Learning Innovation Seeks University Partners to Pilot Kits

Duke Kits app icons

Do faculty at your university feel overwhelmed by all the learning applications available to them?  Do they often have trouble finding the right application for their teaching needs? Or feel frustrated by trying to add their students to many different apps?  Kits can help.

Kits is a new learning platform in development at Duke University.  Kits makes it easy for faculty to find the right application for their teaching need, and share that learning app with their students.  Here’s how it works.

When faculty login to Kits, they see a card for every course they are teaching.  We call this card a ‘kit’. Using the Add App option for the kit, faculty can browse the app store in Kits for the right tool to use for their teaching need.

Course kit

The App Store provides a single place for faculty to browse apps and learn more how each one can be used pedagogically.  This makes it easy for faculty to find the right app for their teaching need.

Kits App Store

A course kit automatically includes the course roster with all students and instructors having instant access to the kit.  Adding collaborators such as teaching assistants or academic support staff is easy. Once added, these new collaborators get access to all apps in the kit.

Add user to kit

Both faculty and students have the flexibility of adding an app or resource to their kit with the custom link option in the app store.  Examples for using this option might be any app that has a share-by-link option such as Slack, Google Docs, or Padlet.

Kits Custom Link tool

If Kits would be a good fit for your university, reach out to me the Kits product manager, Jolie Tingen (jolie.tingen@duke.edu).  We are actively seeking new pilot partners to get faculty and institutional feedback on Kits beyond Duke. You can learn more about our work on Kits at learnwithkits.com or contact Jolie for a demo.

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Author: Jolie Tingen

Jolie provides support for Duke’s eLearning tools such as Sakai, WordPress, and Voicethread. She participates in the Sakai community, evaluates and tests new tools and enhancements to Sakai, and collaborates with the Office of Information Technology to support all eLearning applications at CIT. website