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CTWI Online Session Offered on Creating Effective Syllabus

Purdue instructors and graduate students interested in constructing course syllabi that help guide students through a semester are invited to participate in an interactive online workshop offered by the Center for Instructional Excellence (CIE). Participants will work as part of a cohort, exchanging ideas and receiving feedback from one another during various activities managed through Purdue’s Blackboard. The session runs Feb. 29 to March 11, 2016. Successful completion of the “Creating an Effective Syllabus” online workshop counts as two contact hours of instructional development toward the Graduate Teacher Certificate program sponsored by the Purdue Teaching Academy, which CIE administers. Graduate students interested in completing a certificate should click on the “Enroll” link on the website to receive details on each certificate. There is no charge for the workshop, but enrollment is limited to 30. Register at http://www.training.purdue.edu/cie/ and select College Teaching Workshop Online.

Information meeting for Graduate Teacher Certificate program Nov. 2

Updates and information on the Graduate Teacher Certificate program sponsored by the Purdue Teaching Academy to help prepare graduate students to teach and recognize their professional development efforts will be presented during an informational meeting at 1-2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2, in the Hall of Discovery and Learning Research, Room 228C.

A hands-on workshop on building teaching portfolio offered March 4

In this workshop offered by the CIE (Center for Instructional Excellence), the components of the teaching portfolio, tools and resources to document teaching effectiveness, and ways to show reflection on one’s teaching practices will briefly discussed. Participants will also have the opportunity to work on their own teaching portfolio and receive feedback from CIE staff on Wednesday 4th, 10-11:15 (first session), snd 2-3:15 (second session).

IMPACT Fellow Marcy Towns to demonstrate teaching with technology Oct. 16

Purdue News

Chemistry Professor and IMPACT Fellow Macy Towns will hold an open forum on teaching with technology – including her new Passport digital badge program -- on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2-3 pm in Lawson B151.

Department Awards $75 Million in "First in the World" Grants to 24 Colleges and Universities

Department of Education

To drive innovations in higher education that increase college completion, value and affordability, the Education Department today awarded $75 million to 24 colleges and universities under the new "First in the World" (FITW) grant program.

Purdue receives $2.3 million federal grant to study active learning

Purdue News

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University has received a four-year $2.3 million federal Department of Education grant to study why active-learning strategies help student retention, success and completion rates.

Purdue receives $2.3M grant to study, enhance learning


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A four-year $2.3 million federal grant was awarded to Purdue University by the Department of Education Tuesday.The grant, which begins Wednesday, Oct. 1, will be used to study why active-learning strategies help student retention, success and completion rates. It’s funded through DOE’s First in the World Program, which has a mission of improving postsecondary educational persistence and completion.

Purdue awarded $2M to study 'active learning'

Lafayette Journal Courier

Purdue University received on Tuesday a $2.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to study how and why active-learning teaching methods help students stay in school, complete courses and graduate on time.

Federal grants to help Purdue, Indiana State boost graduation rates

Indianapolis Star

Purdue University and Indiana State University both won multimillion-dollar grants in a White House-fueled effort to boost college completion rates and make the U.S. “first in the world” for college graduates, the U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday.

Education Department awards $75 million in innovation grants to colleges, universities

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department has awarded $75 million to 24 colleges and universities to foster innovation in college value and efficiency.

Federal Innovation Grants Unveiled

Inside Higher Ed

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it will award a total of $75 million to 24 colleges to support innovations in higher education.

Meet the First Winners of the Education Dept.’s ‘First in the World’ Grants

Chronicle of Higher Education

The U.S. Department of Education announced on Tuesday the winners of its new First in the World grant program, giving a total of $75-million to 24 colleges and universities that have pledged to improve college access and student learning while reducing the overall cost of a degree.

Indiana Colleges Land Federal Dollars

Inside Indiana Business

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue University has received a four-year $2.3 million federal Department of Education grant to study why active-learning strategies help student retention, success and completion rates.

Graduate students honored for teaching excellence


Professors interested in redesigning their introductory courses and wanting to get students more involved in active learning can now count on the help from specialists. IMPACT, Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation, will target classes that serve as key introductory courses, especially those with high enrollments and higher unsatisfactory grades, and course withdrawals. Historically, these courses also tend to have higher incompletion rates by women and minorities. Read more.

CIE director talks about IMPACT during President Forum. You can check the whole presentation here or read the PowerPoint presentation here.




The Thrill of Thrift Fashion Show

Jenna Wild developed The Thrill of Thrift Fashion Show were members of the community showed how to dress in style for less. The fashion show was at LARA on April 10th, 2014



Now on Purdue’s Service-Learning Website is a new Service-Learning Calendar, the first ever!  Each month represents a faculty member that incorporates service-learning into their course.  There is a small faculty bio provided in each month defining what the faculty member is doing to promote Service-Learning on our campus.  Additionally, the service-learning calendar adds “pay forward” ideas and activities. 

This service-learning calendar is available for immediate download.  You can also request a hard copy from United Way’s Anne Parks or Margaret Sass at the Center of Instructional Excellence.  Please download and support what our faculty does to engage our students and our community in service-learning activities! 

This free calendar can be downloaded here under "Share". 


Now on Purdue’s e-Pubs is a new Service-Learning reflection journal for kids available for download, and it’s free.  This academic community engagement tool was created to help students (3rd grade to 5th grade) with Service-Learning and community service assignments and projects.  The reflection journal provides a guide for reflection and critical thought for young students engaged in Service-Learning and/or community service. Through these guidelines, children will be able to gain a broader understanding of the world around them through their active engagement with the community.

This free journal can be downloaded here. Please contact Dr. Sass at Purdue University for more information at sassm@purdue.edu



New Intercultural Learning toolkit and blog

The “Diverse Conversations” section of the Huffington Post blog talked to Dr. George B. Forsythe, President of Westminster College, concerning the "globalization of higher education." During his presidency, this private undergraduate liberal arts college has been transformed into a global leadership community nationally ranked for its diversity.
Read the whole interview to find out the different aspects of globalization of higher education, what are the benefits for the institutions and schools which engage in global learning, and how institutions can achieve this globalization of higher education.

Chrystia Freeland, Thomson Reuters Consumer News Editor, interviews Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University about the strategies Columbia has been using to achieve global thinking in different fields of knowledge. “We don’t know enough” and “we are ignorant” are the statements the President uses to call attention to the importance of global thinking. He claims that universities must change their models of doing research to a more globalized one in order to keep up with the different fields and provide real service in the production of knowledge. Watch the full interview below: