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

Apr 20 - Introduction to Canvas

Thursday, April 20
10-11:30am
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 20 - Using Gamification to Engage Students

Thursday, April 20
3-4:30pm
Kresge Hall, Room 2305

In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn the concepts of gamification in education. Learn about the advantages (and barriers) to gamification and how it might be used to motivate your students. Participants will leave with an idea of how they could gamify an element of their course.

Registration Required

April 21 - Grading & Assignments in Canvas

Friday, April 21
1-2:30pm
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 25 - Students as Producers: Active Learning Instruction for Innovative Assignments (TEACHxperts Series)

Tuesday, April 25
12-1pm
Shepard Hall (626 University Place), B25

Join us for an exploration of the idea of “students as producers”. Bruff will help us think about creating assignments that:

* ask students to work on problems that haven’t been fully solved or questions that haven’t been fully answered.

* are shared with authentic audiences (audiences other than the instructor), either fellow students or external audiences, motivating students to produce work worth sharing.

* give students greater autonomy, because cognitive science tells us that students are more motivated when they feel they have some autonomy over their work.

A portion of this session will on classroom activities that build the skills students need in order to complete the kinds of innovative assignments that come with the “Students as Producers” approach

Read this for more information about how Vanderbilt has implemented the idea of “students as producers.”

Derek Bruff is part of the TEACHxperts speaker series.

Registration Required

Apr 25 - Good Questions, Deep Learning: Structuring Classroom and Online DIscussions (TEACHxperts Series)

Tuesday, April 25
3:30-4:30pm
The Garage (2311 Campus Dr.), #2300

Dr. Bruff will lead us in an examination of how different types of questions can help instructors frame class discussion and sharpen students’ critical thinking skills. The questions and the debate around the answers can shift students out of a black-and-white view of the world.

The session will start with an in-depth look at question/discussion prompt writing. What do instructors learn from the questions they ask and what do students learn? How does this information fit the learning goals of the course?

Bruff will also help instructors explore successful facilitation strategies for holding a productive discussion in their face-to-face or the online classes

Derek Bruff is part of the TEACHxperts speaker series.

Registration Required

May 2 - Grading & Assignments in Canvas

Tuesday, May 2
1-2:30pm
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

May 5 - Quizzes and Surveys in Canvas

Friday, May 5
10-11am
University Library, Room 2635

This workshop will take a deeper look into Canvas’ quiz and survey tools. We will cover all the basics you need to start creating quizzes and surveys in your Canvas courses. We’ll review the various question types you can make, and how to create question banks and surveys. You’ll also explore how your students’ grades will appear in the gradebook.

Registration Required

June 1 - (Virtual) Introduction to Canvas

Thursday, June 1
12-1pm
https://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

June 2 - (Virtual) Grading & Assignments in Canvas

Friday, June 2
12-1pm
https://nwuniversity.adobeconnect.com/canvastraining

In this hands-on workshop, you’ll discover how much easier grading and creating assignments can be in Canvas. We’ll take a closer look at some tools in Canvas that will make you say, “I can’t wait to start grading.” You’ll learn tips and tricks on making assignments and grading easier than ever.

Registration Required