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Teaching IDEAS Series

Instructional Development for Excellence And Success is an annual workshop series open to Duke graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff. Invited speakers in this series will draw upon their experience to address topics relevant to classroom teaching, dealing with students, or faculty life and career paths. You will learn how to:

  • recognize the complex dimensions of classroom teaching and faculty life,
  • analyze difficult teaching situations and respond creatively,
  • improve your teaching skills by drawing upon various resources at Duke,
  • plan and design courses with the student perspective in mind, and
  • engage in scholarly conversations about college teaching and learning.

Fall 2021

  • Tuesday, August 24, 2021
    2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Supporting Trans* Scholars (Webinar)

    In this webinar, Dr. D-L Stewart will address the key questions and strategies needed to support trans* scholars, but also to reform and transform how we consider gender in the academy. Through discussion of institutional systems and processes, career advancement, microaggressions, and trans* resilience, attendees will gain greater insight into how they and their institutions can support trans* scholars. This free webinar is provided through Duke's institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity.

  • Tuesday, August 31, 2021
    3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    TA Training: Sakai Overview: Teaching Tools, Assignments and Gradebook

    Learn how to manage a Sakai course site. Demonstration of commonly used Sakai teaching tools, resources tool, site navigation, key features of assignments and the gradebook, and using Sakai forums. This workshop is part of the Teaching Assistant (TA) Training Series cosponsored with Duke Learning Innovation and is open to all with an interest in using Sakai in your instructional role.

  • Thursday, September 16, 2021
    3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    TA Training: Effective Use of Video in Teaching and Learning

    Learn how to effectively use video in your instructional role. We’ll explore options for creating video with a focus on Panopto. This includes providing feedback to students and creating knowledge checks (assessments) to facilitate learning. We'll also share best practices for recording video.

  • Tuesday, September 21, 2021
    2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Teaching with Empathy and for Equity at the Graduate Level (Webinar)

    Are you an advanced-stage PhD student considering a faculty career that will include graduate teaching? In this webinar, we will discuss how faculty can effectively, efficiently, and inclusively advise, mentor, teach, and support their graduate students. We will discuss strategies for building a foundation of trust in graduate teaching and mentoring relationships, providing constructive feedback on student work, and being advocates for students' needs. This free webinar is provided through Duke's institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity and is featured as part of the Teaching Ideas series.

  • Thursday, September 23, 2021
    3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    TA Training: Engaging Learners: Inclusive Online Discussions

    Learn effective skills to facilitate, engage and manage inclusive online discussions using Sakai Forums, Zoom, and VoiceThread. Hear from a panel of graduate students as they share their experiences as teaching assistants and current Bass Digital Education Fellows.

  • Tuesday, September 28, 2021
    3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

    The Teaching Statement: A Workshop

    A teaching portfolio is more than a collection of documents: it is set of claims about your teaching and evidence to support them. In this workshop, you will examine how claims and evidence can be framed in way that allows you demonstrate your skill (or potential) as a university instructor in a teaching statement supported by materials created by you.

  • Thursday, October 14, 2021
    3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    TA Training: What I Wish I Had Known About Being a TA (POSTPONED)

    Join us for a panel discussion, co-organized with Duke Libraries, with experienced graduate students who have TA’d and/or have been Instructors of Record from an array of disciplines. The panel discussion will include past experiences of managing in-person classrooms, office hours, grading, department-specific training, inclusivity, and active student engagement.

  • Thursday, November 4, 2021
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    Carrying the Innovation Forward to Teach Diverse Learners

    Join a Zoom panel of Carry the Innovation Forward (CIF) project teams as they share experiences and insights from their ongoing projects. Carry the Innovation Forward is a new Duke Learning Innovation program to "sustain and expand the learning innovations that arose at Duke during the COVID-19 pandemic." This panel is perfect for any instructor or teaching assistant wanting to learn how their Duke colleagues approach engaging diverse learners.

Past Workshops



Courtnea Rainey, PhD
Assistant Dean for Assessment and Evaluation
The Graduate School, Duke University