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Learn Google Cloud Computing with Free Courses for Duke Students and Staff

Duke students, faculty and staff can now get free courses on using Google Cloud Platform (GCP) through the Coursera for Duke online learning program. The courses were created by Google, and teach learners the fundamentals of using Google’s cloud computing suite for big data analytics, machine learning, application development, Cloud Infrastructure and more.  Read the full story here: https://learninginnovation.duke.edu/blog/2018/07/learn-google-cloud-computing-with-free-courses-for-duke-students-and-staff/

Sakai Upgrade May 12

For details, visit: https://oit.duke.edu/about/news/sakai-upgrade-may-12.

Faculty/researcher TechFair Nov. 3

OIT is hosting a TechFair for faculty, instructors, and researchers on Friday, November 3 from 1-4 p.m. at the Technology Engagement Center (TEC) in the Telecommunications Building. 

This open-house style event will feature faculty-oriented table-top demos and practical advice about how to get and use Duke’s most important technology services for teaching and learning. Covered topics include: research computing, collaboration tools like WebEx, Box and Office365, CIT services like Sakai and PebblePad, virtual reality demos, academic media services, 3D printing, and hands-on tech help with Sakai. Bring your mobile devices and laptops. Come for food, giveaways, and door prizes, including the coveted Duke OIT mug (while supplies last.) TechFair is in part of the Center for Instructional Technology’s NextEd Festival. 

CIT Announces Duke NextEd Festival

Join Duke’s Center for Instructional Technology (CIT) this fall for NextEd Festival, a series of events celebrating learning at Duke! NextEd aims to bring the Duke community together for conversation and collaboration around innovative ways to make the Duke educational experience more engaging, transformative, and equitable.

Join a community of learners, teachers, and thinkersNextEd Festival features 30+ events starting in October, including:

  • talks by leading thinkers in the field of higher education innovation
  • hands-on workshops
  • engaging learning experiences
  • technology demos
  • startup events

These events are designed to engage anyone committed to advancing learning at Duke: students and faculty, advisors and mentors, inventors and researchers, developers and designers. See the list of events and learn more.

Q&A: How Technology has Changed Teaching at Duke

Read this DukeToday article featuring Randy Riddle from Duke’s Center for Instructional Technology: https://today.duke.edu/2017/08/qa-how-technology-has-changed-teaching-duke.

Duke Learning Technology Workshop

Duke Learning Technology Workshop | June 12 – 13

The Duke Learning Technology Workshop covers developing, managing, and using educational technology (EdTech) such as Learning Management Systems, LTI, APIs, next generation learning environments and ecosystems, courseware, adaptive learning, DevOps practices, blockchain, Domain of One’s Own, student agency, digital identity and security, or digital fluency.
The intended audience is IT architects, educational technologists, faculty, and software engineers from many universities.

Go online for full details and to register.

Learn IT @ Lunch Online Teaching – Followup Resources

Miss today’s Learn IT @ Lunch session – “3 Easy Ways to Try Online Teaching”?Watch the recording online. Note: You may be prompted to update your MS Silverlight Plug-in to view the recording.

Additional Resources:


Our presenters: Randle Riddle (Academic Technology Consultant – CIT), Willie Williamson (Online Course Builder, Online Duke) & Haiyan Zhou (Academic Technology Consultant – CIT)
Our presenters: Haiyan Zhou (Academic Technology Consultant – CIT), Randle Riddle (Academic Technology Consultant – CIT) & Willie Williamson (Online Course Builder, Online Duke)

Sakai upgrade August 16 – check out new features

Sakai will be upgraded on Tuesday, August 16. On August 16, this service will be unavailable from midnight to 5 p.m. EDT. All existing sites and their content will be retained.

The new version includes a mobile friendly design, brand new gradebook, revamped Lessons and Tests & Quizzes tools, and more.

Detailed support documentation will be available at http://support.sakai.duke.edu on the 16th. Also, go here to see a complete listing of workshops & to register: https://cit.duke.edu/events/

Questions should be directed to the Duke Sakai Team sakaiteam@duke.edu.

Faculty visualization workshop on May 16 – Apply now!

Stephanie Evergreen will be visiting Duke on the morning of Monday, May 16 to teach a half-day visualization workshop. This workshop will be co-sponsored by the Center for Instructional Technology (CIT) and the Duke Digital Initiative (DDI) and will be targeted to teaching faculty (at Duke) who are considering incorporating visualizations into courses.

The workshop will cover basic visualization design techniques. It will not presume any pre-existing knowledge of visualization, and faculty do not need to have concrete ideas for how to use visualization in their courses in order to attend. For a few ideas on how visualizations might be incorporated into courses, see the visualization section of the recent DDI Call for Proposals.

Event details:
Faculty Workshop on Visualization Design
Monday, May 16
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (lunch will be served)
The Edge Workshop Room (Bostock Library)

The instruction portion of the workshop will last from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  At noon, attendees will participate in a Duke-specific discussion on the challenges of incorporating visualization into courses.  Lunch will be served.  Attendance at the lunch discussion is expected for all workshop attendees.

Application form: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_723hCa3xNIdf6zX

What’s new in Sakai 11?

Duke’s Center for Instructional Technology (CIT)  is offering several demo workshops about what’s new in Sakai 11.  Sakai 11 has a new mobile-friendly user interface, and enhancements to many tools such as the Gradebook, Lessons, and Tests & Quizzes.  Sign up to learn more – https://cit.duke.edu/events/list-view/.