Director, Center for Teaching and Learning

Haiyan Zhou

Haiyan (she/her) is the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Duke Kunshan University, seconded from Duke Learning Innovation. Her professional interests center around advancing liberal arts education in a global setting, exploring the science of learning, and employing evidence-based strategies for continuous improvement. In her role, she leads programming, resources, and faculty development to enhance teaching effectiveness and student learning, fostering a context of global education. Haiyan is also an adjunct faculty member with interests in science education and learning experience design.

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Physical location:
Duke Kunshan University

Recent Blog Posts


Teaching across Continents: Challenges and Solutions – Educause  Learning Initiatives (ELI) Conference, February 13 -15, 2017, Houston, Texas.  Theme: Transforming the Academy: Building Communities of Practice.

Working with Global Partners: Developing MOOCs & Hybrid Courses At Duke University – Online Learning Consortium (OLC) International Conference,  October 12- 16, 2015, Orlando, Florida.

Blended Learning and MOOCs  – A session at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting, February 5, 2013, Denver, Colorado.

Debate Club: What Are the Roles of the MOOC in Higher Education? – A session at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting,  February 5, 2013, Denver Colorado.

Deploying iPads as Exploratory Learning Devices – A session at the ELI Annual Meeting, February 16, 2011, Washington, DC.

A case study: “Online Core in Clinical Research at Duke University School of Medicine” at 24th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning, August 5-8, 2008, in Madison, Wisconsin.

Online Core in Clinical Research (OCCR): Initial Design, Ongoing Development, and Improvement, at the E-Learn (Association for the Advancement of Computers in Education) – 11th International Annual Conference, Oct. 13-17, 2006, Honolulu, Hawaii.

The “Grounded Design” Effect: The Impact of Grounded Instructional Design Principles and Beyond at 12th annual Sloan-C International Conference on Asynchronous Learning Networks, Nov. 8-10, 2006, Orlando, FL.

Developing Principles to Guide Web-Based Course Development – 11th annual Sloan-C International Conference on Asynchronous Learning Networks, Nov. 17-19, 2005, Orlando, FL.


Prior to taking on her role at Duke Kunshan University in January 2018, Haiyan was a Teaching Consultant in Duke Learning Innovation. Prior to joining Duke University, she worked at Morehead State University, KY as an adjunct faculty member, where she taught face-to-face and online courses; meanwhile, as a Teaching and Learning Training Coordinator, she provided training and support to faculty in teaching effectiveness.  Before that, she worked at several universities as a librarian. She holds an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instructional Design from the College of Education, East Tennessee State University, the USA, and an M.S in Library Information Science from the School of Information Management, Nanjing University, China.