We believe learning happens in networks of colleagues, cohorts, peers – in communities of practice, not hierarchies. Learning Innovation & Lifetime Education is a network ‘hub’ that brings together groups to organize alliances, manage projects and achieve university-wide goals. We provide opportunities for Duke faculty, academic staff and students to learn, share ideas and contribute to education innovation at the university. 


We offer short-term programs that engage current and future educators in innovative teaching practices.

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Active Learning Institute

Join a small cohort of Duke faculty and develop teaching techniques that will increase learning and student motivation.

See the Learning Innovation Fellowship Archive for examples of prior programs. Past topics have included Designing Courses for Active Learning, Flipping the Classroom, Team-Based Learning and Teaching with Video.

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Bass Digital Education Fellowship

The Bass Digital Education Fellowship is a year-long fellowship program for Duke Ph.D. students. The fellowship provides professional development opportunities in the growing area of digital teaching and learning.

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Course Design Institute

The Course Design Institute provides the opportunity to learn and apply a foundational, best-practice approach to designing dynamic, learning-focused courses in any discipline in a compact 3-day program.

Collaborative Project Courses Faculty Fellowship

Offered in collaboration with Duke Bass Connections, the CPC Fellowship provides support and a peer learning community for faculty who are interested in designing courses in which student learning is driven by collaborative engagement with applied projects that extend across an entire semester.

Making Connections

We bring educators who are passionate about innovative learning practices together to make meaningful connections.

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Join us for BRITE Ideas, a discussion group to share and develop research on teaching and learning. BRITE Ideas is sponsored by the BRITE Lab at Duke University.

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Teaching Support Network

TSN is comprised of representatives of units and programs at Duke which support faculty in developing their teaching knowledge and skills. TSN focuses on increasing collaboration among teaching professional development units in order to provide the richest set of resources and services possible to faculty.

Other Teaching and Learning Initiatives at Duke

Beyond Duke Learning Innovation & Lifetime Education, several programs across Duke University offer grants, funding and other support for innovative teaching and pedagogy.