Year In Progress

Tracking our progress for 2019-20. For 2018-2019, see our most recent Annual Report. To read more about our priorities for 2018-2020, visit the About page

Highlights – March 2020

  • Duke Kunshan University – Session 3 and 4 online support and transitions
  • Digital Citizenship modules with CoLab/OIT
  • Duke Divinity – Theology and Healthcare Certificate online (design phases); market research for Divinity
  • Kits – presentations and interest from other institutions; continuing to build interest
  • Pilots continuing Spring 2020: Nudge and Gradescope; new pilot: ThingLink; a team-creation/assignment tool: CATME
  • Applications due March 6 for our next Active Learning Fellowship and our Course Design Institute by Friday May 6!!! Can’t decide? Maybe this will help:

Upcoming Events:

More Events

Duke’s Unique Teaching Spaces: The Rubenstein Arts CenterHear about current and upcoming exhibits and programs and discuss how you can make the Rubenstein Arts Center a part of your class as you enjoy a tour of the gallery, exhibits, multipurpose rooms, and studios.

Thursday, March 19
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Rubenstein Arts Center (the Ruby), 2020 Campus Drive

 Learn More and Register »

Update your Kit: Moving from Toolkits to Kits
Thursday, March 19

Duke’s Unique Teaching Spaces: The Game Lab
Thursday, March 26

Learning Innovation Office Hours
Wednesdays and Thursdays

Teaching Innovation

Up next:

  • Planning the next DKU Learning Innovation Fellows for DKU cohort #3 in Spring 2020
  • Visit a Classroom sessions of our Active Learning Fellowship Summer-Fall 2019.
  • Partnering with Bass Connections to help faculty design, develop and teach Collaborative Inquiry courses (program runs Dec 2019-Dec 2020).
  • Partnering with Online Duke team to help design and implement 4 hybrid Divinity School courses.
  • Partnering with Online Duke team to help design online four Digital Citizenship modules primarily for Duke students with CoLab/OIT.
  • Partnering with working with English for International Students and OIT to digitize the grading and course placement process for 200+ incoming graduate students in EIS, using an OIT-developed Qualtrics aggregator interface called QUAD.
  • Partner with Pratt faculty on the logistics and marketing for a series of 4 faculty workshops and working sessions on metacognition (first session).
  • Leading a spring 2020 course design program for faculty in NSOE’s Duke Environmental Leadership program.
  • Awarded Jump Start Grant to build active learning components in previously lecture-based Chem 410 course.
  • Working with the Learning Technology Services group to develop better ways to support anonymized grading using existing Duke teaching technologies.


  • Produce and distribute monthly email newsletter to over 2,300 Duke and external readers.
  • The Teaching Collaborative weekly workshop series for faculty and instructors.
  • Digital Education Fellows Program: supporting 7 graduate students with in-depth digital education projects, working with varied campus departments and Coursera.
  • Duke Faculty Development Collaborative: bi-monthly meetings of units at Duke which provide support and development for faculty teaching.
  • Duke Online Learning Collaborative (DOLC)
  • BRITE ideas Teaching and Research series
  • Leading discussion sessions on handling difficult classroom situations for NSOE departments.
  • Leading a pilot of ThingLink multimedia authoring environment.
  • Learning Innovation Office Hours Wednesdays and Thursdays: drop in times for faculty to receive consulting and simple training on teaching techniques and tools.
  • Supporting pilot of Gradescope with faculty consultation and training, and vendor liaison activities.


  • See our list of completed projects for 2018-2019 in our annual report
  • 2019 Course Design Institute
  • A three-workshop series on “Dynamic Lecturing and the Science of Learning,” by Todd Zakrajsek.
  • Learning outcomes workshop for PhD students in the Library’s Archival Expeditions program.
  • Partnered with Online Duke team to design and lead a course design workshop for 12 Divinity School faculty and academic staff.
  • Sent two staff to the POD Network Conference, the leading conference for educational and faculty developers.
  • Conducted three professional development workshops for faculty in English for International Students.
  • Launched “NextEd Labs at the Bullpen” new space for Triangle cluster and Duke students working in educational innovation (at the I&E space in the Imperial building).

Learning Technologies

Up next

  • Begin Sakai 20 upgrade preparations
  • Explore HAX content creation platform as a way to create once and embed them in platforms such as Sakai, Coursera, or WordPress
  • Explore ways to embed Jupyter Notebooks and other code sharing applications into Sakai
  • Explore anonymous grading and other positive pedagogical changes available using Sakai’s new grader interface


  • Kits – the Duke Learning App store – displays to learners a unified interface for accessing the instructional tools used by their learning communities. (First version released January 2019)
  • Gradescope pilot –Gradescope is a grading workflow application that saves faculty time spent in the grading process while creating stronger student assessment through standardized rubrics.
  • Sakai UI/UX development
  • Nudge project: Piloting Learning Boosters concept and technologies; student interns working on a new app based on the Ebbinghaus forgetting curve research


  • See our list of completed projects for 2018-2019 in our annual report
  • Co-sponsored Oct 7-8 – unconference on web components
  • Explored pilot – Sakai implementing a grading interface with annotations
  • Explored Nepris as a tool to support Career Services and Alumni in online mentoring – not moving forward at this time
  • Explored Examity/Sakai integration to increase academic integrity in online courses
  • Welcome Marty Soupcoff – new Learning Management System (LMS) Service Lead
  • Kits presented at EDUCAUSE Annual Conference and published in EDUCAUSE Review.

Online Duke

Up next

  • New specialization w/ SOM – electronic health records
  • Launched Fuqua Specialization: Entrepreneurial Finance: Strategy and Innovation 
  • Digital Citizenship modules with CoLab/OIT
  • Exploring how Learning Innovation can support the School of Medicine’s Office of Physician Scientist Development in the design of a flipped learning model for a master’s program on basic science research
  • Workshops on course design and online learning for Divinity faculty teaching hybrid courses in 2020
  • Exploring potential STEM courses to run as pilots for online summer session at Duke
  • Vetting possible Coursera MasterTracks with several Duke master’s programs including Pratt
  • Planning collaboration with Duke TIP on online learning experiences for high school students
  • Coursera for Campus -announced. Read Matthew Rascoff’s piece about the launch event held in India in October.

Ongoing (in production)

  • Producing a global health research podcast series with Eric Green in the Duke Global Health Institute, which are being used in Eric’s Research Design Methods master’s course
  • Developing online modules with the +Data Science Initiative and the Clinical & Translational Science Institute on foundational biostatistics for medical residents at Duke
  • Designing modules with the +Data Science Initiative on Machine Learning for Medicine
  • Supporting the Department of Anesthesiology in the developing of a year-long online fellowship for private practitioners
  • Conducting market research for the Sanford School of Public Policy on online and hybrid education for public policy professionals
  • Designing online lessons for Pratt MEM’s Marketing course with Kathie Amato; and consulting on the design of Pratt MEM’s Management course with Ted Ryan
  • C Programming marketing experiment w/ Pratt
  • Developing course proof-of-concept on “Sustainable Infrastructure” with the Nicholas Institute
  • With faculty in the Pratt School of Engineering and a Bass Digital Education Fellow, creating online modules on computational thinking and methods that complement Pratt’s engineering undergraduate curriculum
  • Consulting and planning on new Fuqua specialization on entrepreneurial finance and financial technology
  • Developing a Coursera course on Alice programming, a drag-and-drop computer language, and piloting the use of the course in the curriculum of three high school courses.
  • Pilot launch of Coursera for Duke Alumni (now called Forever Learning on Coursera)


  • Completed the design of a Systematic Review Methodology master’s course with Catherine Staton and João Vissoci in the Duke Global Health Institute
  • Supported David Boyd in revisions to his Coursera course, “The Challenges of Global Health”
  • Conducted market research for the Duke Global Health Institute on non-credit online education for professionals in global health
  • Ran the second session of Launch w/ Sanyin for Duke Alumni, with the Duke Alumni Association
  • Piloted online proctoring as part of a for-credit, online summer session course on Medical Neuroscience for undergraduates, in partnership with Len White in the Department Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Launched an additional module on Reinforcement Learning with Lawrence Carin, Vice President for Research, for Duke’s Coursera course, “Introduction to Machine Learning”
  • In partnership with the Duke Alumni Association, launched “Intentional Life Design for Physicians: Tools to Recover Your Calling“, a discussion-based online learning experience for alumni who are practicing physicians

Teaching Innovation R&D Lab

Up next

  • Piloting of a team-creation/assignment tool: CATME
  • Developing a database of outcome measures used in research on teaching and learning
  • Evaluating new approaches to collaborative, project-based teaching models
  • Building on the WALTer Toolkit to provide more templates and resources for instructors engaged in research on their teaching practice
  • Writing literature reviews on innovative teaching and learning research
  • Exploring technologies and pedagogies to reduce implicit bias in student assessment


  • Working with over ten faculty members to design and implement research studies in their classrooms
  • Engaging faculty in quantitative fields through a monthly journal club
  • Evaluating a research-based course experience for undergraduates with Amanda Hargrove
  • Consulting with faculty in the physics department to evaluate hybrid teaching models in introductory classes.
  • Exploring the relationship between goal visualization and course activity (internal LI project)