Education Leaders Share Insights on Digital Learning

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As part of the Bass Digital Education Fellowship Colloquium offered by Learning Innovation and the Duke Graduate School, fellows engage in a series of conversations with leaders in the field of digital education. These sessions are intended to give students an awareness of new directions and trends in educational innovation, helping graduate students explore emerging career paths in the growing area of digital education, learning design, and online program development in higher education and industry.

Read about our recent guest speakers and hear what graduate students learned from this experience:

Guest Speakers

Ganzert guest speaker
Bart Ganzert, EdD

Dr. Bart Ganzert is Senior Faculty Development Specialist with The Center for Innovative and Transformative Instruction at Winston-Salem State University. He shared highlights about the work of the Center, his role in faculty development, and the many opportunities in higher education to support faculty in digital learning. Ganzert is very active professionally in the field, and shared trends and future directions in digital education, access and equity in education.

Dr. Ganzert made some very interesting points about digital education and access, and how universities have an important role in bringing students towards digital literacy while taking into account their potentially challenging learning conditions.

– Tatiana Lluent, PhD, Business Administration
Joana Jebsen, MBA

Joana Jebsen is President, O’Donnell Learn, a leading learning experience design firm focused on Higher Education and Workforce Learning. Jebsen shared the Purposeful Learning Design framework and discussed recent trends in the field, sharing information on stackable credentials and micro credentialing, along with recent developments in the design of inclusive flexible learning environments that meet learners needs where they are.

Joana Jebsen’s emphasis on “humanizing” online learning is a good reminder that instructor-student rapport and classroom community is as important in online teaching as it is in face-to-face instruction. Accessibility is critical for learning design. It serves the student-centered teaching philosophy by realizing the need for flexibility, by using accessible technologies and by choosing affordable teaching materials. 

-Qingran Li, PhD, Environmental Policy (Economics)
Zakaria Jouaibi, PhD

Dr. Jouaibi is a Senior Instructional Designer with the Office of E-Learning, NCCU Online with North Carolina Central University. Jouaibi is a Quality Matters Certified Program Reviewer and Quality Matters Master Reviewer. Fellows appreciated the opportunity to learn about research supported best practices on quality frameworks for designing online instruction, as well as how the Quality Matters framework is applied to the design of high quality digital learning experiences and high quality online courses.

Ellen Murphy, JD is Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and
Professor of Practice at Wake Forest Law. She has previously served as Wake Forest Law School’s first Assistant Dean of Instructional Technologies & Design where she developed the first online Master of Studies in Law program.

By teaching online, Ellen Murphy has been able to impact the lives of many more people than she could have in a face-to-face setting. Not only have her online courses been taken by people all over the country, enlisted soldiers have studied law while on active duty in a war zone. Reaching as many people as possible is one of the tenets of education, which digital pedagogy helps to make a reality.

Anderson Hagler, PhD candidate, History

Learn More About The Bass Digital Education Fellowship Program

The Bass Digital Education Fellowship  offers PhD students an opportunity to collaborate on digital projects in partnership with Duke faculty and under the guidance of Learning Innovation, where we support faculty to advance teaching innovation, to explore new technologies for learning, and to develop new online education models and programs. Fellows who complete the program will also partially fulfill the requirements for the Certificate in College Teaching.

The program helps graduate students develop new skills to distinguish themselves in the academic job market and to explore emerging career paths in education technology, digital publishing, online education, and teaching and learning innovation. Fellows will consult with Duke departments and/or individual faculty to uncover needs, research solutions, draft project proposals, and execute a digital project in support of undergraduate education. 

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