Information for the Spring 2020 Semester

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We hope the following information will help you prepare for teaching this semester.

  1. To do: Publishing and publicizing your Sakai site. You or your academic assistant (or must publish your Sakai site before your students can interact with it. They will also receive NO email from the Sakai course email list unless it is published. Please let us know when you have published your site by sending an email to . We maintain a list of published sites (and live email lists) at: .
  1. To do: Class recording (DukeCapture). Please contact your academic assistant or directly email Media Services ( to schedule class recordings.

The model for class recordings is now simplified: All classes recorded, or individual sessions only recorded by request.

  • All classes recorded. Media Services will set up the system to record all your regularly scheduled class sessions. We will send a link to your assistant (or to you if desired) that provides access to all recordings. If you wish to share all recordings with students, you must add this link to the Resources section of your Sakai site. You will also have "Creator access" in the Panopto system, and can get the unique Share link for each individual session to share with individuals or with the class as desired.
  • Classes recorded by request. Please provide at least two days' notice. Special-request recordings are saved in a public folder on the Panopto system and should therefore be considered less private than the all-class recording option.
  1. Sakai (online course management). Sakai requests and questions, both routine and advanced, can be sent to .
  1. Course Email Lists. We use Sakai to provide you with email lists to communicate with your classes. You can view your email list address by going to your Sakai site and clicking on “Email Archive” in the left menu. When you email your class, please be careful – your email client may think you want to email the class list from a previous semester and may fill that address in – you can usually just edit that entry for the correct semester to send to the current class.
  1. Course rosters. You can request a roster or photo roster or seating chart through your academic assistant. If you wish to access rosters on your own, the Registrar can request DukeHub access on your behalf. Separately, please note that some students have created name pronunciation videos or audio recordings to assist with pronouncing their names. You can look up existing videos in the law school student directory: . If you would like a roster created with links to name pronunciation videos/recordings, please contact your academic assistant or Webupdates (
  1. Training and classroom assistance. Academic Technologies staff members are available to train you, students or assistants on the audio-visual (A/V) equipment in your classroom (please email to schedule). Media Services can help with video materials you intend to use in class. For urgent problems with classroom technology, call the media hotline at 919-613-7249 (all A/V-capable classrooms have a phone for this purpose). The Crestron A/V system in some rooms also has a “Help!” button. Please note that our staff is available for training and to respond to problems, but we are not staffed sufficiently to meet instructors in their classrooms “just in case.” A description of the technology in the classrooms is here:  
  1. Sharing content with students. These are some other options for making content available, especially if you want to modify it during class:
    • The Smart Podiums are available in all our medium and large classrooms for annotating materials on the classroom computer, such as PowerPoint slides. We would be pleased to provide training.
    • iPad and Mac laptop users can wirelessly project their devices’ display via Airplay in most classrooms; Windows laptop users can now also do so via Ditto software in the larger classrooms. You may find this simpler and less problem-prone than connecting via cable. Please contact Media Services via if you have any questions about wireless projection.
    • If you plan on using a document camera, please let Media Services know, since not every room has a document camera set up.
    • The built-in computers in the big classrooms on the 3rd and 4th floors can display your PowerPoint speaker notes on the lectern and confidence monitor. Press the "Extended Desktop" button in the Projector window on the Crestron display, then in the Slideshow menu on PowerPoint select the monitor as "Primary Monitor" and check Presenter View. Restart computer and shut down room when done to undo the changes.  
  1. Audio and video conferencing. Classrooms with cameras and microphones allow you to use Skype, Zoom, WebEx and other software for audio and video conferencing with a remote speaker or participant. Media Services is available to work with you to choose the best tool for the job. Training can be scheduled via: .  
  1. Extending the classroom. An Academic Technologies-Law Library working group has assembled information on software applications that can help you explore ways to extend your interaction with students, both outside and within the classroom, such as in-class polling or online forums. We invite you to take a look at the extending-the-classroom resources page: . For help with integrating a technology component into an assignment or activity for students, please contact us via  
  1. Laptops and your classroom. Many students rely on their laptops for note-taking, access to supplemental materials and the occasional in-class Internet search on factual questions. Laptops can serve as a distancing or distracting object in the classroom. Responses vary: Some instructors have chosen to ban laptops altogether; some decide when laptops are needed and when they are disruptive and should be closed; others have an informal contract with students to allow laptops unless that permission is abused; and still others have no problem with laptops. Please make your classroom laptop policy available in writing at the beginning of the semester.
  1. Equipment in the classroom. Please do not move A/V equipment on your own. Most devices are not intended to be disconnected, and the next person who needs to use the equipment may not be able to reconnect it themselves. If the A/V equipment is a hindrance to your teaching, please discuss options with Media Services ( ). If there are immediate issues, please use the media hotline (919-613-7249). We recommend restarting the classroom computer and turning off the projector or screen at the end of every class, unless you know the next instructor prefers you leave it on.
  1. In case of severe weather and other interruptions. Academic Technologies can assist when conditions make it difficult to meet in your classroom at the scheduled time. Media Services can describe your options and help you get set up. Please contact for a consultation.