IMPACT guest to speak on innovative teaching

February 9, 2012
A physics professor from North Carolina State University will discuss innovative ways to teach topics such as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at a public forum sponsored by Purdue's IMPACT initiative and the Teaching Academy.
Bob Beichner, a N.C. State distinguished professor specializing in physics education, will speak at the forum, which is scheduled from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 17 in Stewart Center, Room 214ABC.
Beichner's topics will include SCALE-UP: Student-Centered Active Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedagogies, his worldwide project to create and study classroom environments that support interactive, collaborative learning.
Those who wish to attend the forum must register in advance at
IMPACT (Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation) aims to change the way key large enrollment classes are taught. More about the program can be found at Also sponsoring the forum is the Teaching Academy at Purdue, which consists of peer-selected faculty members who strive to increase the effectiveness of all faculty at the University.
IMPACT and the Teaching Academy will sponsor another forum March 7 with Larry Michaelsen, professor of management at the University of Central Missouri. Michaelsen will discuss the elements of team-based learning and pedagogy.
More information about Beichner is available at More information about SCALE-UP is available at