Transforming Student Learning

Our Research Projects

The backgrounds, experiences, and worldviews of the students, faculty, and staff at Northwestern University are becoming increasingly diverse, reflecting the shift in sociodemographics in the broader society. At the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, we support university-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, particularly those that relate to cultivating inclusive learning environments in which students from all backgrounds can succeed. Learn how to develop and create an inclusive learning environment that acknowledges and fosters the diversity of the Northwestern community.

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What We Do

We work with instructors, graduate students, post-docs and curricular leads to enhance teaching and to promote curricular innovation at the course, program and school levels. 

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We also conduct research and evaluation on teaching and learning in higher education.

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Upcoming Offerings

Join colleagues in the upcoming Addressing Evolving Needs with Universal Design for Learning Practicum, a three-week, cohort-based online program designed for instructors of all levels, backgrounds, and teaching contexts to reflect on the evolving needs of students and instructors, with an emphasis on mental health.

Following the events of the past couple of years, explore how elements of course design can have varying impacts on students, and learn to implement Universal Design for Learning principles to create more supportive, inclusive, and accessible learning environments for all. Offered in collaboration with Academic Support and Learning Advancement, AccessibleNU, Counseling and Psychological Services, School of Professional Studies Distance Learning, Teaching and Learning Technologies and University Libraries.