Two SESP Faculty Projects Earn Provost's Digital Learning Fellowship

Two SESP Faculty Projects Earn Provost's Digital Learning Fellowship

online learningTwo innovative online projects by School of Education and Social Policy faculty members will receive funding for the 2017-18 school year through the Provost’s Digital Learning Fellowship program at Northwestern University.

One award will continue to support the “Digital Portfolio Learning Ecosystem Project,” a Master’s in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) program initiative that will help students create a personal website documenting their graduate school experience and professional abilities.

The second fellowship will help create a computerized feedback tool for faculty members to improve communication and teaching, which is under development by Matthew Easterday, assistant professor of learning sciences; and Elizabeth Gerber, associate professor at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.

The awards, sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Faculty Distance Learning Workgroup, promote using educational technology to create innovative new ways of learning and teaching.

More details about each project follow:

Authoring Your Professional Self: An ePortfolio Design Course

Expanding on last year’s Digital Portfolio Ecosystem project, MSLOC has created an online, non-credit course will support MSLOC graduate students as they work to master the basics of ePortfolio, or electronic portfolios detail one’s learning journey over time. The course will also help students learn how to use ePortfolios to change their professional identity by publically reflecting on their work and showcasing their emerging expertise and credibility as a practitioner.

The ePortfolio Design Course project was developed by Jeff Merrell, associate director and lecturer of the MSLOC program; Melinda Turnley, assistant director and lecturer; and Kimberly Scott, director of MSLOC and assistant professor.

Computer-Supported Large Group Feedback

To help Northwestern faculty improve on the feedback they give and receive, Easterday and Gerber are implementing CRIT—a computer-supported large group feedback tool that blends the advantages of face-to-face and computer-mediated communication. The digital tool will help large groups of students to provide face-to-face and online feedback that’s as good as what a single instructor can give. Building on pilot work in Easterday’s and Gerber’s classes, CRIT will be deployed in 10 project-based courses in McCormick, SESP, School of Communication, Feinberg School of Medicine, and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences in Spring 2018.


By Julie Deardorff
Last Modified: 1/17/18