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.
Check out the Guides

Featured Tools

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

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Upcoming Events

Feb 21 - Accessibility Overview

Tuesday, February 21
3-4:30pm
University Library, Room 2650

We all know that making course content accessible for students with disabilities is the law, but it also can also help everyone to have a richer learning experience. We see universal design every day on campus: it is the cutout in the sidewalk that helps both the student in a wheelchair user and instructor with a wheeled suitcase. It is the automatic door that opens to let in the student on crutches or student loaded down with library books. But what about in our courses? Do you know how accessible your course is? Accessibility is a very broad term that can cover more than vision or listening impairments. The needs of students requiring accessibility accommodations are not always obvious or discernible.

NOTE: Please bring your laptop with you.

Registration Required

Mar 7 - Using Canvas Learning Analytics

Tuesday, March 7
12-1pm
Norris Center, Lake Room (203)

This is a brownbag lunch session. Join us to hear how Van Horne’s learning analytics app helped chemistry students improve their learning. More information coming soon. Van Horne is the second speaker in our TEACHxperts speaker series.

Mar 7 - Data and Student Success

Tuesday, March 7
3-4:30pm
Norris Center, Lake Room (203)

This is a hands-on learning session. We encourage you to bring a laptop to this session.

Samuel Van Horne will explore ideas about using data to help students improve their performance in the classroom. We will be discussing examples from a variety of disciplines. More information about this session will be coming soon. Van Horne is part of the TEACHxperts speaker series.

Mar 7 - Creating an Excellent Canvas Course

Tuesday, March 7
3:30-4:30pm
University Library, Room 2635

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.

NOTE: Please bring your laptop with you.

Registration Required

Mar 9 - Introduction to Canvas (Virtual)

Thursday, March 9
12-1pm
Online, via Adobe Connect

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 15 - Introduction to Canvas

Wednesday, March 15
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

Mar 15 - Grading & Assignments in Canvas

Wednesday, March 15
3-4:30pm
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

Mar 16 - Introduction to Canvas

Thursday, March 16
3-4:30pm
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

Mar 16 - Grading & Assignments in Canvas

Thursday, March 16
3-4:30pm
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