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Learning and Technology ecosystem Advisory Committee (LTAC)

The Learning and Technology ecosystem Advisory Committee (LTAC) is an IT Governance committee co-chaired by a senior member of the Office of the Provost and a senior member of Northwestern IT.

The mission of LTAC is to support pedagogical innovation through enhancements to learning spaces and advancements in instructional practices through the use of learning analytics and related educational technologies that intersect broadly to support the learning experience. The committee makes recommendations regarding priorities for investment and experimentation while assessing the overall benefits and impact on the student learning experience.


A representative of a University school serves as chair. Committee members are invited to serve a two-year term through the appointment of a dean or vice president. The chair may appoint ad hoc committees as appropriate. 

LTAC includes three subcommittees—Learning Spaces Working Group, Digital Learning Working Group, Learning Management System, and Learning Apps Working Group.


The committee focuses on five goals to enrich the teaching and learning environments at Northwestern.

LTAC Committee Goals

Goal Objective Working Group

Develop a process for the pilot, evaluation, and implementation of new technology

Northwestern IT, the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, and University Libraries have traditionally partnered with faculty in the pilot, evaluation, and implementation of new technologies.

LMS / Learning Apps

Incentivize teaching and curricular innovation

Northwestern University has traditionally provided funding to incentivize teaching and curricular innovation through the Provost’s Fellowship for Digital Learning. This was eliminated in 2018, and LTAC is proposing it be reinstated and reframed to align with University priorities and faculty needs.

Digital Learning

Improve the quality of University learning spaces

Northwestern will need to be strategic in the design of its learning spaces with the goal of enhancing the students’ learning experience.

Learning Spaces

Develop resources and programming to support faculty teaching in multiple course delivery modalities

Effective course design is fundamental to the students’ learning experience. Regardless of the delivery model (fully online, hybrid, and in-person), all instructors should design and employ the best practices regarding learning outcomes, informing student expectations, etc.

Digital Learning

Build out a centrally-managed, collaborative learning classroom to support face-to-face courses taught across multiple locations

There are significant opportunities for greater engagement across Northwestern’s three campuses—Evanston, Chicago, and Doha. Investments in, and socialization of, new collaborative tools have the potential to dramatically increase cross-campus engagement of all kinds.

Learning Spaces

Learn more about the LTAC priorities and activities for the 2019-20 Academic YearThis images indicates a PDF

Operating Principals

Meetings are held quarterly, or as determined by the committee. View the LTAC Meeting Materials - Agendas and Meeting Minutes.

Subcommittee meetings are held with sufficient frequency to accomplish their charge and report back to LTAC as necessary.


Committee Members


Last Updated: 8 January 2021

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