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Online Learning Initiatives

The recently launched Digital Learning website showcases the many faculty innovations in teaching and learning that leverage new educational technologies to enhance the student learning experience.

Northwestern now offers all of its MOOCs at no cost to its faculty, staff, and students. You can now earn a Course Certificate, and access all MOOC content, for all Northwestern MOOCs on Coursera free of charge! To enroll in a Northwestern course and activate the special free course certificate offer, please follow the enrollment steps listed HERE.

Innovation in Teaching Series

The Garage, Northwestern’s hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation, in partnership with the Office of the Provost and the Faculty Distance Learning Workgroup, is pleased to present a new program to explore new developments in teaching and learning: the Innovation in Teaching Series.

Pam Daniels, Clinical Assistant Professor and Design Innovator in Residence at The Segal Design Institute; Melissa Crounse Kaufman, Executive Director of the Garage; and Marianna Kepka, Assistant Provost for Academic Initiatives have organized a series of presentations and panel discussions as a forum for showcasing exciting developments and building community throughout Northwestern around teaching innovation.

Upcoming Event
Thinking Past Campus
with Owen Youngman: Knight Professor of Digital Strategy - Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications

Monday, October 30

Event Schedule

Click here to learn more and register to attend live or watch the livestream

Provost's Digital Learning Fellowships

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 by November 1, 2017.

For more information, please visit the Digital Learning Fellowships page or contact Dan Pattley, Online Learning Coordinator, at

The 2015-2016 Provost's Digital Learning Fellowships have been awarded to nine exceptional projects that will address a wide variety of subject matters and learning goals, including the integration of new learning analytics tools, multiple novel approaches to teaching linguistics and language, and collaborative learning platforms to build interaction and engagement for students. Learn more about these innovative projects on the Provost's Digital Learning Fellowships recipients page.

The Fellowships began in the Fall 2014, when the Provost and Faculty Distance Learning Workgroup announced new seed funding to support digital and online projects that will enhance Northwestern students’ learning through the innovative use of technologies. Provost Dan Linzer and the Faculty Distance Learning Workgroup requested proposals from Northwestern faculty for the Provost's Fellowship for Digital Learning, that will enhance Northwestern students’ learning, allow faculty and the University to experiment with modern learning technologies, showcase Northwestern faculty’s excellence in teaching, and increase Northwestern’s visibility in digital and online teaching environments. 

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 helps to ensure that the core teaching, research, and service mission is at the center of all distance learning initiatives undertaken by the University.


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