Information for the Spring 2021 Semester

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The following is intended to aid in your preparation for teaching in a hybrid and online manner this Spring semester.

You can find additional information on the Teaching and Learning page and workshop videos on a variety of teaching tools, course and assessment design, and Zoom tips and security at this OIT Keep Teaching page. Please don't hesitate to contact us directly with questions, comments or suggestions, now or at any time during the semester. Please also take advantage of the Academic Technologies Helpdesk whenever you have a question about technology at the law school (919-613-7072,, Law-HelpDesk in Outlook).

Important start-of-semester tasks:

  • Publish your Sakai site before the semester begins or contact to have them do so

  • Reach out to to schedule a training session via Zoom

  • Run a test class session with colleagues in order to get familiar with the Zoom class workflow.
    Faculty working groups have been established to facilitate these gatherings.

  • Download the Zoom app on your phone or mobile device. Contact the Help Desk if you need assistance with this. Remember to bring those devices into the classroom (for in-building instruction). Zoom will be a method for troubleshooting with Help Desk and Media Services staff.

  • Link your Zoom account to Warpwire and create rules to send recordings to the appropriate course folder. Your administrative assistants can walk you through this process. Media Services is also available for support. More information is located here.

General items for your attention:

  1. Sakai (online course management). Academic Technologies and the Law Library teamed up to build a Sakai Training site with instructional videos and tutorials on how to setup and utilize Sakai as your online classroom hub – Duke Law: Online. This tutorial site is open to the Duke Law community, and we encourage all instructors and their assistants to view the instructional contents before building out their course sites. Sakai requests and questions, both routine and advanced, can be sent to
  2. Course Email Lists. We use Sakai to provide you with email lists to communicate with your classes; however, you (or, alternatively, your assistant or must publish your Sakai site before your students will receive ANY email sent to the email list. 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 current semester.
  3. Publishing and publicizing your Sakai site. Please let us know when you have published your site by sending an email to We have a list of published sites (and live email lists) at:

    We regularly check for published sites at the beginning of the semester, but your assistance will help us to keep that page accurate and up to date.
  4. Class recording in Zoom and Panopto (in classroom). All Spring semester classes must be recorded in Zoom. In building: Classrooms with cameras have the DukeCapture system, using the Panopto software. This system supports both ad hoc and scheduled recordings. Please make sure to coordinate with Media Services if you want recordings scheduled for your in-building courses as a backup.
  5. Training and classroom assistance. Academic Technologies staff members are available to answer questions and concerns via Zoom. Please contact the Help Desk or Media Services for available slots. For urgent problems with classroom technology, please 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 always available for training and to respond to problems, but we are not staffed sufficiently to be able to meet instructors in their classrooms “just in case.” Considering the distancing standards set forth by Duke University, we also want to make sure we follow safety guidelines when interacting with faculty and classrooms. Remote assistance will be conducted via Zoom – remember to bring a phone or mobile device (with Zoom app downloaded) for ease of communication.

    A description of technology available in the classrooms is available here:
  6. Additional resources available for integrating law and technology issues. If you would like help from Academic Technologies with integrating a technology component into an assignment or activity for students, please refer to the Duke Law: Online Sakai site or contact the Help Desk.
  7. Laptops and your classroom. Laptops may prove to be a valuable tool if the classroom technology fails or if you’d like in-building students to interact in Zoom breakout rooms. Students in the classroom can join the Zoom meeting so long as their mic and sound are muted.
  8. Equipment in the classroom. Please do not move A/V equipment on your own. Much of the equipment is not designed 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.