Helper Hours

Helper hours are a place to ask questions about the class content, get help on worked examples/homework/practice exams/etc., and consult about your project. Prof. Stephens-Martinez’s hours are also for talking about computer/data science generally, getting involved in research in the department, or general advice about the CS department. Your UTAs are also a potential source of information about the CS department from an undergrad perspective, getting internships/interviewing, and becoming a UTA.


All times are listed for US Eastern Time (i.e., local time at Duke). All Zoom helper hours use the same Zoom link (see Canvas for the link).

Prof. Stephens-Martinez

  • In-person: Wednesdays right after class, located inside the lecture room or right outside the room in the lounge area
  • Zoom: Tuesdays 11-noon


  • Edna: Fridays 12-2PM (Zoom)
  • Ethan: Tuesdays & Thursdays 12-1PM (Zoom)

UTA helper hours

  • In-person: Sundays & Thursdays 7-8:30 PM at Reuben-Cooke Building 129
  • Zoom: Sundays & Thursdays 8:30-10 PM, Mondays 7-10 PM, Wednesdays 9-10:30PM

Getting on the Queue in (Beta) My Digital Hand

There are a few steps to get helper hours support in helper hours:

  1. If attending remotely, you must be in the Zoom meeting to submit a request on My Digital Hand.
  2. Log into My Digital Hand Beta and navigate to the Get Help Page.
  3. Click the Get Help Now button and answer the prompted questions.
  4. You will be added to a waitlist. Wait in person or via Zoom. A staff member will connect with you when it is your turn on the waitlist.
  5. After you have been helped, return to My Digital Hand Beta. You will again be prompted to fill out some questions regarding the help you received.

My Digital Hand Beta Student Instructions

We will batch enroll everyone during the first week of class. Afterward, use the entry code provided in Canvas’s Home page. The most important step is to make sure you sign up with your Duke email in the form

Class Forum

We will use Ed Discussion for online discussion. You access it from Canvas. You can post questions anonymously (to classmates), as well as message the instructors. Please use it for technical questions first instead of email. In particular, we encourage you to use it so that (a) you can get a faster response (multiple instructors or students can reply), (b) your questions don’t get lost in anyone’s email, and (c) other students can benefit from your questions or comments.