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Focus Session 3 Materials

In this session we’ll explore how digital education can help to extend Purdue educational assets to learners beyond the campus.  We’ll consider what audiences we may want to reach and what modes of digital learning might best serve those learners, including MOOCS, online degrees, and alternative credentials. We’ll discuss how best to support professional development, lifelong learning, and unbundling strategies that serve the interests of a broader public and the university.

Please take a few minutes before the session to review the videos and articles below.


Bart Collins
Clinical Associate Professor of Communication, Coordinator, Online Master’s in Strategic Communication

Mark Lundstrom
Don and Carol Scifres Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Supriyo Datta
Duncan Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Steve Dunlop
Managing Director, Purdue NExT


Establishment Goes Alternative

Author: Paul Fain
Source: Inside Higher Ed
Published: August 14, 2015

Traditional institutions have not been very active in the provision of microcredentials such as badges, but that may be about to change. Seven major research universities plan to create the University Learning Store, a joint web portal for microcredentials, featuring online content, assessments and tutoring. The initiative’s purpose is create an “alternative credentialing process that would provide students with credentials that are much shorter and cheaper than conventional degrees.”

UW System’s Flexible Option Proves Popular

Author: Ann-Elise Henzl
Source: WUWM: Milwaukee Public Radio
Published: September 21, 2015

In 2013 the University of Wisconsin system launched its Flexible Option program featuring online competency-based degree programs aimed primarily at the 800,000 Wisconsin residents with some college credit but who have not earned a degree. The program is beginning to take hold in Wisconsin as competency-based programs begin to proliferate across the country.

Coursera is Apple TV's first online learning partner

Author: Tara Garcia Mathewson
Source: Education Dive
Published: November 3, 2015

If you thought “educational television” was a relic of the past, think again! In its 21st   century digital reincarnation the giant MOOC platform Coursera is making its entire catalog of noncredit online courses from dozens of colleges and universities available on Apple TV.

The Online Footprint of the Big Ten

How active are the Big Ten universities in reaching out to new audiences of learners through digital education? Where does Purdue stand in the mix?  To provide us with this point of reference, Purdue’s online partner Wiley/Deltak conducted informal research using IPEDS data and put it into this Excel spreadsheet.

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