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Information Technology

Intensify the Use of Information Technology

Fuqua's Global Conference System
Fuqua's Global Conference System uses high performance video technology to enable real-time, life-size conferencing between its North American and European facilities."Telepresence" technology allows staff and faculty to meet on an as-needed basis by walking into a conference room which is connected to another conference room across the ocean.

The pioneering program in our distance learning endeavor was the Global Executive MBA in the Fuqua School. This highly successful combination of direct human interaction and time spent interacting over the Internet has been widely admired and emulated. Fuqua is the most visible but by no means the only one of our schools linking place with cyberspace. The School of Nursing in May graduated its first class of students from an innovative program linking Duke medical facilities with nurses in underserved areas of rural, eastern North Carolina, allowing those nurses to become advanced practice providers while remaining in their home communities. The School of Medicine connects doctors and researchers with their counterparts in southwest Florida and Saudi Arabia. The Law School has been rightly lauded as a leader in developing technologies to provide legal learning with online support and making technology useful for apprentice lawyers. The Nicholas School and the Divinity School are looking at ways to use computers imaginatively to reach out to mid-career professionals far from campus. The Pratt School of Engineering is exploring information technology to make it easier for students to study abroad for a semester, despite the demanding regimen of the engineering curriculum.

We are also creating ISIS, a certificate program in Information Science and Information Studies, the purpose of which is to provide a forum for students and faculty to think critically about the role and function of information technology and to broaden our students’ understanding of the issues they will face in their professions.