We support openness—both in sharing what we know and what we do. On this page, we share what our teams have done this year, what they’re working on now, and what they have planned next. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of this work or collaborate with us.

Tracking our progress for 2023-24.

Teaching Innovation

The Teaching Innovation team consults with and advises Duke faculty on their teaching, leads development programs for educators and helps improve student learning at Duke.

Up next:

  • Support for 6 two-week-long summer faculty cohorts preparing to teach with Canvas in fall 2023, including offering 4 workshops per cohort, 1:1 consultations and office hours.
  • Developing webpage about best practices in teaching evaluation.
  • Assisting with Duke’s efforts in a 2023-24 Ithaka-sponsored research project on AI impacts on teaching and learning.


Recently completed:

  • Collaborated with the Language, Arts & Media Program (LAMP) to provide course consulting for this year’s group of Bacca Fellows.
  • Coordinated 5 spring 2023 events, programs and blog posts related to ChatCPT/AI in teaching.
  • Managed the digital projects of five 2022-23 Bass Digital Education Fellows across multiple disciplines.
  • Offered a 2022-23 Inclusive Teaching event series to include faculty discussion sessions, workshops hosted by campus partners, and invited speakers.
  • Onboarded two new STEM Teaching Consultants.
  • Offered a second cohort of Collaborative Project Course Fellowship, May – December 2022, in partnership with Bass Connections (read about the first one here).
  • Offered spring Small Group Instructional Feedback sessions and spring Visit a Classroom groups.
  • Support assessment efforts related to introductory Math courses by leading, and training Math staff to lead, Small Group Instructional Feedback sessions for all sections in two intro Math courses in fall 2022.
  • Offered an end-of-term check-in meeting for the Summer 2022 cohort of the Active Learning Institute.
  • Summer Course Development Grant support including three-day kick-off workshop May 17-19, 2022, monthly summer meetings and individual consulting as needed for 10 summer course design projects through August 2022.

Learning Technologies

The Learning Technologies team breaks down barriers between teaching, learning, and technology at the university.

Up next:

  • Hiring additional team members to assist with Canvas and DestinyOne operations.
  • Prepare for training and support options for majority of Duke to move to Canvas.
  • Onboard internal teams to Zendesk for end user support.
  • Prioritize changes to DestinyOne in support of Continuing Studies.
  • Develop integration between OIT’s Name Pronunciation service and Canvas.
  • Finalize plans for UDOIT and Wooclap pilots for next academic year.


  • LMS Transition from Sakai to Canvas.
  • Supporting several learning technologies with faculty consultation and training and vendor liaison activities.
  • Collaborate with OIT on support, communication and documentation of changes and features in enterprise tools that support Flexible Teaching — ex: Zoom, Panopto, Warpwire 
  • Review LTI integration policies with Duke OIT.
  • Pilots of Ed Lessons and Workspaces, Wooclap, and UDOIT Accessibility.
  • Represent Duke as a member of the Ivy+ Directors of Academic Computing group.
  • Represent Duke as a member of the Learning Technology Consortium.

Recently completed:

  • Deploy user pronouns from Duke directory into Canvas.
  • Finalize training and content migration plans for Canvas early adopters.
  • Reconfigure Zendesk, Monday, and Slack to support both DLI and Continuing Studies.
  • Hiring new team members, Ashley Walker, Barbara Thompson, and Heather Valli.
  • Updated Sakai Add Participants to provide better error messaging for non-roster users trying to access Sakai sites.
  • Assist with the integration between Sakai and DukeHub for the Academic Integrity Tutorial.
  • Ed Discussions pilot – Ed Discussions has been licensed for the 22-23 academic year.

Learning Experience Design

The Learning Experience (LX) Design team helps faculty develop online learning opportunities that offer flexibility to Duke students, reach the extended community of alumni and prospective students and extend Duke’s global impact.

Up next:

  • Update Duke’s Coursera course on Managing Big Data with MySQL, with new assessments and tools for learners to practice using MySQL.
  • Update Duke’s TA Training Coursera course, a training requirement for all Duke undergraduate and graduate teaching assistants.
  • Set strategic goals and determine course development priorities for Duke’s Center for Computational Thinking (CCT).
  • Planning development for Climate Solutions for Leaders, the second course in a non-credit certificate being developed by Duke Environment and Duke’s Office of Climate and Sustainability.

Ongoing: Courses & Programs Currently in Production

  • Continuing to providing support learning design and edtech support for UNIV 103 Let’s Talk About Digital You, Duke’s third university-wide course and collaboratively developed with faculty across Duke, Duke CCT, Duke Science and Society, Duke Learning Innovation and Lifetime Education, and the Duke Innovation Co-Lab.
  • Completing launch and marketing of Duke Engineering’s Specialization on Blockchain Applications.
  • Building the next two courses of the Data Science with Python Specialization: Pandas for Data Science and Python Software Development.
  • Providing media production support for a Coursera course co-developed by faculty at Duke and Princeton: Plato, Cicero, and Today’s World.
  • Redesigning Duke Divinity’s Rediscovering the Heart of Methodism course series as a Coursera Specialization.
  • Designing Duke Divinity’s HR Management for Churches and complete Duke Divinity’s Specialization, Church Administration.
  • Designing the first course of a non-credit certificate jointly offered by Duke Environment and Duke’s Office of Climate and Sustainability, Climate Change for Leaders. The first course is titled Climate Science for Everyone.
  • Developing a new Specialization on Data Science with R Programming with the Department of Statistical Science. The digital course materials will help Trinity A&S scale STA 199 Introduction to Data Science as well as meet the data science skills needs of Duke alumni and professionals.
  • Working with Duke Law to redesign their in-person program on Multi-District Litigation to an online, self-paced format.
  • Wrapping up a market research study on Duke alumni needs for professional education in climate, sustainability, and environment.
  • Developing a new framework and process for course development project agreements.
  • Partnering with the Teaching Innovation and Learning Technologies teams in Learning Innovation to provide training and support to faculty transitioning from teaching with Sakai to Canvas.

Recently completed:

Research, Evaluation & Development

The RED team supports research and experimentation in teaching and learning across the Duke community with an emphasis on early-stage projects and translational research.

Up next:

  • Partnering with Duke Libraries to explore the impact of AI through the Ithaka S+R project


  • Publishing a book in the Transforming Teaching series that focuses on inclusive and equitable teaching practices
  • Partnering with Dr. Sheila Patek, director and founder of Muser, to conduct research on the impacts of using technology to anonymously match undergraduates to faculty-led research opportunities
  • Supporting over 20 faculty-led research projects on teaching and learning
  • Supporting our team’s transition from Sakai to Canvas

Recently completed:

  • Presenting our study on designing an edtech tool using Value Sensitive Design at the EDUCAUSE conference and that the American Education Research Association (AERA) conference
  • Creating data visualizations for an evaluation and research study for  the Romance Studies department
  • Providing data collection, analysis, and recommendations for a climate survey for the Chemistry department focusing on improving diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Supporting the Trauma-Informed Teaching, Learning, and Education Bass Connections team to conduct research on how student experiences of trauma affect teaching and learning at Duke

Recent Publications

Reavis, G., and Rogers, H. (Forthcoming).  Embedding values in higher education edtech: Creating a discussion tool with VSD. Educational Technology Research and Development.

Clayton, A. B., Worsham, R., E. & Reavis, G. (2022).  Summer melt and delayed enrollment: Unpacking high school seniors’ college intentions and later decisions.  Journal of the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 34(1): 61-78.

Reavis, G., Antonicci, N. & Manturuk, K. (2021). A lot has become muted:” Supporting LGBTQ+ students living at home during the covid-19 pandemic. In K. Bista, K., Allen, R. M., & Chan, R. Y.  (eds.), Impacts of COVID-19 on International Students and the Future of Student Mobility (pp. 91-103). Routledge.

Manturuk, K. & Reavis, G. (2021).  Pedagogical implications of covid-19: A case study of what faculty learned about teaching well by teaching remotely during the covid-19pandemic. In Bista, K., Allen, R. M., & Chan, R. Y.  (eds.), The Impacts of COVID-19 on Higher Education: Global Perspectives (pp. 154-166). STAR Scholars.