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Where should you start when a Professor or advisor mentions a strange term, or you have a research project to plan or analyze? 

Mod•U gives you practical and friendly understanding of different theories and practices in the social sciences through videos by Duke experts. And unlike sites like YouTube, our structure means that each individual video has a curated set of other videos that are connected by concept or practice.  

Whether it’s just to find learn a single rule about a specific research technique, or to learn about major fields of research, we specialize in simplifying complex issues into simple and easy-to-digest modules that you can review anytime, often with practical advice you often don't get in textbooks.

This site is based on two principles: 

- Provide practical information in a flexible format
 - Let users build their own learning with positive energy

Because students in undergraduate or graduate courses, or projects like a Duke Bass Connections team, may only need a few minutes of explanation about an idea to be immediately more productive, we break topics into "modules" that cover just a very small topic covering a research concept or method.  We feel that telling students they need to spend, for example, 20 lectures on statistics to be able to really learn a topic is often not helpful. Sometimes a small memorable insight is what's really key, so we make these moments the core of our site.
We combine each video with a description, links to related videos, and a transcript of the video dialogue. The videos themselves have a relaxed, conversational tone to reduce intimidation and anxiety, which we think will mean that the learning is ultimately more effective.
However, providing individual videos in isolation robs them of the rich connective tissue that binds theoretical and practical ideas across the social sciences, so we package our videos into a nested but flexible structure of modules that group videos together on a single topic to provide a coherent context for each video in them. This system gives users a flexible system of largely independent modules on small topics in social science while simultaneously giving them structured paths through interconnected concepts and methods. We feel that this system provides many great options for students and teachers in standard or flipped courses, students on interdisciplinary team projects like Duke's Bass Connections program, or in independent research projects.
Mod•U was developed by a small group at the Duke University Social Science Research Institute, led by James Speckart, Thomas Nechyba, Alexandra Cooper, and Carol Ripple, with help from many partners within SSRI and across the Duke campus.  The current Mod•U site was developed by the SSRI Communications Team.

Modules are the basic element of Mod•U. They take our individual videos and remix them into different groups based on their shared topic or application, so one individual video is surrounded by other related topics to give you more understanding and context. You’ll always find a module that’s at the right scale for you, whether that’s a big module to help you get started with a major topic, or a focused module on a specific idea.

Our search boxes will search the titles, descriptions, and keyword tags for modules and playlists to find any matches. Your search must include at least three characters, and be careful of typos—some of the technical terms have tricky spelling!

If you want to learn more about a concept in a more structured way, use the Browse menu to look through the major topics we cover from a bird's eye view.

If a professor has assigned you a module for their course or project, look under our Browse menu to find their course number or Professor name to see if we have any custom modules ready for you. If not, try the search box for keywords you heard in class or read in your textbook.