The 2021-22 Bass Digital Education Fellows is a cohort of Duke PhD students who take part in a semester-long, fully-funded fellowship offered in partnership with the Graduate School. Through this professional development experience, fellows gain deep knowledge of digital pedagogy, build valuable consulting and project management skills and successfully launch digital projects under the guidance of Learning Innovation.

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Katherine Burgett


Duke Divinity School is launching a hybrid Master of Divinity degree this year. Burgett will be assisting with the development of several of these hybrid courses, contributing to course design and assessment, along with a series of videos to teach biblical exegesis. These videos will supplement classroom instruction, and will be an important resource for the students who begin the degree without a background in Religious Studies. (Burgett will also be providing these course design materials to Duke Learning Innovation to serve as examples for undergraduate instructors.)

Jessica Centers

Electrical and Computer Eng.

Centers' project, Inclusive Assessment for Quantitative Disciplines, resides within the Carry the Innovation Forward (CIF) program under Duke Learning Innovation. Specifically, Centers is joining the efforts of the Faculty Learning Community (FLC) that is exploring making assessments more inclusive in various quantitative disciplines. Many of the FLC members have experimented with inclusive assessment while teaching online during the pandemic. From their experiences, many have pinpointed concerns of how inclusive assessment seems to sometimes conflict with grade integrity and equity. For Centers' project, she joins the FLC in collaboratively learning about how established and non-traditional pedagogies from both face-to-face teaching and online teaching either contribute to or mitigate this conflict.

Emmaline Drew Eliseev

Psychology and Neuroscience

Eliseev will be working on the design of the new Nudge app, which is a learning tool developed by Duke Learning Innovation that supports learning by prompting students to respond to review questions after class. Over the Fall 2021 semester, Eliseev will consult on the design of the new Nudge app, recommend new features based on the psychological literature on learning, plan for user experience testing to ensure the app is user-friendly for undergraduates, and help promote the research-backed benefits of Nudge to Duke faculty members.

Prajakta Prabhune

Mechanical Engineering

Prabhune is developing an online short-course for aiM-NRT. It is a NSF funded graduate research training program in a highly interdisciplinary research field of 'AI in material science’'. This asynchronous short-course, hosted on Sakai, will consist of 6-8 videos on topics ranging from data science and AI to material science and engineering with a pre- or post-quiz designed for assessment and graded for completion. The intention behind the course is to introduce the incoming cohorts of aiM-NRT and the broader undergraduate population at Duke and beyond to key concepts at the junction of research in ‘Biological and Physical sciences and engineering’ using methods in machine learning and data science.

Christoph Schmitz

German Studies

Schmitz's project uses German language podcasts to immerse students in authentic material and introduce them to a group of media creators that advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. The project presents lesson plans for a variety of instructional levels. These enable students to access authentic media content that widen their understanding of German culture and inspire their own experimenting with this contemporary media format. By examining ways to express their own stories, students learn to better understand their place at a crossroad between languages and cultures.

Jordan Sjol


Jordan Sjol is has partnered with Duke’s Nasher Museum of Art for his project. He joins the Virtual Nasher Initiative, a Carry the Innovation Forward-funded effort to extend the best parts of COVID-era digital exhibition and education offerings into the museum’s post-COVID future. During the pandemic, there was increased interest among undergraduate instructors in working with the museum on digital projects. Sjol is building a digital resource that will be made available in the project planning stage. Consisting of a review of the current research into digital museum exhibition and education, an extensive annotated bibliography and reading list, and an account of the types of digital initiatives undertaken by peer institutions, the digital resource will gather into a single place materials for generating, developing, and critically evaluating ideas for creating digital projects for undergraduate education involving museum resources. The resource backend will be built on Airtable as a relational database.