About the Action Plan for Digital Education (AP4DE)

Take Part in Shaping Purdue’s Future

Join the conversation, be a part of AP4DE, the Action Plan for Digital Education! AP4DE is bringing together the campus community to envision and achieve digital strategies that enhance and transform learning, increase curricular flexibility, and expand the impact of Purdue programs. 

Digital Education – More Than Just Online

DE is learning facilitated by digital technology. It permeates our classes, be they traditional, hybrid, or online. It touches everyone involved in Purdue’s educational mission—students, instructors, administrators. For that reason we have designed a planning process that will be highly public, transparent, and open for contributions from the whole campus community.

Here's how the AP4DE process is working:

  • In the 2015 fall term we initiated a campus-wide exploration of Purdue’s digital education potential built around a series of open discussion forums. Working with a 20-member coordinating committee, we crafted the input of those sessions into an action plan for digital education.
  • In the early weeks of the Spring 2016 term we conducted an open session to critique the draft plan and, working with the Coordinating Committee, revised the draft. Then we shared the revised plan with campus administrators to gain their approval and support for implementation of the plan.  
  • During the remainder of the Spring 2016 term we formed two implementation teams to develop implementation plans for various aspects of the Action Plan.
  • As implementation plans are released we will conduct open sessions to gather input from the campus community and adapt the plans as appropriate. When the implementation plans are finalized and approved, we will begin to take the steps necessary to bring them to fruition. Though we anticipate that the full implementation will take four years, we expect that the campus community will begin to see the fruits of this effort by the end of calendar year 2016.

The AP4DE process has been exciting and productive to date, and we expect it to become more so as we begin to take concrete steps toward its fruition. One of the key reasons for its success has been the engagement of the campus community, so we hope that you will stay engaged with the process (see our Get Involved page) and will take full advantage of the resources AP4DE creates for the campus to build a robust and dynamic digital education future at Purdue!

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Jon Harbor
Director of Digital Education

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Jon Harbor
Director of Digital Education

Harbor first came to Purdue in 1984 and has held a range of administrative positions at the university, including serving as a department head, associate vice president for research for centers and institutes, interim dean of the College of Science, founding co-director of Purdue's Discovery Learning Research Center, and the founding/interim director of the University’s Global Sustainability Institute. He is a member of the Teaching Academy and has been recognized with both the Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award and the Provost's Award for Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor.

Harbor currently teaches a fully online, large-enrollment, introductory course at Purdue, and also co-teaches a joint hybrid and course with colleagues at Stockholm University that includes a study abroad component for Purdue students.  He began his current role as Director of Digital Education and Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning in August 2015.

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