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Refining Remote

Northwestern Engineering professors find their groove creating new learning tools and emphasizing mentorship.

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While the pandemic kept many academic communities apart this year, Northwestern Engineering thrived, finding new ways to educate students during an unprecedented situation.

After abruptly shifting away from in-person learning in March 2020, by Fall Quarter, professors got into their remote teaching rhythms. By Winter Quarter, they had further refined materials and lesson plans.

This shift meant transforming gaming from a pastime into a valuable learning tool, developing new gadgets to connect, tweaking in-person courses to fit the reality of remote, and doubling down on mentorship. Some new moves may find a permanent place in the McCormick School of Engineering’s pedagogy once students return to the classrooms and labs.