As a large benefit of using this platform is its ability to scale, and to reach a wider Duke community, we planned to try multiple varieties of courses in this pilot, of varying sizes and audiences. These projects encompass a few examples of the many teaching and learning use cases that can be accomplished using the DukeExtend platform.
Semi-Closed, Session-based (Synchronous) course Focusing on Duke Alumni audience (Forever Learning)
9/11 & Its Aftermath: A Look at U.S. Counterterrorism 15 Years After 9/11 – David Schanzer, Associate Professor of the Practice, Sanford School of Public Policy
This course is based on an existing set of learning materials from sessions that are normally taught to 20 or more students through Duke Alumni Association’s Forever Learning program. It also incorporates materials from an pre-existing open online course offered via Coursera.
Alumni users sign into DukeExtend using their OneLink account credentials (Single Sign On). This course also included a “live engagement” event with the instructor offered through WebEx.
Open, Session-based (Synchronous) course
Introduction to Astronomy – Ronen Plesser, Duke Department of Astronomy
This course model follows the on-campus course experience, and provides 10 weeks’ worth of content and discussion forum engagement. This course development process has demonstrated a significant positive impact (Educause Review, 2015) for Dr. Plesser in teaching his undergraduate offering of Introduction to Astronomy.
The original course offering on Coursera launched in November 2012. Through 2015, Introduction to Astronomy saw more than 100,000 enrollments on Coursera and thousands of those students completed the rigorous course requirements. Thousands of students also enrolled in this pilot project. This is Online Duke’s first attempt in 2016 at self-hosting a course at scale.
On-Demand Open Course Focused on Duke Community (Ongoing Availability)
3D Printing at Duke – Chip Bobbert, Digital Media Engineer, Duke Office of Information Technology
We tested the applicability of OpenEdX technology to host small learning “modules” which would normally be taught in small groups of 20 people at a time as a prerequisite for using 3D printers. This course utilizes the Warpwire video tool to deliver course video content. Duke community members (students, faculty and staff) can sign into DukeExtend using their NetID account credentials (Single-Sign-On).
Learn more about this course and the instructor at the Online Duke website.