Connect with Fellow Duke Community Distance Educators and Support Staff

The Distance Education Special Interest Group at Duke (DE SIG @ Duke) has announced their meeting agendas through June 2014. The group does not have a formal membership and all meetings are open to anyone who is interested in distance education – from the instructional, technical, or administrative perspective. Registration is requested for planning purposes, but not required. For dates and information about future DE SIG @ Duke meetings, and to register, see the CIT event page:

Below are the DE SIG @ Duke meeting agendas through June (all meetings will take place in Bostock Library Room 024 (CIT Instructional Technology Lab):

Notes: the group regularly meets the same time on the second Tuesday of even-numbered months, and each meeting includes time for open discussion and opportunities to network with others from around Duke who are involved with distance education.

February 11, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

  • Dr. Lynne O’Brien, Associate Vice Provost for Digital and Online Education Initiatives, will talk about her new role, Duke’s goals for recent online Education Initiatives, and what Duke is doing to accomplish these goals. She will share some key results including impact on campus courses, trends in online education outside Duke, and how those trends might affect Duke.
  • Hugh Crumley (Ph.D., Director, Certificate in College Teaching), Keri Hamilton (Ph.D. student in Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology & Bass Online Apprentice), and Sophia Stone (Ed.D., Senior Academic Technology Consultant, CIT) will discuss the Graduate School’s Bass Undergraduate Instructional Program and its impact on preparing future faculty for positions in college teaching, with an understanding of online higher education.

April 8, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

  • Dr. Jane Blood-Siegfried, Professor, Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON), will present “12 Things you should never do when you teach online.” Throughout the presentation, each of the “12 Things” will be open for discussion. Then, Dr. Blood-Siegfried will ask the group, “What ‘things’ would you add to this list?”
  • Marc Sperber, Instructional Design and Instructional Technology Consultant, DUSON, will present “Using quality improvement rubrics to design, assess, and improve your online courses.” This will also be a discussion-heavy presentation. After a brief introduction to QI tools, the group will review several tools and discuss the pros and cons of each considering a range of use cases and perspectives. Marc will also share a strategy he recently used to recruit several DUSON faculty to try out QI tools.

June 10, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Two technologies to increase student engagement:

  • Articulate Storyline, an e-learning authoring tool that allows for the development of interactive online and mobile courses. Michael Palko, Informatics Educator, Duke University Health System will give an overview of how the Providers Services team is using Storyline to create interactive simulations that teach staff how to use Maestro Care, Duke’s new electronic health record.  The discussion will include a review of that authoring tool as well as demonstration of some of the course content.
  • VoiceThread, a web-based tool that transforms media (images, documents, and videos) into a collaborative space for video, voice, and text commenting among students and instructors, asynchronously. VoiceThread was recently intergraded into Sakai.  Haiyan Zhou, Academic Technology Consultant, Duke Center for Instructional Technology will give a brief overview of the technology and show examples of VoiceThreads that Duke faculty have set up for their courses.
  • Understanding and Using Digital Badges by Sheryl Grant (HASTAC ) and Carl Melle (Duke University Continuing Studies)
Haiyan Zhou

Author: Haiyan Zhou

Haiyan consults with faculty on the integration of technology into their teaching, primarily with the Health Sciences, and on developing online course materials and planning ways to offer programs through online or blended online/face-to-face formats. Her professional interests include collaboration tools, online teaching methods, e-learning, and internationalization in higher education.