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Service Learning Grants for Students


Funds are available to provide grants to students or student organizations for work on community service learning projects.
The program, sponsored by the Office of Engagement, has the goal to expand the community involvement of Purdue students in partnership with communities, nonprofit agencies, schools, and governmental bodies.
A copy of the application and guidelines for the Student Grant Program for Community Service/Service Learning Projects can be found online here

All are encouraged to share this information with student/community organizations and others who may be interested in applying for the grant.
Applications are due for the fall semester projects on or before Wednesday, September 25, 2013.  Inquiries can be directed to Denise Hilton in the Purdue Office of Engagement at 49-40899 or d3@purdue.edu.

FREE Self-Development Reflection Journal

Now on Purdue’s ePubs is a new and FREE self-development journal focused on a student’s experiences in college.  This journal was created to help students document their college recreational and academic activities and how those events affect them personally and professionally.  This journal provides a guide for reflections and critical thought for students engaged in their first year of college. As they experience these new sites and feelings, they will be reflecting through questions regarding how they react and comprehend about the events around them. Some questions are also related to the logistics of their activities. Through the use of this book, new students will be able to ponder about college experiences and gain a broader understanding of the world around them. 
Click here for more information and to download these journals for FREE. 
For more information about Service-Learning on campus or other Service-Learning activities, please contact sassm@purdue.edu.



Great Benefits when Interacting with International Peers

Great article on international students by Karen Fischer!  Read more

New Tool for Student's Intercultural Learning


Purdue's new core curriculum includes among its foundational and embedded learning outcomes Human Cultures, Global Citizenship and Social Responsibility, and Intercultural Knowledge and Effectiveness. PUPIL is a tool to assist faculty and students in assessing and documenting the acquisition of these very important skills specific to Intercultural Knowledge and Effectiveness.

What is PUPIL?
PUPIL is “Purdue University's Passport to Intercultural Learning”, a specific application of Passport designed for students to document their Intercultural Learning. You can access PUPIL here. There is also a Prezi to explain the concept of PUPIL at this webpage.

What is Passport?
Passport is a tool that instructors can use to create and award digital badges. Students may also independently document, reflect and provide evidence of their curricular and non-curricular intercultural learning assignments or activities. Students earn badges by completing challenges. The required work to complete each challenge is called a task, examples are: submitting documents, links to websites or media, and passing quizzes. Once students have successfully completed all of the tasks within a challenge, Passport automatically awards them a digital badge that can be shared online or published to their Mozilla Backpack.


Seminars offered on College Teaching


Purdue instructors can enhance their teaching skills, exchange ideas with colleagues, and get practical hints on their craft from some of the campus’s award-winning professors in seminars offered by the Center for Instructional Excellence (CIE). Staff members will also find the information and insight into classroom instruction helpful.

On Tuesday mornings, beginning Sept. 3, the College Teaching Workshop 1 (CTW 1) series will be offered on the basics of teaching at Purdue.  Topics include how to:  build rapport with your students, encourage active and experiential learning, develop appropriate assessments of learning, foster academic integrity, establish course policies and procedures, give effective instructional presentations, and construct a course plan and syllabus that support an effective learning environment.  Participants may register for single workshops or for the series (of 10) as a whole.

For graduate teaching assistants, participation in the workshops counts toward the Graduate Teaching Certificate program sponsored by the Purdue Teaching Academy’s Committee for the Education of Teaching Assistants, which CIE administers.

Graduate students interested in earning one course credit may register for EDCI 589: College Teaching Workshops, which begins Aug. 27. Graduate students who enroll in the course, attend at least 9 of the 10 CTW 1 sessions, and complete assignments related to the workshop content, may earn credit as a pass/fail grade. Students can register for the EDCI 589 course online through Purdue University’s course enrollment website. Interested graduate students who have questions should email karichar@purdue.edu for answers and directions for registering.

For more information and registration for each of the CTW 1 sessions, see this page . Click on the titles in the flyer to register.

IMPACT "impacts" Purdue


Like many other instructors faced with teaching introductory courses, psychology professor George Hollich and math lecturer Tim Delworth have taught their classes the same way for years, lecturing to students who sit passively in large classrooms. That's about to change. The instructors are part of IMPACT (Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation), a program about course redesign, that aims to change the way key foundation, large enrollment classes are taught. Read more.