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Duke Digital Initiative (DDI)

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The Duke Digital Initiative (DDI) is a major instructional technology program focused on experimentation, development, and implementation of digital technology in an academic environment. Over a three-year cycle, the DDI will incorporate digital audio, images and video, collaboration tools and tablet and hand-held computing. This Web site serves as a central clearinghouse of information on the DDI for members of the Duke community and the general public.
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Material Type: Case Study
Technical Format: Podcast
Date Added to MERLOT: December 27, 2005
Date Modified in MERLOT: May 13, 2009


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Language: English
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Avatar for Karen Wisdom
10 years ago

Karen Wisdom (Faculty)

Duke University is known for its excellence in scholarship - it is of no surprise that they embrace the use of technology to enhance learning. What is particularly noteworthy is that the scope of this initiative spans not just the individual classroom or college discipline but scholarship as a whole. In keeping with true academic collaboration, Duke University has provided a comprehensive, user-friendly website that will be invaluable to educators interested in incorporating technology in their classrooms.

Avatar for tatjana mitrovic
10 years ago

tatjana mitrovic (Student)

I am currently creating language and cultural materials to be used on iPOds and am just thrilled to see all of the work that you have already done.

Technical Remarks:

I was going through the Fall 2006 material available on ipods and I am glad to see that my it is possible to teach not only the language, but also the culture via iPods. I was particularly impressed with the lessons on Italian theater and Chinese culture. I like the way how the students and the teachers use iPods consequently and how students use iPods not only in classroom, but also to prepare for the class.

Avatar for Sarmad Alkhayatt
10 years ago

Sarmad Alkhayatt (Faculty)

Great example of teaching technology in the classroom. I work for DLI in Monterey, CA and they too have started distributing iPods for student and instructor use. Duke University's evaluation will be a great resource for all other institutions when deciding on how greatly podcasts and webcasts benefit the students in learning.

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None, some spelling corrections needed

Avatar for Ismaeil Elrehaima
10 years ago

Ismaeil Elrehaima (Student)

This is a very useful website for any teacher or any educational institution interested in using modern technology in the class. This website promotes innovative and effective teaching by using technology to enhance the learning process. I really like the link that says “Ideas for technology use”, where you can find detailed answers to questions like: * How do I use audio clips in my class? * How can I use interactive media in my class? * How can I use technology to improve students' learning in laboratory section? * How do I use a Tablet PC in my class? I also like the idea of using the iPod as a learning tool. My school has just provided all the students and teachers with iPods to be used for developing students’ listening skills.

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I would like to mention that this is a very friendly website that is very easy and very interesting to navigate. The points that I mentioned are just examples, as there are still many topics to learn about. Regarding the amount of useful material available at this website, it is very easy to get lost.