Learning Innovation & Lifetime Education, in partnership with the Duke Graduate School, offers a semester-long fellowship program to provide PhD students professional development opportunities in the growing area of digital education and online college teaching.

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.

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. Fellows who complete the program will also partially fulfill the requirements for the Certificate in College Teaching.  

Current Fellows

Blake Beaver


During the spring 2024 semester, Blake is collaborating with Learning Innovation and Lifetime Education to develop pedagogical resources for faculty teaching courses on film and media. Specifically, he will develop teaching resources to assist faculty in employing “epigraph video essays” as course assignments. These resources will include a Canvas site with a module, assignment prompt, assessment rubric, and video lecture on essential tools in video composition and editing.

Ian Erickson-Kery

Romance Studies

Ian will be working with undergraduate students in spring 2024 to design a platform with digital resources for research in Urban Studies. Building on his experience as a fellow in the Visualizing Cities Lab and an instructor in Spanish, the platform will focus on tutorials in various mapping, spatial visualization, and storytelling tools. Students will be able to use these tools either in connection with class assignments or for their independent projects and learning.

Huijuan Ling

Music Composition

Huijuan's project in spring 2024 is to design an asynchronous course on Canvas that helps music students engage creatively in a wide variety of genres, from pop and electronic to jazz and classical. Through the active and project-based approach, students will develop aural, theoretical, and creative skills through worksheets and compile a portfolio of creative projects by the end of the semester.

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