Year In Progress

Tracking our progress for 2018-19. For 2017-2018, see our most recent Annual Report.

Highlights – December 2018

Teaching Innovation

Up next:

  • Accepting applications for Active Learning Fellowship Summer-Fall 2019
  • Accepting applications for the 2019 Course Design Institute
  • Designing the Digital Education Fellows Program: this new graduate student development program will train graduate students to support innovative digital education projects and pair them with faculty to implement faculty project ideas
  • Collaborating with the Office of Faculty Advancement on the Faculty Advancement and Success event series
  • Consulting with faculty in the physics department to evaluate hybrid teaching models in introductory classes.
  • Partnering with Bass Connections to help faculty design, develop and teach Collaborative Inquiry courses
  • Partnering with Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education to reimagine undergraduate research opportunities
  • Planning the next DKU Learning Innovation Fellowship and related support for Duke faculty teaching at DKU


  • Fellows program for MA in Population Health 
  • Duke Online Learning Collaborative (DOLC)
  • BRITE ideas Teaching and Research series
  •  “Classroom Mode” experiment to investigate use of software to focus student online work on courses, to improve student productivity and attention/engagement.
  • Active Learning Fellowship Summer-Fall 2018: The Fellowship helps faculty deepen learning and increase student motivation for all students in their classrooms by using active learning techniques proven successful at Duke and elsewhere. May 2018 – December 2018
  • Hybrid Fellows program for languages faculty (in French, Spanish, Turkish, Hindi and Persian): intensive program for 9 faculty to redesign their Fall 2018 courses to include hybrid/online components. March 2018- December 2018. 
  • Working with Trinity Technology Services (Arts & Sciences IT) to better match classrooms to different teaching styles via a new collaboration with Sony on classroom design projects.
  • Re-envisioning language labs and support for languages (partnership with Trinity Technology Services). Formally announced Sony Future Learning Collaborative partnership
  • Learning Innovation Office Hours Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: drop in times for faculty to receive consulting and simple training on teaching techniques and tools.


Learning Technologies

Up next

  • 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.
  • Kits – the Duke Learning App store – displays to learners a unified interface for accessing the instructional tools used by their learning communities.
  • Zoom exploration/pilot for Fall
  • Moving Duke Extend off of Open Edx onto Sakai custom dev
  • Support and planning for Hacking for Defense course (Sowers and McClelland)
  • Exploring Nepris as a tool to support Career Services and Alumni in online mentoring


  • Entrepreneurship guide project (w/ John Fjeld – Duke I&E)
  • Grammarly pilot test – in progress
  • Exploring integrating informed consent for educational research participation in Sakai – in progress
  • PebblePad . New communications, outreach and support processes in place.
  • 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


Online Duke

Up next

  • Learning@Scale marketing and bite-size learning concepts w/ News and Communication
  • DGHI projects: Research Methods (w/ Eric Green); David Boyd MOOC (revisions); Systematic Review course
  • Launch w/ Sanyin (2nd run)
  • +DS Modules 2.0
  • Market analysis for: pre-med, post-bachelors; law; Sanford School
  • Exploring potential of program(s) for pre-med, post-bach online

Ongoing (in production)

  • Physician Engagement and Personal Thriving (w/ SOM, Divinity and Alumni) –  develop a five week online learning experience that trains working physicians personally (and potentially collectively) to address the problem of professional burnout in their careers.
  • MD Scientist course: Statistics for Scientists hybrid course (SOM project) – consult on the design of eight blended courses for a basic research training program (BRTP), as well as develop the first blended course based on Ted Slotkin’s graduate course, BME 733, “Experimental Design & Biostatistics for Basic Biomedical Students.”
  • C Programming marketing experiment w/ Pratt
  • consulting and planning on new Fuqua specialization on entrepreneurial finance and financial technology
  • Alice (Coursera course)
  • prepping public launch of US Civics (Coursera) – “Level Up” for Public Policy
  • Joan VanTuyl Russian Grammar Modules
  • NSOE Duke Marine Lab online course (in dev): Research Design and Methods in Environmental Social Sciences w/ Lisa Campbell. Focused on masters and PhD students.
  • Chimpanzee Behavior and Conservation Coursera course – with input of materials from the Jane Goodall Institute (and Jane herself).



Research, Evaluation and Development

Up next

  • Development and design for Re.View – Re.View is a web-based tool for collaboratively writing, annotating, and reviewing academic research manuscripts. Hosting Workflow Sprints December 18-20
  • WALTer – developing a process to streamline IRB approvals for educational research via Sakai
  • Evaluating Students’ Abilities to Self-Assess Course Learning” – Research project with Kristin Martinez-Stephens (Computer Science)
  • Explore integrating Qualtrics student surveys with Google smart speakers


  • 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)


  • Developing an online tool for students to record language learning experienced prior to Duke to improve language course placements
  • Cyber-incivility in online medical education (with DUSON)
  • Measuring sense of community on online courses (with faculty in chemistry, psychology, statistics)

Updates on current priority areas for 2018-2020

Blue Bridge (Redesign College Access Through Digital Learning)

Partner with Duke Undergraduate Admissions and high schools or community-based organizations to pilot a digital learning program for talented, low-income high school students that would allow them to sample Duke learning experiences, gain college-readiness skills, and introduce them to our community of learners.

Status: Pilot project in fall 2017 in partnership with RePublic High School. Seeking additional pilot sites for Fall 2018. We will continue to add pilots as we gather more efficacy data.

Mastery Learning Through Co-curriculum

  • Partner with Trinity and Pratt to support the digitally-enhanced redesign of first-year mathematics and science pathways courses (e.g. calculus and statistics), common bottlenecks to STEM majors, especially for at-risk groups.
  • Build 2-3 co-curricular “Level-Ups,” short digital learning experiences that help students meet the prerequisites of courses or programs (e.g., “Civic Engagement in American Democracy”), enhance skills (e.g. Online Roots courses), or bridge from college to careers (e.g., Coursera for Duke).
  • Link mathematics and statistics Level-Ups to the redesign of these courses, preparing students in areas of need and offering opportunities for deliberate practice.

Status: Civic Engagement in American Democracy (a.k.a. U.S. Civics Level Up) pilot and Coursera for Duke career bridge certificates both launched in January 2018. Interest from Trinity in applying Level-Ups to an overall strategy to rethink STEM intro courses. Other projects are in the exploratory phase.

Forever Duke Online

  • Build 2-3 online or hybrid learning experiences in partnership with the Alumni Association and Career Services to support alumni professional development, community, and engagement with Duke.
  • Programs currently in development include a new model of 4+4 career support for recent graduates that would support alums

Status: Three projects are under development 1) on the transitions of emerging adulthood (the “quarter-life crisis”); 2) physician burnout (with DAA and SOM Alumni Affairs); and 3) entrepreneurship (Alumni course on leadership w/ Sanyin Siang (launched May 2018)). Pursuing access to Duke’s Coursera courses and specializations for Duke Alumni.

Kits – the Duke Learning App Store

  • Reimagine Duke academic technology as a partnership with majors and programs that begins with learning goals and then designs a selection of learning apps and experiences that help faculty and students achieve those goals.
  • License approximately 30 new learning apps across the university; partner with OIT to integrate and support these technologies
  • Pilot “Designed Learning Experiences,” selections of learning apps curated by instructional designers and faculty, in 2-3 programs or courses (e.g., Nursing, Trinity calculus)
  • Assess which technologies deliver expected learning outcomes; scale up those that are effective; drop those that are not

Status: Partnered with Duke OIT to develop a “Discovery Overview” which details the overall need and lays out a development plan. Licensed GradeScope campus-wide. Continued partnership w/ Duke OIT to develop Kits. Development ongoing – first public release coming Fall 2018.

Learning R&D Lab

  • Establish a lab dedicated to applied research to improve Duke’s teaching and learning practices and environment and to develop new approaches to instructional challenges
  • Develop a “phased trial” approach that calibrates investments in pilots and scale-up as we gather more data on efficacy
  • Broker partnerships between learning scientists and faculty who are interested in offering their courses as test-beds
  • Develop policies and processes that balance student data privacy with the need for continuous improvement and evidence-based practices
  • Clean and securely share Duke’s Coursera data sets for research applications
  • Manage ONR collaborative review grant

Status: Establishing faculty partnerships, e.g., with Dr. Bridgette Hard in Psychology and Neuroscience. Hiring a Program Coordinator to support our ongoing evaluation and data collection efforts.

Online Professional Programs

  • Co-develop masters or certificate programs in partnership with a Duke professional school
  • Support the the development of these programs with an internal Online Program Management (OPM) model, that provides shared services (instructional design, production, market research) and investment from an internal venture fund in return for a revenue share or cost-recovery

Status: Assisting Pratt in the analysis of the potential new masters. Hired a Market Research Analyst to support new degree and certificate program opportunity analysis. Supporting Fuqua with consulting and research services for new specialization.

Digital Education Fellowship

  • Design a new graduate fellowship program that offers Duke PhD students valuable digital design and development skills, supports the learning needs of Duke students, and empowers Duke faculty with a new corps of graduate student apprentices
  • Partner with the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Affairs, Graduate School, and PhD Lab to co-teach a seminar that grounds Digital Education Fellows in digital pedagogy, connects Fellows with faculty clients, and supports Fellows through their apprenticeship

Status: Secured funding and negotiating with the graduate school for a launch in 2019.

Duke Kunshan University Learning Innovation Fellowship

  • In partnership with Duke Kunshan, design and offer a year-long online course design community and professional development program for all incoming Duke Kunshan faculty
  • Translate lessons to Duke faculty development programs, including creating a similar online community development approach to course design

Status: Fellowship began January 15. 1st Design residency held Feb 9-11th. 2nd Design residency March 19-23. Faculty completed working on syllabi and prepared for first sessions (April-June). Learning Innovation staff participated in interview process for next wave of DKU faculty.