We partner with Duke faculty to support new approaches to student-centered teaching and active learning. We will work with you on pedagogies, technologies and other practices that increase learning—whether you teach in a classroom, lab, field site or online.

Faculty Support & Consulting

We work one-on-one with you to design courses and learning experiences for in-person, hybrid and online teaching.

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We can help you try new ideas, address teaching and learning challenges and create approaches that improve your experience as an instructor and enhance student learning.

Our consultants have advanced knowledge of pedagogy and technology, significant experience in college teaching, and subject area expertise in multiple disciplines.


Teaching Guides

Complement your personal teaching approach with these teaching techniques proven effective through evidence-based research. 

Our teaching guides offer suggestions for all aspects of course design. They were developed so that new and seasoned faculty can explore how to build a well-designed course on their own time. Topics include syllabus design, student-centered assessments, considerations for choosing content, inclusive teaching, teamwork and active learning.  


Workshops & Events

Come learn with us! We host workshops and events on best teaching practices year-round.

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Explore our calendar of teaching and learning workshops and events on topics like:

  • course design
  • using technologies 
  • dynamic classrooms
  • inclusive teaching practices
  • and more!

Fellowships and Institutes

Development programs that allow you to examine pedagogical topics in more depth.

Our programs are structured to allow instructors to build relationships with each other through open conversations about their teaching experiences and how they can implement new teaching techniques into upcoming courses. We offer two different experiences. 

Institutes are compact programs that allow faculty to explore a topic in-depth over a period of three to five days. Learn more about the following institutes we have developed:

Faculty Fellowships are themed cohort experiences, typically running from summer through fall or spring. Learn more about the following fellowships we offer:


Visit a Classroom

Celebrate good teaching, see the classroom from the perspective of a student and formulate plans and ideas to enhance your own teaching and classroom experience.

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The Visit a Classroom program provides Duke faculty with an opportunity to gain new teaching perspectives by observing their colleagues teaching in their classrooms. Learning Innovation will provide guidance on how to observe classes with an eye towards reflecting on your own teaching. At the end of the semester, the group will share insights and ideas for future courses.

Applications for the Visit a Classroom program are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year and will be in groups of three. 


Faculty Learning Communities

Change and learning come from reflection and collaboration.

Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) are groups of faculty who meet regularly to work together for an extended period of time to create connections and solve problems.

Recent Faculty Learning Communities are considering how to:

  • Create classroom climates that support learning through diversity, inclusion and belonging
  • Increase interest in transformative learning principles in Duke courses
  • Design and structure assessments to be more inclusive

Learning Innovation is happy to sponsor a Faculty Learning Community on a pedagogical or curricular topic of interest to a faculty group. 


Small Group Instructional Feedback

Gather information from students about their learning experience at the midpoint of the semester.

Faculty who wish to reflect on successes and identify areas for improvement in their courses can ask Learning Innovation to facilitate midterm evaluations. We use Small Group Instructional Feedback (SGIF) to gather anonymous information from students. This process, which is offered at many institutions nationally, is designed to surface concerns about the course in a thoughtful way and foster dialogue between students and instructors.


Teaching Resources for New Faculty

New to Duke? We can help you establish effective teaching practices for a successful start.

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Whether you’re new to teaching or just new to Duke, we want to help you learn the best pedagogical practices for establishing and ensuring your students meet your learning outcomes.

To help you get oriented, we have compiled a list of essential teaching-related resources and information. This list includes information about classrooms, the libraries, our services, and resources for you and your students.