Action Plan for Digital Education: Transformation

Two years into the four-year implementation of the Action Plan for Digital Education (AP4DE) we find ourselves at a juncture not anticipated when we began planning the online future of Purdue. With the acquisition of Kaplan University and the creation of Purdue Global, Purdue has suddenly transformed itself into a national leader in online education, with almost as many students online as we have at the West Lafayette campus!

Of course, this metamorphosis in no way diminishes the need for us to accomplish the goals of AP4DE:

  • To develop our digital infrastructure
  • To create digital education teams within the colleges
  • To create a central portal for digital education
  • To cultivate a university-wide digital education community
  • To expand university recognition of online excellence
  • To establish a “Purdue for Life” approach to lifelong learning

In fact, the introduction of Purdue Global makes that process more urgent, broadens its scope, and provides us with powerful new resources for success.

In the Key Actions pages of this site you will find a chronology of over 40 discrete initiatives or actions that have been undertaken to accomplish AP4DE goals. Much has been done, much remains to be done. We will continue to update these pages as new activities occur. In the next year you will see Purdue Global initiatives begin to be incorporated into our vision.

We continue to need the input and participation of Purdue faculty and staff. I hope you will review this catalog of activities and let us know how you think we’re doing, what more we could/should be doing, and how you and your department might participate in this growth.

I am more confident than ever that digital education will play a critical role in helping our students learn and in helping our university reach more learners across the globe.



Jon Harbor Signature

Jon Harbor
Executive Director, Digital Education
Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning

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