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Using Coursera for DKU - Student Guide

Using Coursera for DKU - Student Guide

What is Coursera for DKU?

As part of the Coursera Partners Consortium, Duke and DKU students have access to thousands of Coursera modules provided by Duke and other Coursera partner universities from around the world, including the University of Michigan, Yale University, Peking University, the University of Copenhagen, and more. These online modules are grouped into short, self-paced courses (typically composed of modules) that include videos and text-based lessons, practice exercises, and assessments. Other faculty at Duke have used these courses as online textbooks and video enrichment for their face-to-face and online courses.

DKU students can browse and enroll in these courses through the Coursera for DKU learning program.

How might Coursera for DKU be included in your DKU class?

Your professors might point you to the Coursera for DKU platform to access content in Coursera courses that would enrich your weekly class sessions – similar to how you might use a textbook or other educational resource. Coursera courses often include high quality videos, texts and other content that might be relevant to your DKU course. Many Coursera courses also include assessments (for example, quizzes) that can be useful as knowledge checks and practice for students. Please note however, that all graded assessments will still take place in Sakai or other locations outside of Coursera for DKU. Coursera for DKU exists to provide you access to a world of online content to support your learning but your primary online DKU course experience will take place in Sakai, Zoom, and other DKU tools and platforms.

We encourage you to freely explore the courses available through the Coursera Partner Consortium! This is an unparalleled opportunity for you to sample learning experiences from Duke and other world-class institutions.

How to find Coursera for DKU content

First, access Coursera for DKU.

  • Go to this url:
  • Once there, click the “Join for free” button in the middle of the screen.
  • Click “Login with Duke University.” A screen will appear with a place to login with your NetID. Do so.
  • You will receive an email to confirm your Coursera membership. Follow the directions in the email and your registration with Coursera will be complete.
  • If you have any difficulty logging into Coursera for DKU, contact [email protected] for support.

Next, find appropriate course content in Coursera. Use the “What do you want to learn” search bar to browse the catalog for a specific topic.

A number of courses related to that topic will appear. Click on any that seem potentially useful or interesting (or those that your professor has guided you to access).

When you click on a course, you will see an overview. The overview will give you insight into what the entire course is about and what it will cover.

If the course looks useful or interesting, click on “Enroll for free” and select the content you would like to access. For example, your professor might have suggested that you review “Particle Physics: An Introduction,” by the University of Geneva, and study the material in Week two, section

You would then have two videos, a reading, and a practice quiz to review for your course.

Each Coursera course includes a discussion forum where you can post general questions, ask for guidance, or just share something they’ve learned or perhaps something that would be beneficial to other learners.

Note: While you’re welcome to participate in discussion forums on Coursera, your professor might direct you to have DKU class-specific discussions in the Forums on Sakai.


Space Medicine, Duke’s first undergraduate-led online learning experience, to begin in July

The sky is no longer the limit for Duke’s course catalog.

Students and alumni can now register for Space Medicine, a six-week online learning experience set to debut on Coursera later this summer. 

Space medicine is the field of medicine in which patients are astronauts and flight crews. Given the extreme conditions of space, finding adequate methods of care can be a complex and difficult task. Space Medicine began as a house course taught during the fall and spring semesters by Dominic Tanzillo and Nick Saba, both Trinity ‘ 

“Each week, Nick and I would present a medical case study which would pose an interesting question which would lead us into a study of the physics and physiology of a space environment,” Tanzillo wrote.

The online course will offer participants a similar chance to reflect on questions related to survival in extreme environments, the challenges of living in space and more. Each of the six weeks involves two hours of interactive discussions and case studies, and Tanzillo and Saba have used various multimedia resources to support the material.

Tanzillo was originally introduced to the subject of space medicine while working as a member of Duke EMS during his undergraduate years. His interest continued to grow while completing an internship at the Johnson Space Center during the spring semester. 

Once he came up with the idea for a space medicine house course, Tanzillo reached out to Saba, his eventual co-instructor, and Professor of Physics Ronen Plesser, who sponsored the course. 

“For the Coursera course, we took the best elements [of the house course] and turned it into six weeks,” Tanzillo wrote. “We also incorporated some activities for weekly ‘Live Sessions’ to get audiences engaged.” 

Teaching the house course was one step, but the process of creating a beefed-up online learning experience required meetings, research and preparation. 

Over the course of several months, Tanzillo interviewed NASA engineers, astronauts and doctors, as well as Duke doctors and nurses to better understand what content to include. Saba and Plesser also helped design the syllabus.

The team assumed that prospective students signing up for the class would have little-to-no space medicine experience, so the main focus was to make the course as approachable and understandable as possible.

“We knew that there was a large number of students interested in space that weren’t going to become doctors, so we wanted to show that learning about aerospace medicine and being in that medical mindset could be just as valuable to a flight engineer as it would to a doctor,” Saba wrote. “We want to create a learning environment that can be relatable to anyone interested in space.”

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In December , Tanzillo was put in touch with Duke’s Learning Innovation department and fully invested himself in seeing the idea through. Working closely with Senior Learning Experience Designer Megan Lancaster and Quentin Ruiz-Esparza, associate director of Online Duke, the team was able to get the Coursera page up and running. As of June 13, over students had already registered for the class.

To Tanzillo, Space Medicine is far more than a senior project; it is a resource that he wishes he had during the early stages of his undergraduate career and one that he knows will benefit many students to come.

“I discovered this [subject] relatively late in my Duke career, and wanted to introduce other people to the topic,” Tanzillo wrote. To achieve this goal, Tanzillo co-founded Duke Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, worked on the Duke Space Initiative and taught the house course with Saba for two semesters with 35 students.

Additionally, Tanzillo and Saba hope to begin recording a space-medicine-related podcast in the fall and are working with staff to explore if their course can be delivered as a pre-orientation experience as well.

Saba shares his co-instructor’s enthusiasm and hope for the future of space medicine exploration among future students and the world.

“I would emphasize Dominic's goal of expanding this course past Duke students alone,” Saba wrote. “Personally, I see putting a man or base on Mars as a mission that could create some much-needed unity in the world right now, so I hope to increase excitement around that goal in as many people as possible with this course.” 

Space Medicine will run from July 12 to Aug. 23 in an interactive online format. Interested students and alumni can register for the free course. Registration closes June

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Much of the interest in MOOCs centers on questions about who completes them. Duke’s Coursera-based Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) confirm many demographic trends previously delineated by researchers at peer institutions. As found in previous research, this study found individuals who speak English as a first language and who already earned at least a bachelor’s degree are the most likely to complete a Coursera course. MOOC researchers to date have not, however, developed clear operational definitions about who constitutes a learner at the outset of the course. This paper proposes some possible definitions to standardize future research. Further, this study looked at factors that predict different learner participation levels and investigated which activities predict Coursera course completion. Study results indicated that viewing online forums and participation in online discussions are both predictive of course completion. The findings suggest that the socio-demographic composition of the group being investigated will depend on how researchers elect to define what a "student" is. Thus, while any of the definitions presented in this paper may be appropriate, depending on what is being studied, the decision of which definition to use should be intentional.


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Recommended Citation

Goldwasser, Molly; Mankoff, Chris; Manturuk, Kim; Schmid, Lorrie; and Whitfield, Keith E. () "Who is a Student: Completion in Coursera Courses at Duke University," Current Issues in Emerging eLearning: Vol. 3 : Iss. 1 , Article 8.
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Duke Coursera - Space Medicine

As featured in Duke School of Medicine: Magnify, CBS News, and the Duke Chronicle my colaborator Nick Saba and I built the world’s first undergraduate taught Coursera Course.

With a private launch this summer to over students, a full and free certificate granting course will become available in the fall of

The Course

The highlights of our 12 week Duke seminar have been converted into a six week class. We start with history and astrobiology before exploring several health systems and their relations to the extreme hazards posed by interplanetary travel.

Nick and I are committed to sharing the growing field of space medicine with as many students as possible and have kept the full certificate granting course free for all students - an unprecedented decision in Duke’s Coursera catelog.

Check back soon for links to the publicly available version of the course.

Duke Learning Innovation

Without the assistance of the Duke Learning Innovation this course would never have come to fruition. Nick and I owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to Megan Lancaster, Quentin Ruiz-Esparza, Michael Blair, Nick “Grogu” Janes, and William Williamson.

Complementary Podcast

The next move for Nick and me will be creating a companion podcast. The Spherical Cows Podcast will feature additional guest speakers in the field of bioastronautics as well as answers to questions posed by students taking the course.


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General Frequently Asked Questions

  • How frequent are sessions for this course?

    New cohorts (essentially a new group of students starting out in the course) are being launched every two weeks for this course.

  • Can I start courses at any time?

    Subsequent sessions of Duke's courses are currently planned to be offered at least every 4 weeks, and perhaps every 2 weeks as well, if the demand is high. So you will likely be able to start these later courses very soon after you complete this one, or wait a while if you prefer.

  • Is this some kind of ever-recurring course, with the peer assessments also continuously repeated?

    Yes, this model of course offering is 'ever-recurring', allowing for students to complete the course mostly at their own pace, but still have some motivational deadlines to encourage completion.

  • Where should I go for information about the platform?

    The best place to go for info is the Coursera Learner Help Center, and to post in their forums if something is still not clear. This will help them learn about your concerns, and hopefully they will also be able to incorporate that feedback into improved documentation in the Help Center.

  • If we are falling behind, will the program notify us?

    You will likely receive an automatic email reminder from Coursera if you fall behind the suggested schedule. Other learners have received such messages.

  • I'm bit confused about this though: "If your course has set start and end dates, you’ll be given the option to switch to the next session if you fall two weeks behind." So this was a four week course and I was able to complete and pass 3 weeks of assignments/quizzes, but did not complete week 4. I'm NOT two weeks behind and only one week behind. What options do I have in this case? Can I still switch to the next upcoming session?

    Yes, you can still switch to the upcoming session. You will not lose any of your progress; you will still have three weeks completed and can continue working on week four. You will still be eligible for the Course Certificate as well.

  • I finished the course and submitted my project on time, however I got an email today stating that I have fallen behind. When I go to the final project it indicates that it was submitted. In addition I am in the process of peer reviewing other final projects. What is this?

    My guess is that there is an automated message from Coursera based on the suggested deadlines. In your situation, I would recommend continuing to review the other projects. Most likely you will not need to worry about the deadlines. If you find that you are unable to complete part of the process (like submitting an evaluation, for instance), please post in the course forums or in the Learner Help Center support forums and we'll try to get clarification about your situation from a Coursera representative.

  • Do deadlines work the same way for Verified Certificates?

    Yes, if you are enrolled in the signature track (verified), you can go into the next session. You have days to finish each course.

  • My current course ends on Nov 2nd and I have the the 4th week's peer assessment deadline on 25th October. Can I still submit my peer assessment completion before Nov 2nd, or does the deadline is strict for peer assessments?

    To the best of my knowledge, none of the deadlines are strict. If you have the option to submit, you can. It may take longer to get peer feedback if you submit after the deadline (fewer peers still working on it) but you won't be penalized.

  • This is the first time I’m using Coursera. Are there online lectures to attend or just a self study?

    You can proceed at your own pace. The lectures are always available online. We encourage you to use the deadlines suggested by Coursera to keep up a good pace in completing the material, but those deadlines are suggestions only.

  • I have some problems with my last assignment. How can I switch to the next session?

    Our Coursera contact said that students could choose to enroll in a later session at their own discretion; your progress will be saved and rolled over into the new session you join.

    If you are still working four days after the final deadline for the last assignment in a session, you should be contacted automatically by Coursera encouraging you to join the next session available.

  • I did submit my last assignment (E-portfolio) before the deadline. However, I had to change something and resubmit. It now shows “grading in progress” for that last assignment. I haven't received any email from Coursera asking me to join the next session. What are the next steps? How long will it to grade? Do I have to switch to the next session?

    It may take some time (perhaps a week) for grading to be completed, especially if you are submitting an assignment after a deadline, because fewer learners will be completing that assignment and become available to evaluate work. As long as it shows "grading in progress" I would recommend patience for now.

    Coursera will not send an email until at least four days after the deadline for the final assignment in a course. At that time they will likely recommend joining a later session of the course to complete your work. However, you should be able at any time to enroll in a more recent session of the course in order to have new deadlines for completing any work you still have left to finish.

    You will be able to join the next course whenever you wish, even if you take extra time to complete this course, there will be a new session of the following course available soon, because a new session starts every few weeks.

    You can learn more about deadlines in Coursera's new platform in the Learner Help Center (blue link in the lower right).

  • What does it mean when the assignment says “yet to be reviewed” and there is a 0 and a red cross near it? Has it been reviewed yet?

    Most likely, you will simply need to wait for additional students to review your work. This commonly can take up to a week or so to conclude. You will also need to complete at least three reviews of other learners work to be able to get your result.

  • If we are unable to keep up with the material this session and transfer to a later session (where our work is saved), will we have to pay for the course again?

    You do not pay for the course again. Your payment covers completion of the course even if you join a later session.

  • How do I switch to another session?

    You should be able to go to the your course's info page and select the next session to join. It should provide a date when that session will start (and end). Click on the blue 'Switch Sessions' button to join the next session.

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