Browse our selection of downloadable templates designed for use by Duke instructors (though they are available to any and all).


We have worked extensively with the Campus IRB office to develop processes to support faculty conducting teaching and learning research.  We maintain a partnership with the IRB office to ensure our practices are current and comprehensive.  To get a sense of what practices you need to follow when conducting teaching and learning research at Duke, review our IRB template below.  This template assumes that you will be using data collected from student assignments and other classroom activities that fall in the category of Standard Educational Practice.  If you will be collecting other data or wish to use methods outside the realm of data analysis of student work, such as focus groups, please contact us.


If you’ve created a Sakai course site before, you’ve already used templates. These templates make it easy for you to organize your site and share important practical information while providing some of the core tools for learning and communication. While these templates can be used as-is, they also are customizable, so you can add and remove content and tools as you like. After you’ve selected your course term, you can choose one of three templates you want for your site. More information about each template is available in a previous blog post.


The default template is automatically selected when you create a site, and it includes a set of commonly used tools. However, some professional schools and Duke Kunshan University have their own default templates.


The minimal template (see an example in Sakai) is a great choice if you want a streamlined site with some basic, practical information and a few tools for course management. It is also a good option if you mainly want to add links to tools and platforms outside of Sakai, including BoxSites@Duke (WordPress), and Duke Kits.


The advanced template (see an example in Sakai) is a great choice if you want to create an organized site with a variety of materials and tools. With this template, you can provide more information about each unit or week of your course while taking advantage of multiple tools to enhance learning. This guided experience walks students through the course and makes it clear what they need to do and when. The template also allows you to be creative with your course site by adding multimedia, learning activities, and supplemental resources.


We have prepared a student-centered syllabus template as an example to give you ideas and tips on some language and information that can be included in your own syllabus.


Each survey includes a Word version from which you can copy and paste questions as well as a Qualtrics file you can download and import into your Qualtrics account.

Download a PDF of these instructions with screenshots.
  1. Download the Qualtrics version (QSF file) of the template you want to use from this site. Be sure to note where your computer saves the file.
  2. Navigate to and log in to your account. If you do not already have a Duke Qualtrics account, follow these instructions to create an account.
  3. If you are not already on the Projects page in Qualtrics, navigate there by clicking on the XM logo in the top left corner. Click on the blue “Create new project” button on the right.
  4. Click Survey, then Get Started.
  5. Enter a name for the survey.
  6. Select "Import a QSF file" from the drop-down menu.
  7. Click Choose File to browse for your survey file on your computer.
  8. Click Create project.
  9. After clicking “Create project,” you’ll be taken to the Survey tab where you can begin editing your survey. Places where you’ll need to add your own information appear in yellow highlight in the survey.

Getting to Know Your Students

This survey collects general information from students at the beginning of the semester and provides a way for them to share information they want their professors to know about their participation in the course.

Student Engagement

This is a validated survey to quantify student engagement with a learning experience; it is suitable for collecting feedback or for conducting research on teaching.

End-of-Class One Minute Survey

This is a 2-question survey asking students to identify topics that were particularly engaging and/or confusing following a class session.

Class Activity Evaluation

This survey collects information about how much students knew about a given topic before and after a learning experience.

Group Project Peer Evaluation

This tool allows students working in groups to provide feedback on how well their groups are working together; instructors using this template should plan for how they will address problems that students identify.

Mid-Semester Feedback

Short Form

This 3-question survey asks students to provide open-ended feedback on what is working well and not-so-well in a course.

Long Form

This 5-minute survey asks students to evaluate how well a course is going in several domains including pacing, content, and communication.

Exam Wrapper

This survey facilitates student reflection on preparation and performance following an exam.