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Remote Teaching Resources

As Northwestern expands its remote teaching offerings in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, TGS has compiled the resources available across campus for teaching assistants and graduate students who are teaching or mentoring students at the University. Below, you will find:

Remote Teaching Resources

AccessibleNU

AccessibleNU works with students with disabilities. They are committed to providing an accessible, supportive, and challenging environment for all students who attend the University. Please email AccessibleNU or call 847.467.5530 if there are any questions about accommodation notifications, concerns about a student registered with AccessibleNU or to get advice about if a student should consider registering with AccessibleNU.

Canvas Learning Center and Tool Resources

In July 2020, faculty and staff from across Northwestern came together to share overviews of and instructional ideas for a variety of educational technology tools. The tools listed are not a comprehensive list of available tools but should help with exploring solutions for teaching needs.

Kellogg Teaching Virtually Resources

Kellogg offers a website of evolving collection of tips, resources, and training opportunities to support remote teaching (NetID required).

McCormick Online and Hybrid Teaching Resources

McCormick has compiled a website for online and hybrid teaching resources.

Northwestern Digital Learning “Keep Teaching” Resources

This website organized and compiled resources for teaching remotely and in hybrid, synchronous, and asynchronous modalities.

Northwestern Teaching and Learning Technologies Workshops

Northwestern University’s Information Technology unit offers virtual workshops on a variety of teaching topics.

Center for Talent Development Tips for Online Teaching

Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development, which offers more than 200 online courses designed for advanced learners, has provided innovative distance and online learning for more than three decades. This website offers 10 tips to help educators who must suddenly make the switch to full-time online instruction in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

SPS Remote Teaching Resources

The School of Professional Studies (SPS) Office of Distance Learning has a website to help faculty teach online.

Community of Practice Experience (C)PE) Resources and Best Practices

Communities of Practice Experience (COPE) in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences offers faculty opportunities to share pedagogical approaches, discuss concerns, and ask technical questions during this complex quarter of remote teaching and learning.  This document compiles some of the challenges, best practices, and additional resources discussed in COPE sessions throughout Spring 2020 Quarter.

Resources for Assisting and Referring Students

In the following resources, you should first contact the instructor of record for the course (and/or your director of graduate studies or department chair) to discuss the next steps. Many of the next steps should be taken in concert with the instructor.

Concern that a student is a threat to others or self

Recommended Action(s):

  • If you believe that you and or someone else may be in any kind of immediate physical danger at any time, call 911 or NUPD at 847.491.3456.
  • If safety is not an immediate concern, contact CAPS for further consultation. The CAPS counselor on call should help you determine the next steps. 

Contact/Resources:

  • If immediate danger: Call 911 (or 847.491.3456)

Concern about a student’s psychological well-being

Recommended Action(s):

  • Ensure student knows that Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is a resource; call CAPS for consultation, if necessary. Refer to the resources listed above in the case of threat/danger.

Contact/Resources:

Program is unable to get in touch with student for one (1) week or more despite repeated efforts

Recommended Action(s):

  • Contact the instructor of record and your director of graduate studies to consult. In the case that there is concern for the student and you have made attempts to get a response (email, phone, and text) contact Student Assistance and Support Services (SASS) in the Dean of Students office for guidance. If a student is in imminent danger, please bypass SASS and immediately reach out to NUPD for assistance.

Contact/Resources:

Student reports discrimination

Recommended Action(s):

  • If the discrimination is not gender-based, submit an incident report via RespectNU. A member of the Bias Incident Response Team will follow up with you. If the discrimination is gender-based and involves a student, contact the Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Report incidents of discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access and refer the student.

Contact/Resources:

Student reports sexual misconduct (including sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, dating/domestic violence, and sexual harassment)

Recommended Action(s):

  • Contact the Office of Equity and visit the Sexual Misconduct Response & Prevention website for additional guidance.
    • Please note, contacting The Office of Equity is required any time a mandated reporter (including teaching assistant, faculty, or staff member) becomes aware of sexual misconduct experienced by a student. It is also ideal to refer students to the appropriate emergency service and Center for Awareness, Response and Education (CARE).

Contact/Resources:

Student is accused of academic misconduct (cheating, plagiarism)

Recommended Action(s):

  • Consult the home department/program of the course (directors of undergraduate and graduate studies and/or department chair) to confirm school-specific policies and procedures.

Contact/Resources:

Accusation is made re: research misconduct

Recommended Action(s):

  • Contact the Office for Research Integrity

Contact/Resources:

Student requests accommodations related to a disability

Recommended Action(s):

  • Refer the student to AccessibleNU to evaluate if the student is eligible to register and receive reasonable accommodations.

Contact/Resources:

Student requests accommodations related to pregnancy, lactation or parenting

Recommended Action(s):

  • Refer to the policy on “Accommodations for Pregnant and Parenting Students”. Students who wish to discuss or request accommodations based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions, should contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students.

Contact/Resources:

Student is romantically involved with faculty or staff member or with another student who has evaluative authority over them

Recommended Action(s):

Contact/Resources:

International student has questions about visa status, work authorization, or resources for international students

Recommended Action(s):

  • Refer to Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISS) adviser for visa issues or questions/concerns re: acculturation, workshops/events, and other resources.

Contact/Resources:

  • OISS or call 847.491.5613 

Student requests, or you believe the student needs, academic support

Recommended Action(s):

  • The Academic Support and Learning Advancement office provides peer tutoring, study groups, academic leadership development, and more.

Contact/Resources:

Student needs writing support

Recommended Action(s):

  • The Writing Place is Northwestern’s center for peer writing consultations. A Writing Place consultant can help at any stage of the writing process, from talking about ideas to developing a plan to revising and editing a draft.

Contact/Resources:

Campus Resources For Informal Advising Of Undergraduate Students

The campus resources in this section can assist in engaging students in need and can serve as useful referral destinations.

NUHelp

A great resource for advisers and students; a one-stop for academic support resources, contacts, and numbers when with a student of concern, reporting information for a student concern, etc.

Contact Information

AccessibleNU (ANU)**

AccessibleNU gathers and evaluates documentation, information, and requests to determine eligibility for accommodations and services; provides, coordinates, and facilitates reasonable accommodations and services; recommends modifications to improve access to campus facilities and transportation services; provides information and training on disability-related topics to faculty and staff; and serves as a resource on disability information for the University. The majority of students served by this office do not have a physical disability; rather, they have learning disabilities, AD/HD, Asperger’s, etc.

Contact Information

  • Phone: 847.467.5530
  • Email
  • Address: 2122 Sheridan Road, Suite 130
  • Website
**This is one of six departments in the Dean of Students Office

Campus Life

Campus Life directly works with student organizations and involvement; this is the office advisers will contact if students have concerns with becoming involved in student organizations or are interested in starting a student organization.

Contact Information

  • Phone: 847.491.2350
  • Email
  • Address: 1999 Campus Drive (Norris, 3rd floor)
  • Website

Center for Awareness, Response, and Education (CARE)**

CARE responds to sexual violence/assault cases, does education work surrounding healthy relationships and sexual health, and meets with students one-on-one to answer questions regarding sexual help and other care items; in times of emergency, an adviser’s first contact should always be University Police.

Contact Information

  • Phone: 847.491.2054
  • Email
  • Address: 633 Emerson Street (3rd floor)
  • Website
**This is one of six departments in the Dean of Students Office

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

The number provided is the main CAPS line; this is the number to contact regardless of the time when concerned about a student; there is an answering service after hours as a CAPS counselor is on call 24 hours a day; CAPS houses a number of workshops and care-based programs (such as a stress management clinic) in addition to counseling.

Contact Information

  • Phone: 847.491.2151
  • Address: 633 Emerson Street (2nd floor)
  • Website

Fraternity and Sorority Life

This office advises all social-based fraternities and sororities on campus; this office will be a useful contact for any student concerns that arise during formal recruitment periods (January for most organizations) as 40% of undergraduate students are involved with a fraternity or sorority.

Contact Information

  • Phone: 847.491.4522
  • Email
  • Address: 1999 Campus Dr (Norris 3rd Floor)
  • Website

Health Promotion and Wellness (HPaW)

The main reason that most advisers contact this office is for students needing support or education surrounding alcohol and other drugs through programs such as Red Watch Band Training, Step UP! bystander intervention training, and others.

Contact Information

  • Phone: 847.491.2146
  • Email
  • Address: 633 Emerson St (3rd Floor)
  • Website

Multicultural Student Affairs

Contact Information

  • Phone: 847.467.6200
  • Address: 1936 Sheridan Road
  • Website

New Student and Family Programs**

This office coordinates Wildcat Welcome, Parent and Family Orientation, Family Weekend, Wildcat Weekends, and other first-year and family initiatives (including electronic communication) throughout the year.

Contact Information

  • Phone: 847.467.3988
  • Email
  • Address: 2122 Sheridan Rd, Suite J100
  • Website
**This is one of six departments in the Dean of Students Office

Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA)

Students can meet one-on-one with a career counselor (there are counselors specifically assigned to each of the six undergraduate schools); the office assists in finding a major, internship, or career and hosts a number of programs and events during the year to help students prepare for life after Northwestern (this includes internship and job fairs, resume workshops, etc.)

Contact Information

Office of Community Standards**

Questions advisers or students have regarding the student code of conduct, the student handbook, conduct cases or the University Hearing and Appeals System (UHAS) should be directed to this office.

Contact Information

  • Phone: 847.491.4582
  • Email
  • Address: 601 University Place
  • Website
**This is one of six departments in the Dean of Students Office

Office of International Student and Scholar Services

OISS works with international students in a number of capacities, whether it is to assist with their entry and orientation to the University (and American culture) or to act as support during their tenure at the University; they also host social-based programs throughout the year for international students.

Contact Information

  • Phone: 847.491.5613
  • Email
  • Address: 630 Dartmouth Place
  • Website

Religious & Spiritual Life (RSL)

This office is available for students needing spiritual support, guidance, or engagement. For spiritual students, Religious Life is a viable option for one-on-one conversations when in times of stress, question, and uncertainty.

Contact Information

  • Phone: 847.491.2298
  • Email
  • Address: 1870 Sheridan Rd
  • Website

RespectNU

This is the website for reporting a bias incident; there are different ways in which these incidents can be reported depending on situation and status (faculty, staff, student) including online, by phone, and in person.

Contact Information

Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching

For any students that may want/need academic support (especially through peer mentoring outlets), Searle is a fantastic resource as they house (or co-host) programs such as Academic Mentoring Program (AMP), Gateway Science Workshop (GSW), Peer-Led Undergraduate Student (PLUS) program, and the Undergraduate Program for Advancing Learning (UPAL).

Contact Information

  • Phone: 847.467.2338
  • Email
  • Address: 627 Dartmouth Place
  • Website

Student Assistance and Support Services (SASS)**

Students Assistance and Support Services (SASS) supports, educates and assists students challenged with complex issues, crises and other barriers that impede academic success and overall wellness. SASS fosters the development of skills that promote agency and resilience.

Contact Information

  • Phone: 847.491.4582
  • Email
  • Address: 601 University Place
  • Website
**This is one of six departments in the Dean of Students Office

Student Enrichment Services (SES)

SES works with low-income and/or first-generation students to enhance their academic success, personal development, and professional growth. Through campus-wide partnerships, SES builds an inclusive Northwestern community by engaging students and their allies with programming and dialogue around the low-income and/or first-generation experience.

Contact Information

  • Phone: 847.491.5591
  • Email
  • Address: Foster Walker, House 6, Room 5101
  • Website

Student Financial Services

This office is an umbrella for financial aid, billing, student account, and student loan services; the individual a student should talk to within the office depends on the student, the topic, and the background so it is best to start with the main number provided above; their website also provides a great deal of helpful information.

Contact Information

  • Phone: 847.491.8950
  • Email
  • Address: 555 Clark Street
  • Website

Work-Study Program

Students should contact this office with questions regarding work-study eligibility and the type of positions open.

Contact Information

  • Phone: 847.491.7574
  • Email
  • Address: 1801 Hinman Avenue
  • Website

Academic Advising for First-Year Students

The listing below indicates the persons responsible specifically for advising first-year students.

Bienen School of Music

Students should contact the adviser assigned to them by the School of Music. If they have additional questions, they should call the Assistant Dean for Admission and Student Affairs Linda A. Jacobs.

Contact Information:

  • Assistant Dean for Admission and Student Affairs: 847.491.3818
  • Website

McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science (Tech)

Students should contact the adviser assigned to them by McCormick. If they have additional questions, they should contact the Academic Services Office or they can contact the Office of Undergraduate Engineering.

Contact Information:

  • Academic Services Office: 847.491.5341
  • Office of Undergraduate Engineering: 847.491.7379
  • Website

Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing, and Communications

Students should contact the adviser assigned to them by Medill. If they have additional questions, they should call the Student Life Advising Team.

Contact Information:

  • Student Life Advising Team: 847.467.1882
  • Website

School of Communication

Advising for first-year students is coordinated by the Associate Dean for Advising and Student Affairs.

Contact Information:

School of Education and Social Policy (SESP)

Students should contact the adviser for their program.

Contact Information:

  • Human Development & Psychological Services, & Social Policy: 847.491.3790
  • Learning and Organizational Change: 847.467.1481
  • Secondary Education: 847.491.5362
  • Website

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences (WCAS)

Students should contact the adviser assigned to them by WCAS. If they have additional questions, they should contact the WCAS Office of Undergraduate Studies. If a student has a question about the first-year combined BA/BM with the Bienen School of Music, they should contact Bienen’s Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.

Contact Information:

  • WCAS Office of Undergraduate Studies: 847.491.7560
  • Bienen’s Assistant Dean for Student Affairs: 847.491.3818
  • Website