Faculty Distance Learning Workgroup
Faculty Forum on “What are We Learning about Online Learning?”
The Faculty Distance Learning Workgroup announces the first in a series of faculty forums it will be holding this winter and spring. The first forum was held on Thursday, February 6 from 3:30-5:00 pm in the McCormick Tribune Forum Auditorium. See the event video here.
The first forum, entitled “What are We Learning about Online Learning?” allowed two Northwestern faculty that have recently taught online courses to share their experiences and perspectives with the Northwestern community. Candy Lee from the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications describes her experiences teaching a Semester Online (SON) course taken for credit by undergraduates from Northwestern and other SON consortium schools. Todd Murphey from the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science describes his experiences teaching a Coursera course this fall that he also used as part of an on-ground Northwestern course that Northwestern undergraduates took for credit.
Subsequent forums planned for spring quarter will focus on various aspects of online learning potentially including pros and cons of the Semester Online SON model, intellectual property issues, and discussion about how Northwestern should proceed with supporting online education initiatives.
The Faculty Distance Learning Workgroup advises the Provost on issues related to the development and implementation of distance learning opportunities at the University. Through active engagement with the schools, faculty colleagues and other groups across campus, this workgroup will help ensure that the core teaching, research, and service mission is at the center of all distance learning initiatives undertaken by the University. For more information on distance learning at the University, visit the Office of the Provost Initiatives page.
William Rogerson, Chair, Professor, Economics - WCAS
Gad Allon, Professor, Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences – KSM
Sara Broaders, Distinguished Senior Lecturer, Psychology – WCAS
Tom Collinger, Associate Professor, Integrated Marketing Communications; Senior Director of Medill Distance Learning – Medill
Mary Finn, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs – WCAS
Scott Garton, Department Head, Library, Branch and Off-Campus Services Department
Jeanne Herrick, Senior Lecturer, Writing Program – WCAS; Educational Affairs Committee, Faculty Senate
David Meyer, Professor, Physics and Astronomy – WCAS
Rick Morris, Associate Dean for Finance and Administration – SoC
Susan Phillips - Associate Professor, English - WCAS
Chris Riesbeck, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science – MEAS
Cynthia Robin, Professor, Anthropology – WCAS
Joel Shapiro, Associate Dean of Academic Programs – SCS
Emerson Tiller, Professor - Law
Katrin Voelkner, Senior Lecturer, German; Director of the MMLC, Member of Council on Language Instruction – WCAS
Ben Weinkove - Professor, Mathematics - WCAS
Marianna Kepka, Facilitator, Assistant Provost for Academic Administration
Jen Koh, Facilitator - Office of the Provost