PWL instructors: prepare for fall courses by attending August conferences, workshops

Instructors preparing for Fall 2021 on the Purdue West Lafayette campus have a wealth of resources available to them in August, including conferences, workshops, and consultations.

Register by clicking on the session heading or go to the calendar view for the entire month.

Gradescope and Variate
Aug. 11, 2-2:50 p.m. Online
This session will introduce faculty to Gradescope and Variate, two supported assessment tools available to faculty at Purdue. Gradescope is a grading platform that allows for faster, better feedback on written assignments while Variate is a tool that enables faculty to give students unique free-response numerical or mathematical expression problems without any coding required.

Starting Your Course Off On The Right Foot
Aug. 19, 1-1:50 p.m. Online
This session will review the steps faculty should take to ensure that their courses are ready on the first day of class. Presenters will cover some of the most common issues that come into Teaching and Learning Technologies about Brightspace courses at the start of each semester, with a focus on ensuring that your course reflects the work you’ve put in to make it perfect.

Brightspace Basics
Aug. 17, 11-11:50 a.m. Online.
This flipped workshop will provide a brief overview of the Brightspace interface for new users. The remainder of the session will be designated for Q&A and requested demonstrations. Please click here for the session packet, which will download to your computer as a Word document. We recommend reviewing the material prior to the session.

Brightspace Gradebook
Aug. 18, 2-2:50 p.m. Online
This online workshop will cover setting up and maintaining your gradebook in Brightspace. Topics covered for this session include creating categories, creating a grade item, associating a grade item with a quiz and assignment, and creating a weighted grade scheme. There will be time at the end of the session for questions.

Teaching and Learning Technologies will continue to offer daily drop-in sessions for Brightspace support, with expanded hours during the week before and the first week of the semester.

Ask a Librarian is also available via chat, email, text, or tweet to answer your questions about Libraries resources and services.

If you would like to discuss opportunities for in-class presentations or workshops by a faculty librarian in your discipline, visit Libraries Faculty by Subject.

Innovative Learning is Purdue West Lafayette’s hub approach to connect instructors to the resources they need to engage students, develop courses in any instructional modality, and enhance learning across the University. Members include the Center for Instructional Excellence, Libraries and the School of Information Studies, Purdue Online and Teaching and Learning Technologies. To learn more, visit or email