Year In Progress

Tracking our progress for 2017-2018. For more:

Faculty Services, Programs and Consulting

Learning Technology

  • Sakai UI/UX development and gradebook integration w/ SISS (in dev)
  • new Attendance tool added to Sakai
  • Partnering with DUSON to explore a Designed Learning Experience approach/alternative to traditional online course platforms
  • Working with A&S, Divinity and Nursing to rollout ePortfolio tool (PebblePad). More on PebblePad  Held workshops and Showcase event Spring 2017. New website and broad student rollout Fall 17 (Download a handout)
  • Partnering with VP for Interdisciplinary Studies to rework process for TeachX
  • Partnering with Pratt’s Rick Telford to pilot a Mobile App Development Center – a mostly student-run center to help with mobile app development for faculty and students.
  • Exploring better integration of WebEx and Sakai; Gradescope
  • Piloting Learning Boosters concept and technologies
  • Learning Technologies Advisory Council – next meeting Aug 2017
  • OpenEdx pilot (Duke Extend) pilot wrapped; moving to production:
  • Continuing pilot of ‘in-video quizzing’ tool PlayPosit.
  • Current DDI opportunities announced; focus shifting to Internet of Things (IoT).
  • Learning technologies staff attended 2017 University API Conference at BYU
  • Held Duke Learning Technology Workshop June 12-14. Open to Duke developers and developers from other regional institutions.

Online Initiatives


  • New and recent Coursera courses:
    • starting production on a Chimpanzee Behavior and Conservation Coursera course – with significant input of materials from the Jane Goodall Institute (and Jane herself).
    • C Programming Specialization (in production)
    • Addressing Climate Change with Green Building Innovation (launched July 17)
    • Electric Industry Operations and Markets (launched July 17)
    • Nanotechnology (Nan Jokerst) (in production)
  • Revisions to Excel to MySQL and Java Programming specializations wrapping up. Published our evaluation of the specialization development.
  • Continued revisions to Stats w/ R Specialization
  • New Object Oriented Programming Specialization (exp Sept 17) – collab w/ UCSD
  • CITers Kun Li and Kim Manturuk published their Educause piece on emotional growth in MOOCs.

Global RFP

5 of 6 projects wrapping development from last ‘Global’ RFP cycle

  • Completed redesign and implementation of a cross-cultural perspective to N502: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, a graduate online course
  • Completed  – Infectious Disease Epidemiology in Global Settings—Surveillance, Prevention and Control
  • Completed  – Global Environmental Health Problems: Principles and Case Studies

    Partnerships with Duke schools and units

  • Talking to Fuqua and Engineering about possible partnerships to develop online courses or modules
  • 3 online projects w/ Public Policy underway
    • US Civics (Coursera)
    • Climate Change Modules w/ Billy Pizer
    • Math Refresher for MIDP and MPP students
  • Produced modules with Duke Center for Health Informatics for AMIA 10×10 on Data Standards for Learning Health Systems
  • Redesign of several courses in Fuqua’s Global Executive MBA program (partnering w/ Fuqua team)
  • Exploring options for online summer school for high school students w/ Trinity admin
  • Researching different institutions’ approaches to faculty incentives for online course development and teaching for Duke’s Advisory Committee on Online Education (ACOE)
  • Collaborated with the Graduate School’s Bass Online Apprentice Fellowship to provide the opportunity for Bass fellows to work on MOOCs and for-credit online course projects, getting hands-on experience in online college teaching.
  • DE SIG: held 6 meetings with campus partners and topics ranging from universal design to digital copyright
  • Hosted a team visit from Wharton Online. Met with CIT, OIT and Fuqua staff.


  • Hiring a Strategic Marketing Analyst to complement our ability to consult on best uses of online to meet Duke school and department targets and goals
  • Working on a solution to bring free access to all Duke Coursera courses and specializations to Duke students, faculty and staff (Oct)
  • Revising (launch Oct 17) to focus on new learner acquisition
  • Considering hosting a major online conference in March 2018