Redesign foundational courses by using research findings to create student-centered teaching and learning environments.
These faculty-led redesigns will foster student learning gains, student success, development of positive skills and attitudes, student well-being and institutional cultural change.
The overarching goal of IMPACT is to achieve a greater student-centered learning environment by incorporating active and collaborative learning as well as other student-centered teaching and learning practices and technologies into large enrollment foundational courses. The creation of a student-centered learning environment will foster student engagement and student competence, as well as increased attainment of course-specific learning outcomes.
Specifically, the goals of the IMPACT program can be summarized as follows:
IMPACT faculty fellows come from a variety of disciplines university-wide. Some 108 faculty and instructors representing nine colleges and 45 departments and schools have participated. Each semester, interested faculty submit their application to become part of the next IMPACT cohort. Each application is reviewed by the IMPACT management committee and cohort selection is made. For more information about the IMPACT faculty fellows, visit the “people” section of the website.
Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation (IMPACT) was launched by the Provost’s Office in December 2010. IMPACT aims to create a more student-centered environment by engaging students in their own learning in order to improve student success as well as completion, retention, and graduation rates, in large enrollment, foundational classes. The IMPACT program is a large collaborative initiative on the Purdue West Lafayette campus (see figure below). It is an integrated campus-wide effort, involving multiple key partners across campus including the President’s Office, Office of the Provost, Center for Instructional Excellence (CIE), Information Technologies at Purdue (ITaP), Purdue Libraries, the Discovery Learning Research Center (DLRC), and Purdue Extended Campus (PEC). In addition, in the Fall 2013, IMPACT was identified by the President’s Office as a Purdue Move within the Transformative Education area.
IMPACT broad program assessment covers three broad categories
During the FLCs, IMPACT faculty fellows spend a significant amount of time carefully considering the pre-requisites and post-requisites for their course, reflecting on the delivery, content, and structure of their course, and learning about new pedagogies, research and motivational principles that encourage and foster active learning. Specifically, faculty fellows explore:
There is strong evidence that student-centered teaching leads to improvements in students’ abilities to solve problems and understand concepts. IMPACT’s goal is to work with faculty to produce student-centered learning environments. When student-centered learning environments are created, students’ skills and attitudes are enhanced.
Graduate in 4 years, maintains a 3.0 GPA, study for 2 hours for each hour spent in class, be involved in 1 leadership activity.
To apply to become part of the next IMPACT cohort, please “click here” and complete the information about the course you would like to redesign through IMPACT. The application form should take you about 15 minutes to complete and will ask you for information about the course you want to redesign as well as your redesign goals for the course (e.g. increased engagement, greater student success…)
Positive Skills & Attributes