Faculty Distance Learning Workgroup

Recent Events

Digital/Online Project Funding

Provost Dan Linzer and the Faculty Distance Learning Workgroup recently requested proposals from Northwestern faculty for 2015-2016 digital/online projects that will enhance NU students’ learning through the innovative use of technologies, allow faculty and the University to experiment with innovative learning technologies, showcase NU faculty’s excellence in teaching and increase NU’s visibility in digital and online teaching environments. Project proposals are no longer being accepted at this time. More information can be found on the Proposal Form or at onlinelearning@northwestern.edu.

Digital/Online Learning Forum

The Faculty Distance Learning Workgroup hosted a lively open forum to discuss and learn more about digital and online learning initiatives. Panelists included:

  • Gad Allon, Professor, Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences, Kellogg
  • Sara Broaders, Associate Professor of Instruction, Psychology, WCAS
  • Susanna Calkins, Associate Director, Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching
  • Mary Finn, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, WCAS
  • Michael Peshkin, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, McCormick
  • Harlan Wallach, Associate Director, Educational Technologies, NUIT

Faculty Distance Learning Workgroup 2013-2014 Report

The Faculty Distance Learning Workgroup (FDLW) has issued a summary Report for the 2013-2014 academic year. In particular, the Report summarizes and evaluates the results of Northwestern’s experiences with Coursera and Semester Online and provides recommendations for how the Provost might support further experimentation in online learning. The Provost appreciated the candor of the report and is generally supportive of its recommendations. The FDLW will continue its work this academic year and we will be communicating further developments related to our recommendations as they occur.  I welcome you to read the FDLW 2013-2014 report.

Winter 2014 Event

Faculty Distance Learning Workgroup held an all-faculty forum in February 2014. See the event video here. The 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 in fall 2013 that he also used as part of an on-ground Northwestern course that Northwestern undergraduates took for credit.

Workgroup Purpose

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.

Workgroup Members

Todd Murphey, Chair, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering  MEAS
Gad Allon, Professor, Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences – KSM
Sara Broaders, Distinguished Senior Lecturer, Psychology – WCAS
Mary Cohen, Associate Dean of Academic Programs – SPS
Tom Collinger, Associate Professor, Integrated Marketing Communications; Senior Director of Medill Distance Learning – Medill
Nick Davis, Associate Professor, English  WCAS
Mary Finn, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs – WCAS
Jane Holl, Professor, Pediatrics  FSM
Harriet Lightman, Department Head, Research and Learning Services  University Library
Michele McDonough, Lecturer, Molecular Biosciences  WCAS and Faculty Senate representative
David Meyer, Professor, Physics and Astronomy – WCAS
Rick Morris, Associate Dean for Finance and Administration – SoC
Steve Reed, Professor  Law
Chris Riesbeck, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science – MEAS
Kimberly Scott, Director, Learning and Organizational Change Program – SESP
Marianna Kepka, Facilitator, Assistant Provost for Academic Administration