About the Showcase

April 27, 2012 from 8:30AM to 2:30PM in the Bryan Center

The Duke Center for Instructional Technology Showcase is a free one-day conference which celebrates creativity and innovation in using technology in education at Duke with presentations and demonstrations by Duke faculty and staff.

Attend the Showcase to:

  • meet faculty colleagues in other disciplines
  • get new ideas for your own teaching
  • get questions about teaching and technology answered in informal sessions
  • learn from other faculty at Duke about what works best to support student learning
  • take advantage of a great teaching development opportunity at a convenient location and low cost (free!)
  • come by for all or part of the day due to the “modular” schedule
  • enjoy breakfast and lunch available for pre-registered attendees!

Have questions? Send us an email at cit@duke.edu so we can help!


Please visit the CIT Events Site to register for the 2012 Showcase.

The Showcase is being held on Friday, April 27, 2012 from 8:30am – 2:30pm in the Bryan Center. This is a free event!

Breakfast and lunch will be provided to participants who register before Wednesday, April 25, 2012.

Sessions & Schedule

Download a PDF version of the schedule (PDF, 200KB)

The Showcase is being held on Friday, April 27, 2012 from 8:30am – 2:30pm in the Bryan Center.

Breakfast and networking: 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Lobby in front of Von Canon A, B, & C

Sessions: 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Sessions: 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

Sessions: 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Lunch and networking: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Von Canon A, B, & C

Shaking it up: Transformations in Higher Education
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Griffith Auditorium

Video Available

Connect with CIT


Conversations happening on Twitter during a conference can make attending the event even more engaging. These Twitter conversations are often called the ‘backchannel’. If you have a mobile device (or laptop) at the conference, you can search Twitter for the tag #cit2012 and see what others are saying. Join the conversation by adding #cit2012 to your own tweets!

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We upload and share photos of Showcase events on Flickr. If you have a Flickr account and take photos at the Showcase, please tag them dukecitshowcase2012 so we can find your photos.

View photos from last year’s showcase — 2011

Contact Info

Center for Instructional Technology
Box 90198
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708
email: cit@duke.edu
tel: 919-660-5806

Showcase Ideas

Faculty and students in numerous disciplines at Duke are teaching and learning using innovative methods and cutting edge technology. You can too! Discover some outstanding examples below, and remember to register for the 2012 Showcase to learn more.

Use Tablets in the Classroom: Nursing

Nursing students in Kathy Trotter’s Sexual and Reproductive Health course experimented with the idea of using iPads in the clinical setting to access course materials and specialized health information.  They used Typhon, an online system used to log patient encounters in the clinical setting, and the Epocrates app to access drug information for patients through the iPad. Overall, students in the course found that using the iPad enhanced the clinical experience that they were able to provide to their patients.

Learn More:

Flip Your Classroom and Use Open Resources: Chemistry

In Fall 2011, Dr. Steven Craig gave up on textbooks and lectures in favor of giving his students the opportunity to learn from multimedia open-source materials and from each other. Craig used Team-Based Learning in his Chemistry course, which was found to be a success both from the student and instructor perspective. CIT assisted in collecting quality open resources from sites such as MIT Open Courseware, Khan Academy  and Wikipedia.

Learn More:

Create an Interactive Textbook: Marine Science

Dr. David Johnston is teaching his Marine Megafauna course using a custom-built Cachalot iPad app, available in the App Store for free. Through the app, students access course materials, communications and scheduling tools. Johnston also uses third party mapping applications to enhance the learning experience.  With free and easy to use tools like iBooks Author now readily available, any educator can make their own interactive textbook without needing programming experience.

Learn More:

Use Clickers to Revise Your Course: Statistics

In Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel’s Statistics 101 course, she had students respond to questions in class using an iClicker. If fewer than 70% of students get the correct answer, students are asked to turn to each other and convince each other that their answers are correct. After 2 to 3 minutes of discussion, students are asked to respond again and most often they converge to the right answer.

Learn More:

Start a Humanities Lab

Faculty can apply their expertise and improve students’ active participation through the FHI Humanities Labs. These labs aim to bring innovative, interdisciplinary research more fully into the undergraduate experience of students at Duke. Their current projects, BorderWork(s), Haiti, and GreaterThanGames have provided a wide spectrum of opportunities for incorporating new technology into innovative research. The Humanities Labs review seed grant proposals for new labs each semester.

Learn More:

Become a CIT Fellow: Duke Environmental Leadership Program

Environmental Leadership faculty are exploring how the program can improve and build upon best practices for distance teaching. The CIT is assisting in revising an online faculty handbook and formats of teaching modules used by faculty.

Learn More:

Develop Multimedia Projects

Students and faculty can utilize the expertise of the Multimedia Project Studio staff to create rich media projects for their teaching and learning endeavors. The new MPS studio is currently being built in Bostock Library and will be located near the Link and CIT.

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Implement Team-Based Learning: Multiple Disciplines

A number of faculty members at Duke have implemented TBL in their classrooms. Craig Dane Roberts and Len White in the Institute for Brain Sciences and Alyssa Perz-Edwards in Biology are demonstrating the numerous benefits of this approach to the classroom.

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Survey Your Students

Rebecca Ewing, Lecturing Fellow, Spanish, used Qualtrics to get students’ input about their previous experience, what they expect to get out of the course, what topics interest them. By surveying her students at the beginning of the semester, Rebecca was able to adjust course topics and activities to be more relevant and engaging for her students. Qualtrics is a free survey tool available for all Duke users. Create a Qualtrics account at http://duke.qualtrics.com.

Audio Feedback: Language and Writing

In her French 101, advanced writing workshop, Deb Reisinger used iPads to explore student preference for receiving feedback on written assignments: did they benefit more from their professor’s recorded oral comments or from their typed commentaries? Students showed a slight preference for oral feedback, noting that they received more lengthy, personalized comments.

To determine outcomes, faculty alternated giving recorded oral and written feedback on 5 compositions, using the iPad Noterize application (now PaperPort Notes.) Their preference was determined through focus groups, surveys, and process memos.

Learn More:

iPad Storytelling through Shadow Play: Turkish Language

In Erdag Goknar’s Turkish 302S: Language & Culture Through Multimedia
course, his students students used Turkish Shadow Play apps on the iPad
to produce storytelling scenes. This assignment introduced students to a
traditional art form and developed cultural understanding while
practicing written and oral language in context. In addition, this
exercise develops the use of idioms and vernacular speech.


From East:

Via I-40 West: Merge onto 147 N via Exit 279B toward Durham/Downtown. From 147 N take the 15-501 S Exit toward Chapel Hill. Take Exit 108A-Morreene Road. Turn LEFT onto Morreene. Continue through two lights. (Morreene Road becomes Towerview Drive at the second light-Erwin Road). Take the second LEFT onto Science Drive. The Bryan Center parking lot and garage will be on your RIGHT.

From North:

Via I-85 South: Exit onto 15-501 S toward Chapel Hill. Take the Morreene Rd Exit via Exit 108A off of 15-501 S and turn LEFT onto Morreene Rd. Continue through two lights. (Morreene Road becomes Towerview Drive at the second light-Erwin Road). Take the second LEFT onto Science Drive. The Bryan Center parking lot and garage will be on your RIGHT.

From South:

Via US 15-501 North: From the US-15/501 Bypass N take the Morreene Rd Exit 108A. Turn RIGHT onto Morreene Road. Continue through two lights. (Morreene Road becomes Towerview Drive at the second light-Erwin Road). Take the second LEFT onto Science Drive. The Bryan Center parking lot and garage will be on your RIGHT.

From West:

Via 1-85 North: Exit onto Durham Freeway NC 147 South. Take 147 to 15-501 South toward Chapel Hill. Take Exit 108 A Morreene Road. Turn LEFT onto Morreene Road. Continue through two lights. (Morreene Road becomes Towerview Drive at the second light-Erwin Road). Take the second LEFT onto Science Drive. The Bryan Center parking lot and garage will be on your RIGHT.

Parking at the Bryan Center

Parking is available in the parking garage (PGIV) adjacent to the Bryan Center, accessed from Science Drive. View a map showing the location of the Bryan Center and for detailed driving instructions. A parking attendant will be monitoring the garage — just mention that you are with the CIT Showcase and you will receive a special event parking discount of $5.00 for the entire day.

Location of the Bryan Center at Duke

Showcase will be in the following rooms:

  • Von Canon Rooms A, B and C (level 1)
  • Lobby outside of the Von Canon Rooms (level 1)
  • Griffith Auditorium (level 2)
  • Registration area near main stairwell (level 2)

* Bryan Center floors are labeled from the top down. One typically enters the building through the main entrances on levels 2 or 3. Registration tables will be located near the main stairwell on the middle level (level 2). Breakfast and lunch will be available in the lobby in front of the Von Canon Rooms (level 1). Signage will direct you once you enter the building from either of the main doors on levels 2 or 3.