Instruction Matters:
Purdue Academic Course Transformation (IMPACT)

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We are now accepting applications for our December 2023 offering of IMPACT Week and our Spring 2024 IMPACT Semester cohort. 

  • IMPACT Week – a fully remote option that covers the core topics of IMPACT in an intensive, shorter version. We will offer IMPACT Week December 11-22, 2023 (one week of facilitation + the week following to complete any remaining modules and reflection assignments). The time commitment is estimated to be 3-5 hours per day during the week of December 11-18 (with the flexibility to finish over the following week). This option is open to all instructors of record at Purdue WL and, upon completion of the program deliverables, comes with a $1,000 incentive to support their teaching. 
  • IMPACT Semester – our full, 13-session Faculty Learning Community (FLC) program. The program begins the week of January 22, 2024, and ends the week before finals, with weekly, 75-minute synchronous sessions. This is our deepest dive into course design, with a time commitment estimated at 3-4 hours per week over the course of the semester. This option is open to instructors of record who are faculty or staff at Purdue WL and, upon completion of 3 major deliverables, comes with a $10,000 incentive to support their teaching.
If you have questions about the IMPACT programs or would like further information, please contact Allison Russell at 


IMPACT is a faculty development program that supports many different models of participation and faculty from all disciplines university-wide. Launched by the Office of the Provost in 2011, IMPACT is a large, collaborative initiative on the Purdue West Lafayette campus. 

The Office of the President identified IMPACT as a component of the Purdue Moves initiatives in 2013. IMPACT is also integrated into the Purdue Provost’s Road Map for Transformative Undergraduate Education and the Innovation College.

Our Mission

IMPACT supports instructors in enhancing their pedagogical practices in order to create autonomy-supportive and inclusive learning environments to foster student success.   

Specifically, the IMPACT program aims to support faculty’s ability to:

  • Implement pedagogical practices that are student-centered, autonomy-supportive, and engaging
  • Create learning environments that are equitable and inclusive
  • Adopt a scholarly approach to instruction and contribute to a community of practice

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 that posits the existence of three basic psychological needs, which when fulfilled, contribute to the creation of a student-centered, autonomy-supportive learning environment.

The creation of a student-centered, autonomy-supportive learning environment fosters student engagement and student competence, and increased attainment of course-specific learning outcomes, degree completion, retention, and graduation rates.


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

IMPACT Semester Faculty Learning Community (FLC)

The 13 weekly FLC sessions will help you design and/or redesign your course to foster a student-centered learning environment.

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, described in the right-hand column.
  • 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 designed/redesigned course within one year of completing IMPACT.
Service Level Agreement (SAMPLE)



  • First time instructors participating in IMPACT.


  • Returning instructors participating in IMPACT.

Undergraduate courses are prioritized in the program acceptance process.

A limited number of graduate courses can be redesigned through IMPACT each semester with funding.


Session 1: Teaching Goals

Session 2: Student Motivation

Session 3: Student Characteristics

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: Reflective & Scholarly Practitioner

Session 11: Connecting the Dots + Redesign Decisions

Session 12: Redesign Presentations 

Session 13: Closing the Loop

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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Purdue Online

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Libraries and School
of Information Studies

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