Join Us on October 11 for a Special Event on “The New Education”

Cathy Davidson

The Office of the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies is hosting a discussion, reception, and book signing with educational innovator Cathy N. Davidson, author of The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux.

The event will take place on Wednesday, October 11, at Duke University’s Penn Pavilion from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Cosponsors include the Office of the Provost, Bass Connections, the Center for Instructional Technology, the Social Science Research Institute, Duke University Libraries, the Office of the Dean of Humanities, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, and the Franklin Humanities Institute.

Davidson is currently Distinguished Professor at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and previously served as Duke’s first Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies. In her new book, she argues that the American university is stuck in the past—and shows how we can revolutionize it to prepare students for our age of constant change.

Our current system of higher education dates to the period from 1865 to 1925, when the nation’s new universities created grades and departments, majors and minors, graduate and professional schools in an attempt to prepare young people for a world transformed by the telegraph and the Model T. This approach to education worked for most of the 20th century, says Davidson, but is unsuited to the era of the “gig economy.” From the Ivy League to community colleges, Davidson introduces us to innovators who are remaking college for our own time, by emphasizing student-centered learning that values creativity, dexterity, innovation, and social change.

In this talk she shows how we can revolutionize our universities to help students be leaders of change, not simply subject to it. Davidson will be joined in conversation by Edward Balleisen, Professor of History and Public Policy and Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke.

The Gothic Bookshop will provide books for sale at the event at a special rate of $24.

RSVP to Sarah Dwyer.

Duke’s Center for Instructional Technology Hosts Innovative Educator Randy Bass


The Duke Center for Instructional Technology Showcase is an annual free one-day conference which celebrates creativity and innovation in teaching.

Engaging Today’s Students

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Durham Convention Center

Keynote Speaker: Randy Bass

Randy Bass hails from Georgetown University, where he is a Vice Provost for Education and Professor of English. He is also the founding Executive Director of Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship. Randy is a former Pew Scholar and Carnegie Fellow, and recipient of the EDUCAUSE medal for outstanding achievement in technology and undergraduate education.

Randy has been working at the intersections of new media technologies and the scholarship of teaching and learning for nearly thirty years, including serving as Director and PI of the Visible Knowledge Project, a five-year scholarship of teaching and learning project involving 70 faculty on 21 university and college campuses.

Attend the Showcase to:

  • Get new ideas for your own teaching
  • Get questions about teaching and technology answered in informal sessions
  • Learn from other faculty at Duke about what works best to support student learning
  • Take advantage of a great teaching development opportunity at a convenient location and low cost (free!)
  • Come by for all or part of the day due to the “modular” schedule
  • Enjoy breakfast and lunch available for pre-registered attendees!

The Showcase is open to all Duke faculty, staff and those interested in innovation in educational utilizing technology.

Information Tables

During the Showcase, representatives of various campus units will have information available about the services they offer and opportunities for faculty.

Duke Digital Initiative Calls for Emerging Technologies Proposals


Deadline: Rolling Application Accepted Throughout the Year

The Duke Digital Initiative (DDI) will continue to accept proposals to explore new and emerging technologies throughout 2016. Proposals are being accepted for projects (open to faculty, librarians, graduate students), attendance at technology-focused conferences (open to faculty), and the development of innovative visualizations to improve learning in any undergraduate Duke course (open to anyone who teaches a Duke undergraduate course).

We seek to support the use or exploration of new and emerging technologies not routinely used for undergraduate education at Duke or that might be applied to undergraduate education in new ways. A proposal does not need to be tied to a specific undergraduate course, but should state how the lessons learned (good and bad) from your project will contribute to undergraduate education at Duke.

Proposals that are accepted will receive funding, as well as pedagogical and technical advice and consultations. Support for formal assessment, when appropriate, will be available.

Instructors, graduate students, and librarians are eligible to submit proposals in this category. We encourage students who have a project idea to discuss the idea with a Duke instructor who might be interested in submitting a proposal.

Funding Limits: Most awards will provide up to $5,000 for a project. However, we welcome proposals for larger projects requiring up to $25,000 in support. Funds may be used to purchase hardware or software, and/or cover the cost of student or time-limited employees. Funds may be available for other kinds of expenses that are detailed in the proposal.

Funded Project Requirements: If your project is funded, you will be required to 1) write a blog post about your experiences to be posted on the DDI and CIT blogs; and 2) conduct a discussion that will be open to the campus community. The discussion should consist of a brief presentation about the project goals and outcomes, followed by a discussion.

You can draw on several Duke resources before submitting your proposal:

  • CIT staff can help you think through pedagogical issues and share examples. (Contact:
  • OIT staff can help determine how much technical support your project is likely to require and share examples. (Contact:
  • Your departmental or school IT staff may be able to help with your proposal or project.
  • If your project involves visualization, consider consulting with Duke Libraries’ Data and Visualization Services (