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Annual Teaching and Learning Showcase

The university-wide annual teaching and learning showcase usually happens in the end of Fall semesters, attracting faculty, students, and staff from both DKU and Duke to celebrate, reflect, and envision teaching and learning.  

Reimagine the Future of Higher Education 2023

Friday, December 8th, China time/Thursday, December 7th, EST

In the era of Artificial Intelligence (AI), there is a growing recognition of the implications of integrating AI into education. It is the time to discuss the opportunities and limitations, explore the use of AI in teaching and learning, and reimagine the future of higher education. The showcase will feature case studies of adopting innovative teaching and assessment strategies in response to the emerging technologies.

This university-wide event includes inspiring keynote speech, lightning talks, faculty-student panel discussions, guest talk, and networking sessions. Throughout the day, attendees will have ample opportunities to exchange ideas, gain insight into student perspectives, and share best practices with their peers.

Keynote Speech by Dr. Bryan Alexander    watch the recording (slides)


Featured Faculty Lightning Talks   watch the recording

Going Old-school in New Ways by Renee Richer, Biology

Socrates in the Machine: LLMs as Interlocutors by Daniel Weissglass, Philosophy

Linking Behavioral Science Teaching with Real-World Challenges by Claudia Nisa, Behaviour Science

Exploring Generative AI for Graduate-level Academic Writing: Pedagogy, Reflection, and Research by Joseph Davies, English Language and Benjamin Gutscher, English Language

Teaching and Research for Precision Health and Medicine Using AI-Generated Contents by Ming-Chun Huang, Data and Computational Science and student: Zilin Jiang’24


Student and Faculty Panel: Navigating ethics, academic policies, and student needs in the age    watch the recording

  • Moderator: Sebastián Portilla’25 (Institutions and Governance, public policy track)
  • Faculty panelists: Prof. Junyi Li (English Language), Prof. Paul Stanley (Physics; Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies), Prof. Kaizhu Huang (Electrical and Computer Engineering; Director of Data Science Research Center)
  • Student panelists: Tianyu Xu’25 (Psychology), Xinyue Liu’25 (Molecular BioScience), Muhammad (Ajlal) Ajlal’26


Guest Talk: Oral Exams: An Ancient Tool to Foster Learning in Modern Education   watch the recording

  • by Dr. Huihui Qi, Associate Teaching Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UC San Diego
  • Description: Oral exams as a testing tool date back to ancient times.  Its dialogic and adaptive nature allows effective assessment of students’ mastery and upper limit of knowledge. Instructors benefit from a deeper understanding of students’ thought processes, which, in turn, nurtures productive thinking.  Students, on the other hand, receive targeted and relevant feedback on their problem-solving approaches, enhancing their metacognition and guiding them towards deep and enduring learning, with the capacity for flexible knowledge retention and application. This is particularly crucial in the ever-evolving landscape of modern education, whether facing the opportunities and challenges presented by the era of artificial intelligence or navigating the complexities of remote teaching during a global pandemic. We need assessment tools to proactively promote academic integrity by fostering excellence, and oral exams are one of those tools.

    Despite their over two-millennia existence, oral exams continue to be unfamiliar and daunting for many instructors and students in contemporary education. Instructors often grapple with challenges in designing and implementing oral exams, while students require more guidance on how to prepare effectively for these assessments beyond simply being informed of their format.

    In this workshop, Dr. Huihui Qi will delve into the findings of an NSF-funded project focused on using oral exams to enhance students’ learning experiences. She will discuss the multifaceted advantages of oral exams, considering them as both an assessment tool and a feedback mechanism, and exploring their affective benefits. Furthermore, Dr. Qi will share her team’s experiences and resources developed to address the scalability challenges of oral exams. Finally, she will provide insights into the practical aspects of implementing oral exams, covering logistical preparations, strategies for preparing students effectively, and more.

    This project received funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation under Award #2044472.

Hybrid event
Prof. Joseph Davies during the lightning talk
Prof. Ming-Chun Huang
Faculty and student panel
Lunch roundtable discussion
Guest talk by Dr. Qi
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Learning Community Across Boundaries 2022

Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, China time/Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, EST 

Keynote speech: 
Learning and Innovation Beyond Boundaries
by Yakut Gazi, Vice Provost for Learning Innovation and Digital Education, Duke University
Featured faculty and student presentations:
Industry 4.0 Open Educational Resource Publication Initiatives
Luyao Zhang, Economics and students: Tianyu Wu’23, Xinyu Tian’23, Zesen Zhuang’23, Yufan Zhang’23
From grading to ungrading
Ben Van Overmeire, Religious Studies and student: Hao Gong’25
Learning from practitioners and from practicing environmental policy making and advocacy
Coraline Goron, Environmental Policy & iMEP
What makes teachers special? Reflection on teaching & research integration
Mengtian Chen, Chinese Language
Teaching across time, space, and discipline: Reflections on community, flexibility, and goal setting
Annemieke Van Den Dool, Environmental Policy
From resilience via innovation to integration: Towards post-pandemic teaching & learning
Kai Huang, Physics
Xin Tong, Computation and Design
Yitzhak Lewis, Humanities
Meifang Chen, Health Policy
Changcheng Zhang, Physics
Lunji Zhu’23, Yutong Shi’24, William Trowbridge’25 
Concurrent workshops:
  • How We Learn by CTL
  • Foster Digital Literacy in Every Class by CTL
  • Dare to Change: The 10-year Journey of Teaching in a Liberal Arts College by Dr. Yi-Lung Kuo (BNU-HKBU United International College)
  • DKU International Student Learning Experiences by CTL student partner
See the university news report here: Teaching showcase promotes learning across boundaries
Hybrid event
Student presenters during the lightning talk
Prof. Mengtian Chen
Faculty and student panel
Lunch roundtable discussion
Afternoon workshop led by CTL student partner
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Future Ahead 2021

Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, China time/ Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, EST
Keynote speech: 
The Future is Now… and the Future Ahead 
by Shawn J. Miller, Director for Duke Learning Innovation and Associate Vice Provost for Digital Education and Innovation (Interim), Duke University 
Featured faculty and student presentations:
Developing Proper Intuition in the Active Learning of Science
Paul Stanley
Strategies for Blended Teaching and Learning
Qian Zhu & Qingyi Yin22
Role-play Debate Class Activity
Hyun Jeong Ha & Shuzhe Wang24
Teaching Advanced Programming with A Flipped Classroom Approach 
Ivan Mura
Using Google Maps Street View to Develop an Immersive Virtual Study Tour
Joseph A. Davies & Laura J. Davies
Empowering Students with Transformative Teaching Techniques
Seth Henderson
Pippa Morgan, Political Science
Floyd Beckford, Chemistry
Vivian Xu, Media & Arts
Yutong Shi’24, Zezhen Wang’24, Christine Sui’23, Zhixian Zhang’23, Alberto Najarro’22
Concurrent workshops:
  • Five Active Learning Techniques by CTL & faculty
  • Educational Research to Inform Future Teaching and Learning by CTL & faculty 
  • Rethinking Higher Ed with Classical Chinese Thought by Charlie Reis (XJTLU) 
  • Innovatively Adopting Technologies in Learning by CTL student partners
Hybrid event
Prof. Ivan Mura
Prof. Hyun Jeong Ha and her student
Faculty and student panel
Active learning workshop
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Time to Rethink and Transform Teaching and Learning 2020

Friday, Dec. 11, 2020, China time/ Thursday, Dec. 11, 2020, EST
Keynote speech
Rooted Futurism: How to Make Change in Higher Education
by Matthew Rascoff, Associate Vice Provost for Digital Ed. and Innovation, Duke University 
Featured faculty and student presentations: 
Teaching with Care at the Center
Nicole Barnes & Lingli Tang’22
Engaging with Students in Environmental Sciences in a Time of COVID
Journal Club as a Team-based Culminating Project
Mark Spaller & Zhexi (Alex) Jin’23 
Rethinking Faculty Collaboration in First-Year EAP Courses
Kristin Hiller
Leveraging Classroom Technologies for Liberal Arts Teaching
Charles Chang
A Krebs Cycle Approach to Interdisciplinary Education
Vivian Xu & Benjamin Bacon
The Nature of Salience: An Illustration of Online Games
Gergely Horvath
Effective Teaching in the Era of Covid-19: Dos and Don’ts 
Chenkai Wu & Xiao (Anne) Liu’23
The Structure of Flipped Chinese 201 & the Use of Sakai-Weeks
Xiaofei Pan
Using a Vlog Assignment for Interdisciplinary Learning
Wanggi Jaung
Semi-automation of Subjective Grading
Daniel Weissglass
Conducting Lab-based Science Courses in Response to the Pandemic
Kai Huang
The DKU Common Core
James Miller
Yinan Du’22, Alberto Najarro’22, Spencer Reeves’22, Henry Stevens’22, Lingli Tang’22, Haibei Zhang’22, Zaiying Yang’23, Yihao Zhong’23
Hybrid event
Prof. Chenkai Wu and his student presenting at the showcase
Prof. Mark Spaller presenting as a remote participant
Student panel
Chancellor Feng presented the 2020 Apereo Teaching and Learning Award (ATLAS) to the China in the World teaching team and Luisa Li from CTL
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Teaching with Technology 2019

Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, China time
Featured faculty and student presentations: 
Adaptive Learning and eBooks
William Winner
Using Zoom for Remote Classes
Using Sakai Lessons Tool to Promote Engagement
Kris Hiller & Xiaoyin (Katherine) Kang’23
Li Xu
Storytelling through Storymapping
Nellie Chu & Lingli Tang’22
Using Video with WarpWire
Kevin Sprague
Using WordPress at Sites@Duke in the Classroom
William Parsons & Sylvia Lacher’22
Using GIS for the Conservation of Endangered Species
Binbin Li
Support Instruction and Streamline Feedback with Screencasting
Saghar Leslie Naghib & Xiao (Anne) Liu’23
Benefits of Competition
Xiaochen Zhang
User Experience Report of Gradescope
Kai Huang & Wei Ji
Data/Computer Science Autograding
Daniel Lim
Prof. Daniel Lim
Prof. Kris Hiller and her student
Student moderators Lingli Tang and Spencer Reeves
Prof. Xiaochen Zhang
Prof. Binbin Li and Prof. Kevin Sprague
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