Category Archives: IMPACT


Readers could easily label a web page called teachthought as one for a K12 audience. While I would argue that many resources designed for K12 adapt very well to the higher education world, this specific site has its hand on … Continue reading

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Simple Thoughts for Simpler Times: ‘Think like a Student’

We all strive to create effective online learning content and experiences for students. Yet, when we are teaching content to students and designing our online course, it’s so easy to overwhelm students with lists and folders of materials, cross-links and … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Adding Technology to Blend Courses

This Spring, I made a decision to enroll in a Blended Learning course sponsored by EDUCAUSE called “Becoming a Blended Learning Designer”. This MOOC requires participants to complete the course in six weeks, and during that time participate in discussions, … Continue reading

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How is Student-Centered Instruction Different than Traditional Instruction?

Student-centered learning looks at where students are when they enter the classroom and attempts to customize teaching to allow students some freedom in choosing how to learn. This kind of teaching allows instructors to free themselves from the traditional lecture … Continue reading

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IMPACT FLCs: What are they all about?

Recently, as a presenter at the 2014 AECT International Convention: Learning, Design, and Technology, I shared information about being a support staff member for the IMPACT (Instruction Matters Purdue Academic Course Transformation) program in the presentation: Designing Instruction to Create … Continue reading

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A Feedback Tool for Instructors: PassNote

PassNote is a student feedback tool designed to assist instructors in composing research-based messages that motivate students to academic action. Our goal in creating the tool was to address concerns several instructors brought to our attention related to the difficult … Continue reading

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Course Redesign ‘Doubles-Down’ on Student-Centered Learning

Having been at Purdue now for only a month, my experience working with faculty is still very limited. However, as an Educational Technologist that will be working with “Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation” (IMPACT),  I am very excited when … Continue reading

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Social Media Strategy for Your Class

Today’s students bring to class more than just a notebook and pencil. Many wield an assortment of electronic gadgets, such as smart phones, tablets, laptops, and notebooks. Each type of device enables them to connect to powerful social media. According … Continue reading

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