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Consultations Available Starting January 3, 2022

Due to Northwestern's shift to remote teaching for all courses during the weeks of January 3 and January 10, 2022, only 30- and 60-minute consultations will be available for those weeks. 90-minute consultations will be available after January 18.

Book Consultation Time With Us

The Distance Learning team is excited to consult with you about best practices for teaching and learning in your online class at the School of Professional Studies. Whether you are a new SPS instructor or have been teaching with us for many years, we want to ensure that we are available to assist you.

Although these consultations are offered by the Distance Learning team, instructors who teach face-to-face classes are welcome to schedule consultations.

All instructors: please indicate the format of your class (online, hybrid, or face-to-face) when you schedule a consultation.

You may book up to 48 hours in advance. For more pressing issues, see Additional Support Options below.

Questions

30 minutes

Meet with one of the Learning Designers or Instructional Technologists on our team to ask questions about online learning topics, including but not limited to:

  • Developing learning objectives
  • Using rubrics
  • Creating instructional videos
  • Writing engaging discussion prompts
  • Composing assignment feedback

You may also consider this a “Meet and Greet” session, learning more about the Distance Learning team and SPS’s expectations for online learning.

Brainstorming

60 minutes

Meet with one of the Learning Designers or Instructional Technologists on our team to brainstorm ideas for your online course, including but not limited to:

  • Designing new assignments
  • Implementing engagement strategies for synchronous sessions
  • Using digital annotation tools

Planning and Implementation

(Available after January 18, 2022)

90 minutes

Meet with one of the Learning Designers or Instructional Technologists on our team to plan and implement a project in your online course, including but not limited to:

  • Recording and captioning videos
  • Revising the steps of a final project 
  • Installing and writing directions for a new educational technology tool

Additional Support Options

These consultations are not designed to provide technical support. Please refer to the resources below if you need technical help with Canvas or University tools such as Outlook.