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The Duke Online impact is global.

Online technologies allow new ways for Duke faculty to educate individuals worldwide, fulfilling the university’s strategic goal of contributing knowledge in the service of society.

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More than 4 million individuals from virtually every country in the world have signed up for an open‐access online course from Duke. Duke MOOCs have seen significant enrollments from global priority areas:

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Our campus & beyond

In an ongoing intiative to drive innovation, Duke faculty are engaged in a range of online education projects, including open online courses that reach thousands of students worldwide, for-credit campus courses that mix online and live classroom sessions, and small classes via video conferencing to bring students from different universities into collaboratively taught courses.

Online Duke has supported dozens of instructors across 30+ departments to develop 77 online courses and projects.

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Our Team

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Nicholas Janes

Online Course Builder

Nicholas Janes is an Online Course Builder helping to develop, build, and manage Duke University’s massive open online courses (MOOCs). He has a wide rang of interests, including web design, digital video, and web technologies. Working as an OCB helps fulfill many of his interests, as well as his desire for continual learning. He graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of North Dakota. Nicholas was one of the first students at the university to earn his communications degree completely online. He plans to enroll soon in an online master’s in Instructional Technology degree program from either East Carolina University or Florida State University.

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Justin Johnsen

eLearning Applications Specialist for Online Courses

Currently I supervise our Online Course Builders (OCBs) as we assist Duke faculty to develop massive open online courses (MOOCs). Our team maintains a deep knowledge of the features of the implemented platforms and can offer suggestions on how to use online tools to achieve teaching goals. I am the primary technical liaison for Duke with the Coursera company, and I keep up to date on the latest platform features and issues to share with our CIT staff and Duke faculty. I have previously worked closely on ‘Introduction to Genetics and Evolution’, ‘Introduction to Astronomy’, ‘Medical Neuroscience’, ‘Responding to 9/11’, ‘Understanding 9/11’, ‘Marine Megafauna | An Introduction to Marine Science and Conservation’, and ‘Tropical Parasitology’, all offered by Duke and Coursera. Each course has had a unique character that developed while building the course and blooms when the students join together to engage with the class videos, conceptual ideas, and each other. My goal is to encourage the growth of the unique learning communities that occur within each course. My academic background is in physics (BS from the University of Minnesota) and astrophysics (MS from the University of Chicago).

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Courtney Lockemer

Communications Manager

Courtney develops and coordinates ways to share information about Duke’s Online Education Initiatives with internal and external audiences. Her role includes managing the Initiatives’ branding, online website, social media, and other communications tools. She also works with Duke faculty with communications and engagement strategies for their open online courses. Courtney was formerly the Communications and Outreach Manager at Columbia University’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL). She previously held a communications job in Duke’s Office of Information Technology, in which she helped promote innovative projects such as Duke’s iPod First Year Experience. Courtney holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Princeton University as well as an M.F.A. in Studio for Interrelated Media from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her interests include contemporary art, experimental film, and studio art pedagogy in higher education.

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Kun Li

Online Course Builder

Kun Li helps with designing, developing, and implementing Duke’s Coursera courses. Her interests include motivational design, web 2.0 technologies, online education, and cross-cultural education. Kun received a M.Ed. in Computer Education and Technology from Ohio University in 2013. She is working on her dissertation on motivational design in online learning environment and expects a doctorate degree in Instructional Technology.

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Kimberly Manturuk

Manager for Program Assessment

Kim manages CIT’s research and evaluation initiatives.  She has expertise in all aspects of evaluation planning and execution including survey design, research protocol development, attrition analysis, statistical methods, propensity score analysis, and stakeholder identification.  She has overseen many different types of evaluations including retrospective (pre/post) studies, random control trials, proof-of-concept evaluations, and qualitative projects.  Kim is particularly interested in understanding the relationship between different types of interactions and learning outcomes in MOOCs and flipped classrooms. Prior to joining CIT, Kim was a Senior Research Associate at the UNC Center for Community Capital where she designed and implemented evaluations of programs aimed at increasing financial inclusion with an emphasis on emerging mobile technologies.  She led several large, multi-site evaluations and spearheaded a national initiative to standardize measures across the field of financial services research.  Kim also teaches online courses through the UNC Friday Center for Continuing Education.  Kim holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her B.A. from Indiana University.

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Shawn J. Miller

Director / Center for Instructional Technology

Shawn leads the Center for Instructional Technology (CIT) in its mission to help faculty explore, develop and evaluate innovative ways to use technology and new pedagogies to meet their teaching goals.

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Matthew Rascoff

Associate Vice Provost for Digital Education and Innovation

Matthew Rascoff is the Associate Vice Provost for Digital Education and Innovation at Duke University. He was previously Vice President and founder of the Office of Learning Technology & Innovation for the University of North Carolina system, where he worked from 2014-17. In 2012-13, Matthew launched JSTOR’s first international office in Berlin, where he was also a Fellow of the Bertelsmann Foundation and a strategic advisor to the Robert Bosch Foundation. He previously led product management teams at Wireless Generation, an education technology company (acquired by News Corporation in 2010 and renamed Amplify). In 2011, he built and launched Wireless Generation’s product development center in Durham, North Carolina. Earlier in his career Matthew helped launch the strategy group at ITHAKA, an incubator of higher education technology ventures (now Ithaka S+R). Matthew’s experience includes Google, where he worked on the Book Search operations team, and Katzenbach Partners, a strategy consulting firm. After undergraduate studies at Columbia University he did graduate work at Bogazici University in Istanbul on a Fulbright Scholarship. He also earned an MBA from

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Quentin Ruiz-Esparza

Associate Program Director

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Heather Valli

Online Course Builder

Heather Valli is an Online Course Builder, helping to develop and manage online courses in Coursera, Open edX, and Sakai. A former website developer, eLearning administrator, and college instructor, Heather finds online course development an enjoyable way to engage many of her skill sets. Her interests include the environment, global health, transformative media, and English literature. Heather has a BA and and a MA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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William Williamson

Online Course Builder

Willie Williamson helps develop and manage MOOCs. Willie possesses a strong interest in both public health and online learning. While earning a Masters in Public Health (MPH) and an Ed.D. at the University of North Carolina, he was able to indulge both interests by helping to develop one of the first online MPH degree programs offered in the United States.

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Nicholas Janes

Online Course Builder

Nicholas Janes is an Online Course Builder helping to develop, build, and manage Duke University’s massive open online courses (MOOCs). He has a wide rang of interests, including web design, digital video, and web technologies. Working as an OCB helps fulfill many of his interests, as well as his desire for continual learning. He graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of North Dakota. Nicholas was one of the first students at the university to earn his communications degree completely online. He plans to enroll soon in an online master’s in Instructional Technology degree program from either East Carolina University or Florida State University.

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Justin Johnsen

eLearning Applications Specialist for Online Courses

Currently I supervise our Online Course Builders (OCBs) as we assist Duke faculty to develop massive open online courses (MOOCs). Our team maintains a deep knowledge of the features of the implemented platforms and can offer suggestions on how to use online tools to achieve teaching goals. I am the primary technical liaison for Duke with the Coursera company, and I keep up to date on the latest platform features and issues to share with our CIT staff and Duke faculty. I have previously worked closely on ‘Introduction to Genetics and Evolution’, ‘Introduction to Astronomy’, ‘Medical Neuroscience’, ‘Responding to 9/11’, ‘Understanding 9/11’, ‘Marine Megafauna | An Introduction to Marine Science and Conservation’, and ‘Tropical Parasitology’, all offered by Duke and Coursera. Each course has had a unique character that developed while building the course and blooms when the students join together to engage with the class videos, conceptual ideas, and each other. My goal is to encourage the growth of the unique learning communities that occur within each course. My academic background is in physics (BS from the University of Minnesota) and astrophysics (MS from the University of Chicago).

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Courtney Lockemer

Communications Manager

Courtney develops and coordinates ways to share information about Duke’s Online Education Initiatives with internal and external audiences. Her role includes managing the Initiatives’ branding, online website, social media, and other communications tools. She also works with Duke faculty with communications and engagement strategies for their open online courses. Courtney was formerly the Communications and Outreach Manager at Columbia University’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL). She previously held a communications job in Duke’s Office of Information Technology, in which she helped promote innovative projects such as Duke’s iPod First Year Experience. Courtney holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Princeton University as well as an M.F.A. in Studio for Interrelated Media from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her interests include contemporary art, experimental film, and studio art pedagogy in higher education.

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Kun Li

Online Course Builder

Kun Li helps with designing, developing, and implementing Duke’s Coursera courses. Her interests include motivational design, web 2.0 technologies, online education, and cross-cultural education. Kun received a M.Ed. in Computer Education and Technology from Ohio University in 2013. She is working on her dissertation on motivational design in online learning environment and expects a doctorate degree in Instructional Technology.

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Kimberly Manturuk

Manager for Program Assessment

Kim manages CIT’s research and evaluation initiatives.  She has expertise in all aspects of evaluation planning and execution including survey design, research protocol development, attrition analysis, statistical methods, propensity score analysis, and stakeholder identification.  She has overseen many different types of evaluations including retrospective (pre/post) studies, random control trials, proof-of-concept evaluations, and qualitative projects.  Kim is particularly interested in understanding the relationship between different types of interactions and learning outcomes in MOOCs and flipped classrooms. Prior to joining CIT, Kim was a Senior Research Associate at the UNC Center for Community Capital where she designed and implemented evaluations of programs aimed at increasing financial inclusion with an emphasis on emerging mobile technologies.  She led several large, multi-site evaluations and spearheaded a national initiative to standardize measures across the field of financial services research.  Kim also teaches online courses through the UNC Friday Center for Continuing Education.  Kim holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her B.A. from Indiana University.

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Shawn J. Miller

Director / Center for Instructional Technology

Shawn leads the Center for Instructional Technology (CIT) in its mission to help faculty explore, develop and evaluate innovative ways to use technology and new pedagogies to meet their teaching goals.

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Matthew Rascoff

Associate Vice Provost for Digital Education and Innovation

Matthew Rascoff is the Associate Vice Provost for Digital Education and Innovation at Duke University. He was previously Vice President and founder of the Office of Learning Technology & Innovation for the University of North Carolina system, where he worked from 2014-17. In 2012-13, Matthew launched JSTOR’s first international office in Berlin, where he was also a Fellow of the Bertelsmann Foundation and a strategic advisor to the Robert Bosch Foundation. He previously led product management teams at Wireless Generation, an education technology company (acquired by News Corporation in 2010 and renamed Amplify). In 2011, he built and launched Wireless Generation’s product development center in Durham, North Carolina. Earlier in his career Matthew helped launch the strategy group at ITHAKA, an incubator of higher education technology ventures (now Ithaka S+R). Matthew’s experience includes Google, where he worked on the Book Search operations team, and Katzenbach Partners, a strategy consulting firm. After undergraduate studies at Columbia University he did graduate work at Bogazici University in Istanbul on a Fulbright Scholarship. He also earned an MBA from

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Quentin Ruiz-Esparza

Associate Program Director

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Heather Valli

Online Course Builder

Heather Valli is an Online Course Builder, helping to develop and manage online courses in Coursera, Open edX, and Sakai. A former website developer, eLearning administrator, and college instructor, Heather finds online course development an enjoyable way to engage many of her skill sets. Her interests include the environment, global health, transformative media, and English literature. Heather has a BA and and a MA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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William Williamson

Online Course Builder

Willie Williamson helps develop and manage MOOCs. Willie possesses a strong interest in both public health and online learning. While earning a Masters in Public Health (MPH) and an Ed.D. at the University of North Carolina, he was able to indulge both interests by helping to develop one of the first online MPH degree programs offered in the United States.

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