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Educational Technology Fellows

The Educational Technology Fellows (Ed Tech Fellows) is a program that supports instructors in implementing educational innovation with technology. Annual cohorts work together and with the Northwestern IT Teaching and Learning Technologies team to bring ideas to life. Faculty and instructional staff from across Northwestern work towards their pedagogical projects with structured guidance. These projects foster enhanced learning experiences for students and help instructors reach their teaching goals.

As a fellow, you will:

  • Attend meetings and events to see experts demonstrate new educational technologies or talk about new classroom teaching strategies.
  • Collaborate with other fellows, engaging in meaningful interdisciplinary exchanges.
  • Work on your project, benefiting from one-on-one help from your TLT mentor. See examples of possible project ideas.
  • Explore opportunities to share your experience and outcome

Interested faculty must complete an application and propose a project, challenge, or experiment in which educational technology is part of the solution. 

Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year are open! How to apply.

About the Program

The Ed Tech Fellows program is designed to help instructors or other Northwestern educators take an idea and bring it to life. These educational ideas should involve the use of technology to further educational goals.

The Ed Tech Fellows program offers many opportunities to engage with other Fellows in your cohort and with Teaching and Learning Technologies team members.

It is recommended that Fellows plan for the following time commitments:

  • Every 1-4 weeks: Meet with your assigned TLT mentor to design and complete a teaching project.
  • Quarterly: Attend group meetings to discuss project progress, hear from other Fellows, and learn about new developments in educational technology.
  • May: Attend TEACHx
  • Upon project completion: Consider ways to present Ed Tech Fellow work at TEACHx, to colleagues, or via other avenues.

How to Apply

 We welcome applicants from all campuses and all programs. Adjunct instructors and graduate student instructors are welcome to apply.  The application will ask you to briefly summarize your project idea, goals, and any steps you have taken so far (no prior work on the project is necessary). The application should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Apply to be an Ed Tech Fellow

Topic Areas and Project Examples

The EdTech Fellows program is open to projects on all topics.

Topic areas to consider

  • Accessibility
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Polling/Student response tools
  • Digital Media resources
  • Alternative grading or assessment practices
  • Generative AI in the classroom
  • Other educational technology ideas

Examples of Past Projects

  • Beyond the Page: Incorporating digital tools in creative writing
  • Digital sites to demonstrate student learning on Latinx Chicago
  • Embedding technology-based active learning strategies and engagement in an epidemiology course
  • Improving use of real-time and asynchronous collaborative technology tools for a remote IT leadership course
  • Development of course site to be more interactive and take advantage of Canvas's feature
  • Gamification of elements in graduate online courses
  • Using technology in a live-client setting to ensure learning outcomes
  • DEI in the workplace with reality theatre
  • Using a digital annotation tool to encourage students to take more leadership during in-class discussions
  • Making student-facing library information modules more accessible and engaging to students and more readily available to faculty
  • Using AI in the classroom for language conversations and learning
  • Creating a more inclusive curriculum for historical music course

Educational Technology Fellows

 We thank all Educational Technology Fellows for their participation and contributions.

2022-2023 Academic Year

  • Anne Zald, Northwestern Libraries
  • Kiki Zissimopoulos, McCormick Office of Undergraduate Engineering
  • Mindy Thorpe, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Tiffany Schmidt, Weinberg College, Department of Neurobiology
  • Abby Stringer, McCormick School of Engineering
  • Naira Corzon, Weinberg College, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
  • Chin-Hung Chang, Weinberg College, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Anne Marie Adams, School of Communication
  • Shuyi Weng, Weinberg College, Department of Mathematics
  • Jennifer Lin, Weinberg College, Department of Political Science
  • Bennett Goldberg, Weinberg College, Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • Helen Cho, Weinberg College, Department of Asian American Studies Program
  • Jasmine Thomasian, Bienen School of Music
  • Irene Finestrat, Weinberg College, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
  • Paul Feller, Bienen School of Music

2019-2020 Academic Year

  • Amy Johnson, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • ​Amy Partridge, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Christopher Neary, School of Education and Social Policy
  • Jennifer Ryan, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Julia Moore, The Graduate School
  • Katherine Martinez, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Katia Viot-Southard, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • kihana miraya ross, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kimberly Rusk, School of Professional Studies
  • Lowell Lindstrom, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Marissa Liveris, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Michael Zuckerman, School of Law
  • Myrna Garcia, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Nell Novara, School of Law
  • Raquel Amorese, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Sarah Fay, School of Professional Studies
  • Spencer Striker, Northwestern in Qatar
  • Wiebke Bullerman, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

2018-2019 Academic Year

  • ​Aaron LaDuke, Northwestern in Qatar
  • Alison Chang, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Anna Kraemer, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Brooke Vuckovic, Kellogg School of Management
  • Casey Ankeny, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • David O'Neill, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Evangeline Su, Office of Undergraduate Research
  • Jairo Lugo-Ocando, Northwestern in Qatar
  • Jesse Bowman, School of Law
  • Jonathan Copulsky, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Karen Springen, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Katherine Lelek, School of Communication
  • Kelly Costello, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Kinga Kosmala, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Marcelo Worsley, School of Education and Social Policy
  • Rifka Cook, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Sarah White, School of Education and Social Policy
  • Theresa Moulton, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Torsten Menge, Northwestern in Qatar
  • Tracy Davis, School of Communication

2017-2018 Academic Year

  • Abigail Baldridge, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Alejandro Carrion, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ange Therese Akono, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Asha Nagaraj, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ava Thompson Greenwell, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Caryn Ward, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Chin-Hung Chang, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ed Jaffe, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Elizabeth Leeth, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Jean Clipperton, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jennifer Baker, School of Communication
  • Jill Wilson, McCormick School of Engineering
  • Ji-Yeon Yuh, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • John Hartman, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Kenneth Konopka, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kimberly Pusateri, School of Communication
  • Kurt Hansen & Donna Su, Bienen School of Music
  • Lindsay Eufusia, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Mary McGrath, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Meghann Pytka, School of Professional Studies
  • Melinda Turnley, School of Education and Social Policy
  • Nicholas Cline, Bienen School of Music
  • Pranav Kothari, Kellogg School of Management
  • Raghu Betina, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Robert Ryder, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Sami Hermez, Northwestern in Qatar
  • Veronica Berns, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

2016-2017 Academic year

  • Jill Gerber, School of Education and Social Policy
  • Nick Marchuk, McCormick School of Engineering,
  • Carol Beirne, School of Professional Studies
  • Anne Marie Adams, School of Communication
  • Amy Hauenstein, School of Communication
  • Ana Williams, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences,
  • Donald Dale, Kellogg School of Management
  • Anna Diakow, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Uzoamaka Nzelibe, Pritzker School of Law,
  • Rebekah Stathakis, School of Education and Social Policy,
  • David Noffs, School of Professional Studies
  • ​Alberto Cusi, School of Professional Studies
  • Jiliana Enteen, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Paul Arntson, School of Communication
  • Rifka Cook, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Benay Stein, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Charlene Blockinger, School of Professional Studies
  • Jacob Leveton, The Graduate School
  • Susan Piagentini, Bienen School of Music
  • Ingrid Zeller, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dean DeBiase, Kellogg School of Management
  • Tracy Hodgson, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Pamela Hinchman, Bienen School of Music
  • Sunny Joy Langton, Hall Bienen School of Music
  • Sureshi Jayawardene, The Graduate School
  • Richard Lepine, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Denise Meuser, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Tasha Seago-Ramaly, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Tony Poidomani, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications