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Resources for the Classroom

These resources will help you in the classroom.

Affordable Instructional Resources (AIR)

Affordable Instructional Resources is a university-wide initiative to support faculty in making course materials more affordable and accessible. Experts in course affordability are available to meet for individual consultations and assistance. Learn more

Books for Cats

First-year eligible students (as determined by Financial Aid) borrow course materials (textbooks, clickers, chemistry lab gear) for select introductory STEM courses. Learn more

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open Educational Resources offers free teaching materials, including textbooks, which are intended to be widely distributed and modified to fit the particular needs of instructors. OER experts are available to assist faculty in finding or developing OER for their courses. Learn more


Canvas is a cloud-hosted learning management system that allows instructors and students to deliver course materials, submit assignments, view grades, and create learning activities. Learn more

Digital Learning at Northwestern

Celebrating educational innovation across Northwestern. Connect with other instructors and explore new ideas to enhance teaching and learning and access technology for instructors in the resource hub. Learn more

Teaching & Learning Information Technology

Teaching & Learning Information Technology fosters innovative learning experiences through learning management systems, in-class and online course development, learning analytics, course evaluation, lecture capture, classroom technology consultations and support, and other tools for faculty. Services include training for the University’s learning management system, Canvas and an annual TEACHx showcase. Learn more

Northwestern Libraries

Northwestern Libraries provides course reserves at the library and in your Canvas site (print, digital, and streaming media); Assists with discovery and selection of affordable, open, and e-textbook options. Partner with a librarian to create activities or learning objects, customized for your courses, that will improve your students’ research skills; use library classrooms for research instruction and utilize video and audio recording studios to record your presentation, lecture, or instructional video. Learn more

Course Reserve

 Library service to make course materials (print, digital, and streaming media) available at the library circulation desk or via your Canvas site. Syllabi review is available to determine whether journals and e-books are available via library databases. Learn more

Searle Center for Advancing Learning & Teaching

The Searle Center for Advancing Learning & Teaching provides a variety of programs and services are available for faculty, graduate students who teach, as well as undergraduate peer mentors in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines, including, for example, discussions and workshops on creating courses that engage students, integrating technology into teaching, and assessing student learning outcomes. In addition, Searle has an annual all-day New Faculty Workshop, and an extensive collection of books, articles and videotapes on teaching and learning in higher education. Learn more

Block Museum

The Block is a dynamic, imaginative, and innovative teaching and learning resource for Northwestern and its surrounding communities. The Block offers group tours and class trips. Specifically, the Block Museum presents art across time, cultures, and media; Convenes interdisciplinary discussions in which art is a springboard for exploring issues and ideas; Collects art that supports the Northwestern University curriculum. Learn more

One Book One Northwestern

Community-wide reading program aimed at engaging the campus in a common conversation centered on a carefully chosen, thought-provoking book. Learn more

Ordering Textbooks

Northwestern University has partnered with Faculty Enlight, an online content search, discovery and adoption website that allows faculty to research and adopt textbooks in one convenient place. Faculty teaching courses on both campuses may register and order textbooks through this site. Learn more