Instruction Matters:
Purdue Academic Course Transformation (IMPACT)

Summer 2021 IMPACT X+ Application

To prepare Purdue WL campus instructors for summer and fall 2021 courses, IMPACT X+ will be offered May 17-June 4 and June 7-June 25. IMPACT X+ aims to support instructors in creating resilient, Hy-Flex, equitable, and student-centered courses. The program takes place over the course of three weeks and covers core elements of course design, with optional synchronous components in a cohort model.

IMPACT X+ will:

• Be offered 1) May 17-June 4 and 2) June 7-June 25.

• **Please note – These summer offerings only provide funding to those working OFF contract. Overload pay may be requested, but is not guaranteed.

• Include faculty exemplars and templates for the following course archetypes: 1) discussion/small group/project-based, 2) experiential/field work/clinical, 3) lab-intensive, 4) large lecture, and 5) writing-intensive. 

• Incorporate asynchronous and optional synchronous components with fellow instructors and a support team, including topic-specific group discussions and drop-in help sessions.

• Cover the following topics:

      1. Creating a Student-Centered Learning Environment in [Archetype Name] Courses
      2. Developing Learning Outcomes and Objectives in [Archetype Name] Courses
      3. Measuring Student Learning: Assessments in [Archetype Name] Courses
      4. Student Learning: Activities in [Archetype Name] Courses
      5. Drawing It All Together: Course Structure, Schedule, and Syllabus

Theoretical Framework

The IMPACT program is guided by a strong theoretical framework, which has been validated and used in several research projects for the past 40 years.

Self-Determination Theory (Deci & Ryan, 1985; Ryan & Deci, 2017) is a motivational theory which posits the existence of three basic psychological needs, which when fulfilled, contribute to the creation of a student-centered, autonomy-supportive learning environment.


The feelings of volition and choice; endorsement of behavior, ownership of the learning process.


The extent to which students believe they have mastered content material or are able to perform academically.


The need to feel belongingness and connectedness with others and the material presented in class, also termed relevance.

IMPACT Program Overview

The information below describes our full, semester-long IMPACT program, which will be offered next in fall 2021. Our condensed program, IMPACT X+, is described above. 

Faculty Learning Community

The weekly FLC sessions will help you design and/or redesign your course in a way that focuses on student-centered learning.

The sessions present research-based, pedagogically sound approaches to course design, guiding you through the design process from which you will be able to purposefully create a course that meets your unique needs.


As an IMPACT faculty fellow, it is expected that you will:

  • Attend in person and participate in the Faculty Learning Community (FLC) weekly sessions.
  • Prepare for each session by completing all pre-work beforehand.
  • Meet regularly (weekly or bi-monthly) with your IMPACT Support Team to work through redesigning your course.
  • Implement your redesigned course within one year of completing IMPACT.
Service Level Agreement (SAMPLE)


Session 1: Teaching Goals

Session 2: Student Characteristics

Session 3: Student Motivation

Session 4: Learning Outcomes 

Session 5: Informed and Inclusive Learning Objectives

Session 6: Assess Student Performance I

Session 7: Assess Student Performance II

Session 8: Learning Activities I

Session 9: Learning Activities II

Session 10: Connecting the Dots

Session 11: Redesign Decisions I

Session 12: Redesign Decisions II

Session 13: Scholarly Practitioner

Session 14: Closing the Loop



  • First time instructors participating in IMPACT.


  • Returning instructors participating in IMPACT.

Only undergraduate courses can be funded for redesign through IMPACT. 
Graduate courses can be redesigned through IMPACT without funding.

Support Team

The IMPACT program is an integrated, institutional effort supported by the collaboration of faculty and staff across three units at Purdue.
Meet the Team

The Center for Instructional Excellence

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Teaching and Learning Technologies

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Libraries and School
of Information Studies

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