Highlights from the 2016 CIT Showcase

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the 2016 CIT Showcase on October 11th.


Here are a few notes from this year’s event.

  • Randy Bass’ keynote address was an inspiring call to universities to repackage how education is delivered. He suggested designing experimental curricula that challenge the traditional boundaries of undergraduate education, such as the rethinking the credit hour or what the requirements for graduation should be. His full speech can be viewed on the CIT Showcase website.
  • This year we introduced lightning rounds, in which three or four faculty described new teaching techniques or technologies they have been using. This format allowed attendees to get multiple inspirations for their own courses in a short amount of time. These were well-received and we hope this session format will make a return next year.
  • For the first time, we had an entire room dedicated to technology. Duke Digital Initiative had virtual reality gear on hand and spoke about funding for faculty to try cutting edge technologies in their own teaching. Videographers who help produce Coursera courses let faculty try out recording with a green screen and talked about resources available to faculty to create their own video content.


If you were hoping to have access to the slides from a session, or you weren’t able to attend, most of the presenters have made those available:  https://cit.duke.edu/showcase2016/presentation-slides/

One of the goals of the Showcase is to allow instructors to discover the teaching innovations of colleagues across campus. Don’t forget to spread the word to others if you enjoyed the Showcase, and don’t hesitate to join in the conversation by presenting next year.

Finally, we want to offer a huge thank you to our presenters. The Showcase would be nothing without you!




Elise Mueller, Ph.D.

Author: Elise Mueller, Ph.D.

Elise Mueller is the consultant for the language departments at Duke. Her goal is to support their teaching through sound pedagogy and educational technologies. She leads fellowships and workshops on blended teaching, student reflection, portfolios and course design. She is currently grappling with the meaning of a liberal arts education in the 21st century.