The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) helps instructors explore and evaluate innovative ways to use learning technologies for teaching at Duke Kunshan. Learning technologies connect faculty to software and web tools to promote collaboration, enhance communication, share multimedia, teach online, and more. In addition to supporting established learning technologies like Sakai, CTL, along with IT and Duke Learning Innovation, also works with faculty and administrators to pilot new tools.
Sakai is Duke’s learning management system and is also used at Duke Kunshan. It is similar to Canvas or Blackboard, which you might have used at another university. In Sakai, you can create a course site containing tools such as discussion forums, tests and quizzes, and assignment tools, and many other options to help manage your course and communicate with students. When you create a site for your course, Sakai automatically syncs the roster of your course with the site.
Warpwire is Duke’s video hosting tool. It allows you to upload videos that are visible only to students on your course or to groups you create of Duke and Duke Kunshan participants. You can link to individual videos or collections in Warpwire or embed them in your Sakai course or website.
Duke Box (requires a VPN connection) is a file-sharing service you can use for courses or for ad hoc working groups. Shared spaces for courses can be automatically generated with Box.
Qualtrics is a Duke-supported tool that allows you to create simple or complex surveys. The surveys can be limited to specific individuals or people with a Duke NetID, or can be open to the general public. Faculty use Qualtrics to get feedback from students and for other simple surveys. Students also use it for gathering data for course research projects.
Duke Sites is an installation of WordPress, modified to work specifically in Duke classes. If you log in to the site, you can create a WordPress site for your course, with the students automatically enrolled as editors. As the site administrator, you can set the template and overall look and feel of the site, post static pages with content, and add features such as calendars and menus. As editors, students can post and edit blog posts that might highlight their ongoing research during the course and, near the end of the class, post conclusions about what they have found.
With this tool, you can have students work on group projects to research, analyze and present information.
You will find more tips on using Duke Sites, including links to rubrics for assessing student posts, in this Learning Innovation blog post.
Poll Everywhere, a live instant polling system, is available to the entire Duke Kunshan community. It can be used for gathering students’ real-time responses in class. A guide on getting started with Poll Everywhere is available here. This video and tutorial library might also be helpful.
GradeScope is a tool to save time grading paper-based assignments and seeing exactly what your students have learned. The tool makes it easy for instructors to focus on two important aspects of grading: Speeding up the process and providing consistent feedback to students.