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Online Course Listings, Descriptions, & Schedules

From FuquaWorld you can easily access a listing of the courses available in Fuqua's MBA program.

To reach this listing, log in to FuquaWorld and find the "All Courses" header. Choose the "Course Descriptions" link. Select an area or a term to see a listing like the one below. From this more detailed listing, click the "Description" or the "Schedule" button for more information. The instructor link (or link to "Lead Instructor" for courses with multiple sections taught by more than one person) go to that person's Fuqua faculty web page.

The information available from the "Description" link is provided by the instructor for the course. It appears in two forms: the University Bulletin description and Fuqua's own description (generally more specific).

To change or update the Fuqua description, contact Pam Brown in the MBA Programs office. Many faculty choose to provide additional information from this display by including in the Fuqua course description a link to an online course web page.

Choose "View Class Roster Information" under the "All Courses" header to see a display like the one below. The display initially shows you your own courses. To see all courses in a view that allows you to sort by course number or by course name, click the "Show All Courses" link at the bottom of that page.

Notice that on the courses page you can choose either the "for printing" or the "for saving" link to get either a paper or an electronic copy of your class roster. If you choose the"for saving" option, see the instructions below (also online) describe how to save the information in an electronic form suitable for import into Excel.

Click here for a printable copy of these notes (~71K) in Adobe Acrobat format. To download, view, and/or print the file you'll need a copy of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you don't already have a copy of the Reader, obtain one at Adobe's download site.

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Online Class Rosters: Listing & Photo Options Plus Seating Charts

Rosters for Fuqua's MBA programs are available in multiple formats from the same "View Class Roster Information" link described above. Again, choosing this link takes you to a "courses" display, like the one below. In the column at right are the roster options: "Roster Listing" (a text view showing name, local phone number, email, program, and year of graduation), "Roster Summary" (the same information but with a photo of each student included), "Roster Small Photos" (small photos and names only), or "Roster Large Photos" (large photos and names only).

Print from within your browser to get a paper copy of any one of these roster listings.

You can have the system generate a seating chart for your class by choosing the "Create Seating Chart" option from the "All Courses" header.

On this page, find your course and then click the "Seating Chart" link in the right-most column. Clicking this link shows you a seating chart view of your classroom, like the partial illustration below.

From this display, click the "Jump to the Seating Controls" link (at upper left) to get a detailed display that allows you to control seat assignments and printing options. Note that you can have the system assign all students a seat in a single operation, or you can assign each seat individually.

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Online Discussion Groups

Program Differences
Many faculty find it useful to have one or more online discussion groups (or bulletin boards) established for a course they're teaching. In some of Fuqua's MBA programs, such as the Global Executive MBA, a variety of discussion groups are pre-established each term. In other programs, such as the daytime MBA, discussion groups are not the default and a course instructor must request that Fuqua's IT group establish a discussion group for a course.

Usage
Fuqua faculty have used discussion groups in a variety of ways. Some require students in the course to participate online, assigning tasks that require online postings and that may be subject to scheduling and grading. Others use the discussion groups for distributing information of general interest to the class or as a question-and-answer forum. If you're new to discussion groups, check with your colleagues to get ideas about how they might be useful in your courses.

Note that discussion groups are generally not the best medium for the distribution of electronic materials. A course web page is a much more flexible and easy-to-use method for making files available to your students.

Requesting the Establishment of Discussion Groups
To request one or more discussion groups for your course, choose the "Request Newsgroup" option under the "All Courses" header. A screen like the one below displays. Follow the prompts on this display.

Discussion Group Access
By default, Fuqua's discussion groups are subject to "authentication". That is, accessing a discussion group requires that the user provide a valid Fuqua ID and password when prompted. For the 2001-2002 academic year, Netscape Messenger is the discussion group software supported by Fuqua's IT group.

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Computing in Fuqua Classrooms

The classrooms, auditoria, and seminar rooms on Duke's Fuqua campus are equipped with computers and projection systems available for you to use in teaching. The facilities can also accomodate projecting the display from a laptop you take to the classroom if you prefer your own computer to the one installed there. In addition, equipment for video projection is available.

The goal of Fuqua's IT group is to keep the computers and software in the classrooms generally the same as what's available for MBA students in Fuqua's computer labs and team rooms. Some temporary discrepancies may exist, however. If you plan to use a computer for classroom teaching, you might benefit from asking Fuqua's Technical Support Center for an orientation session in advance of your class. During your orientation that staff will show you the technical details of the classroom's front console operation: power on/off, screen up/down, lighting options, projection system operation, the infrared mouse, and so on.

A telephone is installed in each classroom to enable you to quickly get assistance if a technical question or emergency arises during class time. Instructions and telephone numbers are posted by each telephone.

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Reserving Fuqua Computing Lab Space

Duke's Fuqua campus has two computer laboratories you can reserve for class meetings. The 1-East Computer Lab (about 40 PCs) is located on the Keller Center ground floor across from the Fuqua Library. The 2-East Computer Lab (about 20 PCs) is located on the second floor of the Keller Center in Seminar Room D.

To reserve either lab, contact Fuqua's Technical Support Center at 919/660-7878.

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Software for Teaching

As described above in the section on Computing in Fuqua Classrooms, you should have available to you on the computer in any Fuqua campus classroom, auditoria, or seminar room the same software installed on the Fuqua campus MBA PCs in the computer labs and team rooms.

The software and the software versions in use across Fuqua's MBA programs are similar but may not be exactly the same. For example, the non-residence programs make use of a variety of Internet-based, communication-intensive applications that aren't needed in the residence program. As of Summerg 2001, the MBA software on Fuqua campus MBA PCs is:

  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows 2000
  • Web browser, news reader, and e-mail client: Netscape 4.7x. The latest version of Microsoft Internet Explorer is also installed.
  • Web editor and graphics software: Macromedia DreamWeaver version 3 and Macromedia FireWorks version 3.
  • Standard business software: Microsoft Office Professional (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access). Both the 2000 and XP versions are available.
  • Excel add-ins: Regress (regression analysis), Crystal Ball (forecasting), Treeplan (decision support), and Sensit (decision support).
  • Specialty programs: Mathematica 4, Adobe Acrobat Reader (PDF-file reader), McAfee AntiVirus (antivirus software), Statgraphics Plus (statistical analysis), WinZip (file compression), F-Secure (file transfer protocol and secure telnet utility).

For questions about non-residence MBA program software, contact the Executive MBA Programs office at 919/660-7804.

If you plan to use a Fuqua campus computer in your classroom teaching and you don't have installed on your office PC the same software or software versions that are current on the student network, contact Fuqua's Technical Support Center at 919/660-7878 for assistance.

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Getting Files From Office to Classroom

If you're teaching on Duke's Fuqua campus and plan to use a classroom PC in your teaching, you should be aware of a convenient way to access your office PC files when you're using a classroom PC.

In your Fuqua office, when you log in to FuquaNet with your office PC, you automatically get access to a segment of FuquaNet drive space that's allocated specifically to you. By default, the drive space is assigned the drive letter H:. So if you open Windows Explorer and look at your office PC drive letters, you should find H: in the list.

Your H: drive is accessible from any FuquaNet PC when you log in to that PC with your FuquaNet ID and password.

If you locate in your H: drive space any files you plan to use in the classroom, those files are conveniently available to you after you log in to the classroom PC.

This method of making files available across your office and classroom computers eliminates having to worry about large file sizes and handling diskettes or other transfer media.

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Course Web Pages

The management of course web pages varies across MBA programs at Fuqua. The non-residential weekend and global MBA programs currently are supported by a unified web site that includes course web page support. Faculty teaching in Fuqua's daytime MBA are free to create and use course web pages or not, as they choose.

A course web page can simplify administration of your course by bringing together in one location critical information about your course and its activities. Many faculty like to include their course syllabus and a course calendar on a course web page. In addition, any electronic materials you intend to distribute to your students can easily be made available through a web page.

Fuqua has a site license for Macromedia's DreamWeaver and FireWorks web editing and web graphics software. You may find that these applications greatly facilitate creating and maintaining a web site. To get copies of this software, contact Fuqua's Technical Support Center at 919/660-7878.

A set of course web page design files is available to assist you in creating a course web page. Visit the Web Resource part of this faculty support site for more information.

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Last updated 8/1/01