Internet Instruction

Duke offers its first online-only courses

During the summer session, undergraduates were offered two courses online, a first for Duke. The courses were aimed at students who left campus for the summer but sought alternative ways to earn academic credit during those months.

A creative-writing course was offered to students participating in civic-engagement experiences around the globe and was meant to complement the service learning students were doing during the day. The course, listed as English 109S, was primarily taught on Blackboard course-management software.

The other course, Education 168, required that students participate in virtual meetings at least once a week. Students were given Web cameras and special software to make this possible. The course’s topic? Innovation in American education systems.

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