Collaborative Teaching Through Research Across Institutions

The Office of the Dean in Trinity College of Arts & Sciences seeks proposals for the development of new or redesigned courses that enable Duke faculty to team-teach with faculty research colleagues at other U.S. or international universities. Courses should be offered concurrently to students at each university for credit, making use of online technologies to facilitate communication and the development of learning communities across institutions.

Proposal Criteria

Proposals should identify teaching teams that include both Duke faculty and faculty research collaborators or colleagues at other U.S. or international universities. Courses should be offered concurrently to students at each university for credit, in face-to-face or blended online formats.  They should make use of online technologies to facilitate communication and the development of effective learning communities across campuses. For example, they might blend face-to-face interaction such as in-class discussions, active group work and live lectures with web-based technologies such web-conferencing, online tutorials, synchronous and asynchronous discussions, and other web-assisted learning tools that enable individual and/or collaborative assignments and projects. 

Project Support

Funding

We anticipate supporting 3 collaborative course projects, one per division (Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences), for up to $10,000 each. Funding may be used by faculty at both institutions, and may support travel, materials, and other course related needs.

Technological and Pedagogical Support

Selected course development projects will receive technical support from Trinity Technology Services and a combination of pedagogical and technology support from the Center for Instructional Technology.

Note: The course will be taught as part of the instructor’s regular teaching load. Project support does not include any changes in course load or teaching schedule during the course development phase. Be sure to discuss your project plans with your department Chair and Dean.

Process and Timeline

  1. Applications are due March 3, 2014.

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Instructors should develop a statement of the proposed collaborative course project using the Word Template. Applications should be emailed to Kim Travlos (kt125@duke.edu), Assistant to the Associate Dean of Curriculum and Course Development, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences. Faculty should prepare their proposals in consultation with the Center for Instructional Technology, working with CIT to develop a plan for the collaborative tools and methods they will use and that will help to shape their design and ambitions for the collaboration. Additional questions may be addressed to Ingeborg Walther (waltheri@duke.edu), Associate Dean of Curriculum and Course Development.

The course proposal should address the following:

  • The course should be offered during the spring or fall semester of 2015.
  • It should be taught jointly by Duke faculty with one or more faculty research colleagues at another university or other academic institution abroad.
  • The course should be offered to students for credit at both sites concurrently.
  • The course should not be wholly online--it should encompass both online and face-to-face teaching modes.
  • The course should have a coordinated plan for how online and onsite teaching and research will be shared and under what conditions across the campuses involved.
  • Proposal support may include travel for the teaching team faculty to visit each other's campus to engage with students in the course.
  1. Proposals will be reviewed by the Committee on Courses in collaboration with the Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences.
  2. Selected proposals will be announced April 4, 2014.

Funds will be distributed into a discretionary account. The Office of the Dean will assist in distributing funds to the partner institution as needed. Faculty teams will have access to consultants in the Center for Instructional Technology to further develop their course.