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Provost's Fellowship for Digital Learning

The Provost's Digital Learning Fellowship was created in 2014 to encourage faculty to develop innovative digital or online projects focused on improving student learning. Successful proposals will enhance Northwestern students’ learning through the innovative use of technologies and enable instructors and the University to experiment with and explore the outcomes of innovative teaching and learning technologies and learner-centered pedagogical approaches.

Applications for the 2017-2018 Fellowship are now open. To apply, submit a completed application form along with department chair and dean's office approval to onlinelearning@northwestern.edu by November 1, 2017.

For more information, please contact Dan Pattley, Online Learning Coordinator, at onlinelearning@northwestern.edu.

 

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Provost's Fellowship for Digital Learning Awardees

Creating Your Dream Team: Using Teaming Technology to Form Effective Project Design Teams in STEM

The research team is investigating how to self-assemble Design Thinking and Communication (DTC) teams that are optimally effective according to various criteria such as learning, cohesiveness and final design performance. By using “My Dream Team” (MDT)—a web-based team recommender tool developed by Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) research group over the past several years with the goal of facilitating the assembly process of project teams—Contractor aims to explain why students select others as team members, and then implement interventions in the team assembly process to modify the recommendations students receive. The goal is to help them select more suitable teammates to facilitate improved learning, project designs and cohesiveness. 


Noshir Contractor

Noshir Contractor

Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences; McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Leslie DeChurch

Leslie DeChurch

Professor, Communication Studies, School of Communication

Jackie Ng

Jackie Ng

PhD Candidate in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences; McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science


Customized and Contextualized Asynchronous Learning

Gloria Kim’s project will focus on restructuring, developing, and expanding experiential learning modules for the three-part course series in the biosignals and systems analysis and experimental design that include her courses: Biomedical Signals and Electrical Circuits and Quantitative Experimentation and Design. This project aims to enhance them with asynchronous adaptive learning modules in order to: pinpoint student weaknesses and allow students to receive immediate formative feedback. Kim expects that the feedback, knowledge, and modules generated from this project will benefit curricula in other areas of engineering and build linkages of concepts to facilitate knowledge transfer and holistic problem solving.

Gloria Kim

Gloria Kim

Clinical Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering; McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science


In Pursuit of the Truth: Investigating Wrongful Convictions and other Criminal Justice Issues

Drawing on the work of The Medill Justice Project, Klein and his team is developing an ambitious and unique MOOC to teach investigative journalism to people all over the globe, empowering citizen journalists to examine potentially wrongful convictions and other miscarriages of justice. The MOOC will be a timely resource for individuals—regardless of their level of journalism experience—who want to equip themselves with the investigative tools needed to examine injustice. From developing sources to learning how to craft in-depth investigative stories and using multimedia, this course aims to provide students with a wealth of free and easily accessible practical resources

Alec Klein

Alec Klein

Professor, Journalism; Director, Medill Justice Project, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications

Allisha Azlan

Allisha Azlan

Project Coordinator, Administration, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications

Rachel Fobar

Rachel Fobar

Project Coordinator, Administration, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications

Amanda Westrich

Amanda Westrich

Research Associate, Administration, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications


Expanding Student Understanding of Subject Matter through Video Interviews with Experts

In her years of teaching her Sports Marketing IMC class, Candy Lee has found that it is impossible to bring in all the guest speakers needed to represent the many areas encompassed by the business side of sports. To overcome this challenge, Lee plans to record video interviews of a wide array of sports-connected marketing professionals in order to provide students with a look at the different ways marketing is utilized in the sports industry. By posting the videos to Canvas, Lee is able to flip this segment of the course to allow students greater access to relevant professional perspectives while providing more time for classroom discussion.   

Candy Lee

Candy Lee

Professor, Integrated Marketing Communications, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications


Online Multimedia Supplements for Modern Robotics

Kevin Lynch has established himself as an innovator in the teaching of mechatronics and robot manipulation; from publishing online textbooks to filming dozens of videos with the Northwestern Lightboard, Lynch has made asynchronous learning a cornerstone of his teaching. With this project, Lynch plans to build upon his innovations by developing video supplements for his recent free textbook, Modern Robotics, and then integrate his videos into his Mechanical Engineering 449 Robot Manipulation course (as well as a future MOOC installation of the course). Through the use of digital assets, Lynch will be able to advance student learning both at Northwestern and to students around the world.

Kevin Lynch

Kevin Lynch

Department Chair/Professor, Mechanical Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science


Working Stories: Chicago Field Studies Audio Interview Project

Students in the Chicago Field Studies program will record, edit, and analyze audio interviews focused on the subject of work and its meaning in people’s lives. Then their projects will be featured and archived on a new Working Stories website. By conducting interviews and creating audio stories on the meaning of work, students will be able to engage dynamically with a range of issues and stories beyond their own internship experiences. Students are expected to benefit by gaining a deeper understanding of the personal, socio-economic, and philosophical dimensions of work and by reflecting on what work might mean for them.   

Elizabeth McCabe

Elizabeth McCabe

Lecturer, Chicago Field Studies, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Nina Wieda

Nina Wieda

Lecturer, Chicago Field Studies, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences


Digital Portfolio Learning Ecosystem

Building on over five years of curriculum, informal learning, and co-curricular integration, the team plans to design a cross-program system to make public, digital portfolios a more active element of MSLOC’s approach to teaching and learning. By leveraging multiple components (A central WordPress site designed to aggregate content, a WordPress blog template for individual digital portfolios, and the use of supplemental videos and workshops), the system will help graduate students develop valuable competencies including digital literacy, self-directed learning, and critical thinking. The project will provide new capabilities to improve the use of digital portfolios for MSLOC degree and certificate programs and for the department’s career services programming.

Jeff Merrell

Jeff Merrell

Associate Director, MSLOC, School of Education and Social Policy

Melinda Turnley

Melinda Turnley

Assistant Director, MSLOC, School of Education and Social Policy

Michelle Albaugh

Michelle Albaugh

Lecturer, MSLOC, School of Education and Social Policy

Terri Cramer

Terri Cramer

Assistant Director/Program Advisor, MSLOC, School of Education and Social Policy


Putting Theory into Practice: Developing a Blended-Learning Curriculum Model for NU-Q Journalism Residency Students

The team will develop an interactive multimedia case study module for use in their pilot of two new blended-learning courses for NU-Q’s journalism curriculum: Ethics for Media Professionals and Leadership for Media Professionals. These courses will employ multiple forms of media to tell the story behind the news story’s production, offering valuable insight into the complex workflows, multiple perspectives, and tight deadline pressures that go into making decisions at a media organization. Mills, Sanders, and Hussain have designed their courses to foster strong connections between conceptual learning in the classroom and professional practice that students gain through Northwestern’s Journalism/Strategic Communication Residency program.   

Andrew Mills

Andrew Mills

Assistant Professor, Journalism, NU-Q

Amy Kristin Sanders

Amy Kristin Sanders

Associate Professor in Residence, Journalism, NU-Q

Shakir Hussain

Shakir Hussain

User Support Specialist, NU-Q

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