts that they are learning in your course. Yellowdig is a Facebook-like platform that can reside right in your Canvas course. Students can share links to articles, videos and more and then comment and debate about the shared content. Join us to learn if Yellowdig is right for you and how to set it up in your course.

Registration Required

Mar 29 - Introduction to Canvas

Wednesday, March 29
9:30-11am
University Library, Room 2635

Build your Canvas course with confidence! This workshop provides an overview of the basic features, dynamic tools, and functionality of Canvas to allow you to build and support engaging courses.

Registration Required

Mar 29 - Grading & Assignments in Canvas

Wednesday, March 29
3:30-5pm
University Library, Room 2635

In this hands-on workshop, you’ll discover how to create assignments and grade them in Canvas. We’ll take a closer look at some Canvas tools that will make you say, “I can’t wait to start grading.” You’ll learn tips and tricks for making assignments and grading more efficient.

Registration Required

Mar 30 - (Virtual) Creating an Excellent Canvas Course

Thursday, March 30
12-1pm
http://nwuniversity.adobeconnect.com/canvastraining

Students want Canvas courses that are easy to navigate! Learn about different organizational options to help students effortlessly find and use your course materials. This workshop is intended for instructors who are already using Canvas, but want to streamline their course sites.

Registration Required

Apr 4 - Introduction to Canvas

Tuesday, April 4
12-1:30pm
University Library, Room 2635

Build your Canvas course with confidence! This workshop provides an overview of the basic features, dynamic tools, and functionality of Canvas to allow you to build and support engaging courses.

Registration Required

Apr 5 - Grading & Assignments in Canvas

Wednesday, April 5
3:30-5pm
University Library, Room 2635

In this hands-on workshop, you’ll discover how to create assignments and grade them in Canvas. We’ll take a closer look at some Canvas tools that will make you say, “I can’t wait to start grading.” You’ll learn tips and tricks for making assignments and grading more efficient.

Registration Required

Apr 6 - Why Learning Analytics? (TEACHxperts Series)

Thursday, April 6
12-1pm
Norris Center, Wildcat Room (101B)

In an age of learning management systems, online gradebooks and homework, discussion forums, and clickers, the progress of a college course generates a rich, deep stream of data. Learning analytics aims to put this information to use; first to learn more about how teaching and learning happens, and then to improve it. Timothy McKay will share insights with us from the ECoachproject at the University of Michigan.

McKay’s team looked at learning analytics then extensively interviewed students who were doing better and worse than predicted, to learn more about student success. The team then shared their findings with students, but how did they do that in an efficient manner?

The ECoach project was developed to give students tailored communication in a way that they would listen. Public health professionals have found great success using similar tools. Come here more about how Michigan is motivating students to learn more effectively.

McKay is part of the TEACHxperts speaker series.

Registration Required

Apr 6 - Turning a Campus Into a Learning Laboratory (TEACHxperts Series)

Thursday, April 6
3:30-4:30pm
University Library, Ver Steeg Lounge

In this workshop, we will discuss what it takes to transform a university campus into a learning laboratory: an educational environment in which every interaction provides an opportunity to contribute to what we know about how learning happens. In such a learning higher education system, the traditional boundaries between research and practice will dissolve, and it will be possible to study the efficacy of instructional designs within the changing context of classrooms. This idea has been developed in a recent White Paper written for the Ithaka Foundation.

To explore this idea more deeply, we will discuss how such a learning laboratory is being created at the University of Michigan, and explore how it might be realized on Northwestern’s campus. This will include a discussion of data sources and management, privacy and ethical issues, research designs and funding, and the integration of research and teaching in faculty lives. This discussion will give us an opportunity to raise and discuss some of the specific challenges present at Northwestern.

McKay will spend 10-15 minutes describing the idea, then distribute a set of questions to be discussed by groups. These would focus on the situation at Northwestern – What data sources exist? How does the campus control and support access to them? How do students, faculty, staff feel about the idea of using data from everyday practice to support research? What about personalizing education – in what ways do various parties want the educational experience to be responsive to individual students background, interests, and goals? After each group has a chance to discuss these questions, we’ll come together at the end for some discussion and a few concluding remarks about what it would be like to teach and learning in a real “Learning Higher Education System”.

Registration Required