Online and Blended Learning
NEW ONLINE LEARNING INITIATIVES
Two recent partnerships in online learning will enable Northwestern to offer exceptional online courses. Partnerships with Coursera and Semester Online (SON) will help us lead the way in shaping the landscape of online higher education. We are offering Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) through Coursera and for-credit, undergraduate courses taught in small sections through SON.
What are the main differences between Semester Online courses and MOOCs?
|Semester Online (2U)||MOOCs (Coursera)|
|Selective enrollment||Open enrollment|
|For credit||Not for credit (at NU)|
|Small classes||Very large classes|
|Synchronous & asynchronous instruction||Asynchronous course delivery|
|Semester length||Average length = 8 weeks|
|Production done by 2U||Production done by NU|
Learn about this initiative and how to offer a course through Semester Online: FAQs for Semester Online (SON)
Semester Online Update - Fall 2013 (NetID access is required to access this page)
Son Request for proposals
Requests for proposals for courses offered in fall 2014 and beyond are now being accepted. Please download this FORM. Proposals for courses taught in spring 2015 and beyond are due January 31.
The proposal, as well as how the course will articulate for Northwestern credit, must be discussed with and approved by the faculty member’s department chair and Dean’s Office prior to submission. After obtaining department and school approval, faculty members should submit their proposals to email@example.com. The Faculty Distance Learning Workgroup will then review proposals and make recommendations for further review by the Office of the Provost. Courses must ultimately be approved by the Curriculum Committee of the Semester Online Consortium.
Interested faculty should refer to the FAQs for Semester Online classes for more detailed information about the proposal process and teaching SON courses. Faculty are invited to consult with the Coordinated Service Center for online courses at any point in the process of proposing or developing a SON course by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northwestern University is proud to partner with Coursera, a California-based education company founded in 2011 by two Stanford computer science professors. A variety of free online courses will be offered. Additional courses will be featured as faculty members develop new online strategies for delivering their course content to a global audience.
Coursera Request for Proposals
Requests for proposals for MOOCs to be developed summer 2014 through spring 2015 are now being accepted. Please download this FORM. Proposals are due January 31 and must have approval from the faculty member's department chair and dean prior to submission.
Interested faculty should refer to the FAQs for Coursera MOOCs for more detailed information about MOOCs and the proposal process, as well as the MOOC Creation Guidelines for guidance on the development and delivery of MOOCs. Faculty are invited to consult with the Coordinated Service Center for online courses at any point in the process of proposing or developing a MOOC by emailing email@example.com.
MORE ONLINE AND BLENDED LEARNING INITIATIVES
In addition to these two new online learning platforms, many schools at Northwester have developed their own modules and courses to offer students a variety of online, blended and distance learning opportunities. Listed here are just a few of these offerings.
School of Continuing StudiesRead more about the School of Continuing Studies’ distance learning philosophy.
- MS in Information Systems - part-time program that can be taken partly or completely online.
- MS in Medical Informatics - part-time, fully online program offered in collaboration with the Feinberg School of Medicine.
- MA in Public Policy and Administration - part-time; can be taken partly or completely online. This course recently won a Blackboard Exemplary Course Award.
Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications
MS in Integrated Marketing Communications - program that offers the same faculty, curriculum, and degree as the on-campus program.
School of Education and Social Policy
Feinberg School of Medicine
- MS in Medical Informatics - part-time, fully online program offered in collaboration with the School of Continuing Studies.
- MS in Prosthetics and Orthotics - a twenty-one month program offered through a blended format.
School of Law
Executive LLM in Madrid, Spain - offered in collaboration with IE Law School, this program employs a blended approach, combining online instruction with periods of on-campus learning in both Madrid and Chicago.
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.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