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Fixed-Seating, Big Classes...Can You Do Active Learning?

April 01, 2024

Active learning usually has associations of small groups of students talking and moving around a classroom filled with gleaming tech and slick seating. For most instructors, those types of classrooms are not where they s...

Canvas Chatbot Gets an AI Upgrade

October 02, 2023

The Northwestern Canvas Chatbot debuted in the winter of 2019 and has since helped thousands of students and instructors find quick and helpful answers...

Five Things for Fall Instructors to Know

September 11, 2023

Welcome to the 2023-24 academic year! Whether you are still preparing to teach or your classes are underway, we hope you are ready for the year.

All About TEACHx

April 11, 2023

Have you been seeing TEACHx emails but you’re not really sure if they’re for you? Want more information about this year’s program? Learn about...

Reinvigorate Class with New Activities

November 28, 2022

Whether you’re teaching a course for the first or tenth time, there are always sessions and topics that could use a fresh approach.

Ed Tech Fellows Returns for 2022-23

November 11, 2022

Are you wondering if your course allows all students to demonstrate their knowledge of the topic? Do you have an idea for how to...
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What's the point of recording classroom lectures?

April 04, 2022

What does adding in lecture recordings do to your teaching environment? What’s the point of recording lectures? A closer look at the research behind recording in-person lectures.

Canvas Enhanced Gradebook Filters

March 29, 2022

Are you looking for new ways to see and find information in your Canvas course gradebook? Canvas’s new enhanced gradebook filter functions might be able to help.
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Survey Says...

February 28, 2022

In Teaching & Learning Technologies’ most recent Canvas student satisfaction survey conducted in Spring 2022, we included questions about what students prefer to see in faculty usage of Canvas
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Time-Saving Tip: Searching and Sorting Your Canvas Gradebook

February 04, 2022

As your gradebook grows over the course of the quarter, you may find yourself looking for ways to more effectively manage and work within your Canvas gradebook. Read on for ideas on how to search, sort, and set up your C...
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Time-Saving Tip: Scheduling Appointments in Canvas

October 11, 2021

Are you spending more hours managing student requests for office-hour meetings than having actual office hours? Are your students looking to have scheduled time with you rather than playing the “show up and wai...
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Best Practices for Exams Administered in Canvas

May 28, 2021

With final exams just around the corner and many faculty administering assessments in Canvas, we want to make sure your exam administration is secure and successful. The following tips will help you and your students hav...

Practical Tips for Now and Looking Ahead

February 24, 2021

On Wednesday, February 3rd, eight experienced instructors gathered to share their instructional insights with fellow Northwestern faculty at Northwestern IT Teaching & Learning Technologies’ first TEACH...
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Discussion Board Alternatives

January 13, 2021

Discussion can be a powerful learning activity that helps students synthesize thoughts and make high-level connections. During remote and online classes, discussion boards have become a valuable part of student engagemen...
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Q&A on Collaborative or Two-Stage Exams

December 15, 2020

In this article, hear from a Northwestern faculty member who uses two-stage exams in her online and in-person classes and learn more about this type of assessment and how to execute it in Canvas.
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Save Time Submitting Final Grades with GradeSync

November 03, 2020

Where before instructors had to choose each student’s letter grade one by one in CAESAR, GradeSync allows you to submit all of your grades from each Canvas course site directly to CAESAR with the single push of...
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Spotlight On: Peer Review

October 12, 2020

Peer review can be a powerful activity that helps your students practice editing skills and creating substantive critique. But how can you avoid lackluster comments and Canvas confusion in a Peer Review activity?

Student-to-Student Insights on Remote Learning

September 08, 2020

With connections to community and support now more important than ever, Northwestern students are leading the way, guiding fellow students in preparation for a successful academic year. No one understands the challenges ...

Recommendations for Remote Quarter Start Readiness

March 26, 2020

A question likely on your mind is, What should I prioritize for my first week of class? Over the past few weeks, you’ve likely massively revamped your final exams and projects, attended some Zoom or Canvas work...