Digital technologies are playing an increasing role in college and university instruction. Many of our graduate students see digital education as an inevitable part of their future academic world and have expressed great interest in professional development that will allow them to understand and explore digital pedagogy and multiple career paths (ex: online education, education technology, digital publishing, innovative teaching). The Digital Education Fellowship program, developed in partnership with Duke Learning Innovation, helps meet that need and provides support for one semester (Fall or Spring). 

The Bass Digital Education Fellowship is a single semester program, and includes three key components:

  1. A seminar course that prepares students to critically engage with themes of 21st century teaching and learning (GS762: Digital Pedagogy), which must be completed prior to the start of the Bass DEF;

  2. Practical opportunities to develop online teaching skills and gain direct experience during an academic semester with Duke faculty-led digital projects and Learning Innovation;  

  3. A seminar series (GS772: Bass Digital Education Colloquium) taken concurrently with the apprenticeship, where Fellows gain digital learning design and development experience, collaboratively problem-solve design challenges and explore strategies to overcome them; and engage with Duke faculty and digital education leaders.

This fellowship provides coverage of tuition, mandatory fees, and stipend for the semester that the DEF (not the GS 762 course) occurs.

Digital Education Fellowship in Learning Innovation

As a Digital Education Fellow you will collaborate on leading-edge projects in partnership with Duke faculty under the supervision of Learning Innovation.  Learning Innovation is currently supporting faculty in teaching innovation, to explore new digital technologies for learning, and to develop new online education models and programs in Duke undergraduate education.

You could be assigned to work on any of these projects to support faculty in their digital explorations, depending on which projects are available. When you begin your fellowship we will attempt to match your disciplinary background (if there are projects in your discipline area), and your interests, but we can't guarantee perfect alignment, nor is it necessary for a successful learning experience in this fellowship. Given the timelines of many of Learning Innovation’s digital projects, you may be assigned to an existing project.

When you begin the fellowship in Learning Innovation, you will receive training to make sure you are up-to-speed on the technologies you will be using. Some of that training will occur as part of the assignments in the GS 762 course, but you likely will need additional training once you begin the apprenticeship.

A primary goal of this fellowship is to provide you with a wide range of professional development activities and opportunities to help you develop practical online teaching skills and experiences that you can apply in your own professional career in the future. Fellowship activities  could include the following:

  • Collaborate with faculty, project team, and engage key stakeholders throughout the project;
  • Develop innovative teaching approaches for online and hybrid courses;
  • Provide design and development support on digital projects;
  • Explore digital tools and resources;
  • Assist with video creation and development;
  • Build assessments based on content provided by the faculty member;
  • Proof and test project materials before students can access them:
  • Gather, collate, or analyze project data under the direction of research staff and others.

This range of activities is intended to give you knowledge of and experience in all phases of digital teaching and learning, project design, development, implementation, and evaluation.