Arts & Sciences Council

Council Faculty Forum

Faculty Forum:  Student Perspectives
on Online Learning  

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: 217 Perkins

You and your colleagues may have discussed online learning within your discipline, but have you wondered how Duke students view online learning? It is our students, after all, who have the largest stake in online learning. What do Duke students think? Some of our students have already taken Duke courses for credit using online technologies. How do they look at their experiences? How do they compare to other forms of classroom learning? What places does online learning have in Duke education?

Thanks in part to help from Duke Student Government, this forum shines a spotlight on the questions that online learning present from students' perspectives. Ten Duke students will explain their views on online learning before we open the forum to general discussion. All are welcome! 

Faculty Forum on Online Courses for Credit

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Friday, November 15, 2013
9:00-10:30 a.m.
Location: 217 Perkins

You've heard about MOOCs, and maybe aren't interested, but what about online courses for credit? How do these work? What are the challenges? This Council Forum shines a spotlight on the experience of these four colleagues, all from different disciplines, and what they are learning about online courses for credit. After all the controversy and discussion in the spring, do you wonder how a 2U Semester Online Course is actually working out? 

Tom Metzloff (Law) will be on hand to discuss his Semester Online Course, "Contemporary Constitutional Law," co-taught with Professors Neil Siegel, Guy-Uriel Charles and Joseph Blocher. Tom knows, better than anyone right now, how 2U's technological platform works, what it can and cannot do.  

Mohamed Noor (Biology) has taught two versions of his introductory biology course, "Genetics and Evolution," in the Coursera online platform.  He has now adapted the course to simultaneous use by online students (from around the world) and 452 on-campus students.  His Duke students watch the videos and then have in-class activities via the "flipped classroom" model.  

Emma Rasiel (Economics) will also share her experience preparing a course for Semester Online: "Behavioral Finance."  Her fully online course relies on videos, interactive online content, surveys, reading material and discussion groups.  

Finally, Kristen Stephens (Education), who teaches an Education course, "Issues and Innovations in the American Classroom" can tell us about her hybrid format that has both synchronous and asynchronous components.  These brief presentations set the stage for what will be a lively discussion. Dalene Stangl (Statistics) from ECASC will moderate the forum.  Please come!  Better yet: grab a colleague and bring her or him with you to the forum.

Faculty Forum on Online Course Evaluations

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Location: 217 Perkins

The Arts and Sciences Council has set up this open discussion for all faculty to take part. Our colleague on the Executive Committee, John Brown (Music), will facilitate the meeting's discussion. Dean Lee Baker, who has been the lead administrator for Trinity College on the project, will be there, as will Keith Whitfield (Psychology and Neurosciences, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs) and Matt Serra (Office of Assessment). Copies of the form and the summaries of the pilot projects will be available at the meeting. Meeting Minutes

Faculty Forum on Online Teaching 

Friday, September 27, 2013
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Location: 217 Perkins

Duke Faculty Teach Online: What are we Learning? Three Duke faculty members discuss what they have learned about teaching an undergraduate course online: Ronen Plesser (Physics), Denise Comer (Thompson Writing Group) and Orin Starn (Cutural Anthropology)  View Video