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User Guide

Here are some Duke-specific help documents to get you up and running with Sites@Duke Express. We also have several online videos and a Getting Started handout (PDF) to help you get up and running quickly.

Getting Started

Creating a Site
With Sites Express, you can create two types of sites:  course sites (for an official academic course) or non-course sites (for other purposes, e.g. events, labs, student groups, projects, etc.)

Creating Subsites for Groups of Students
Subsites allow members of your site to easily create a new site of their own (customizing their site appearance, creating new pages and posts and controlling access to the site) while automatically connecting them to the main (parent) site. This is often used in academic courses where the faculty member create a class website and then each student (or team) has his/her own site to focus on a specific project or topic.

Logging In
How to login to Sites@Duke and find your site.

The Dashboard provides access to all the administrative options and features. This is also where you’ll add content (pages, posts, etc), modify the overall appearance of your site and control settings such as privacy options.

Creating Content
You can easily add text, images and documents to your pages or posts. Step by step information is available via LinkedIn Learning (available to Duke faculty, students and staff with your Duke NetID) and

Including Videos on Your Site
Videos from YouTube, DukeCapture (Panopto), or Warpwire can be embedded into your site.

Including Surveys on Your Site

Customizing Your Site

Site Administrators will be able to change the site’s title, subtitle, and appearance of your site with over 30 pre-installed themes!

Step by step information is also available via LinkedIn Learning (available to Duke faculty, students, and staff with your Duke NetID) and

Managing Your Site

Privacy Settings
You can easily control who can view your site – just you, a specific group/course, the Duke Community (with their Duke NetID and password), or it can be publicly available to anyone.

Managing Users
You can add other Duke users and non-Duke users to your site.