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Faculty Distance Learning Workgroup

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.

Recent Events

Digital/Online Learning Forum

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

Digital Learning Fellowships

Provost Dan Linzer and the Faculty Distance Learning Workgroup request proposals from Northwestern faculty for 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 due on October 31, 2016 and will be funded in Winter 2017. More information can be found on the Proposal Form or at

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 Members

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