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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators

Educational Technology Support & Resources

Feinberg physician presenting on Zoom

Knowing how busy faculty are with clinical duties, teaching duties, and the general anxiety of the times in which we live, we offer a variety of ways for you to get support with the educational technologies you use in your teaching practice.

Virtual Consultations

We strongly encourage everyone to have at least one virtual consultation with an educational technologist before your first teaching session. We are happy to meet with you at a time that is ideal for you. To request a consultation, complete this brief form and someone will reach out within 24 hours.

Remote Teaching Studio

If you’re feeling confident with Zoom and the other technologies you’ll be using, you might consider taking advantage of the Remote Teaching Studio on campus. The Remote Teaching Studio is set up, fully supported, and ready to help you accomplish whatever you want to do in your session. In addition, you can use this space to record lectures or demonstrations. Simply complete this form, and someone will contact you within 24 hours to assess your needs and finalize the arrangements.

Lab learningRemote Teaching Primer

Shifting to a remote teaching model can feel overwhelming. We have developed this remote teaching primer to help you embrace the change and find your confidence in this new environment.

Online Teaching Resources

If you prefer to learn on your own, and at your own pace, we’ve assembled a collection of the latest resources for you. We’ve organized these by the technology, so click the technology you’d like to delve into below.


Zoom is the Northwestern University supported technology for hosting virtual meetings, virtual classes, and virtual office hours.

Faculty should think of Zoom as the backbone of their virtual classroom. Zoom adds new features frequently so we encourage you to check here periodically to see the expanded possibilities of what you can do in your teaching practice when using Zoom. It’s also important to keep Zoom updated on your machine as updates are rarely pushed to you.

Helpful Links

 Panopto (Lecture capture and video storage)

Panopto is a lecture capture and video storage/hosting platform that is widely used in higher education.

What is Panopto and how would I use it as a faculty member?

Watch this short video to learn more.

More About Panopto

You can record yourself directly from your laptop or desktop, upload videos you make with your phone, or assemble a narrated PowerPoint session or demo of something on your screen. In addition, you can embed “learning checks” in the video – simple questions that keep the students engaged, and also ensure they are learning the content.

To use Panopto as a video recorder, you’ll first need to download their free software.

Helpful Links

 TurningPoint Technologies (Student Response System)

TurningPoint Technologies is the supported student response system used widely at Feinberg.

Often referred to as “clickers”, these devices are useful in remote and face-to-face teaching situations. They keep students engaged, and the feedback that students provide with well-written and well-placed questions can help guide your presentation or lecture.

Helpful Links



 Canvas (Northwestern’s Learning Management System)

Canvas is the official learning management system for Northwestern University, and for most R1 institutions.


Piazza is a flexible discussion board tool.

Many Feinberg students and faculty use Piazza for extending conversations, getting direct assistance from faculty, and collaborating with fellow students to solve problems, deepen their understanding, and enrich the conversation.

Helpful Link

Piazza Support Page

Learn More

To learn about best practices for using Piazza, please reach out to Joe Horne.


 Other Educational Technologies

The Feinberg School of Medicine offers several other teaching technologies, and new technologies are being added all the time.

This list is not comprehensive. If you are interested in experimenting or using any of the following technologies in your teaching practice, please contact Joe Horne to learn more. You can also contact Joe to inquire about adding a new technology that will support your teaching.

  • Nearpod
  • HoloLens 2
  • Aquifer
  • Brainscape
  • Complete Anatomy
  • iHuman
  • Lecturio
  • LucidCharts
  • Nowpow
  • Poll Everywhere
  • Thieme
  • Open Canopy (Spanish Language Learning for Medical Professionals

Contact Us

If you can’t find what you need, or you want to make some suggestions, or you just want to discuss an idea on how to use an educational technology, please contact We’ll respond to your inquiry within one business day.