IMPACT workshop Thursday, other sessions on teaching offered by CIE

September 6, 2011

A workshop Thursday (Sept. 8) focused on Purdue's IMPACT course design initiative will lead off a fall workshop series and help faculty discern whether to be involved in IMPACT now.

IMPACT (Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation) is aimed at redesign that draws upon research into how people learn, and efforts are being concentrated on large-enrollment, foundational courses. Its goals include better rates of course completion and retention as part of student success.

The workshop is titled "Making an IMPACT at Purdue: How Course Redesign Can Increase Learning, Make Your Course More Efficient, and Reduce Your Level of Stress!" and presented by the Center for Instructional Excellence. CIE is a resource for and participant in the initiative along with ITaP, Libraries, Extended Campus and the Discovery Learning Research Center. Workshop leaders are Tomalee Doan, library sciences; Frank Dooley, agricultural economics; George Hollich, psychological sciences; and Chuck Krousgrill, mechanical engineering.

Thursday's session is from 9 to 10 a.m. Sept. 8 in Hicks Undergraduate Library, Room B848. It also will function as a callout for the next IMPACT cohort. CIE encourages registration at

The workshop is the first of CIE's five-event College Teaching Workshops Series II: Expanding Your Teaching Toolkit for fall. The series is designed for faculty, staff and graduate students.

CIE also conducts a longstanding 10-part College Teaching Workshops Series I: Basics of Teaching. Topics include how to engage students, get students to come to class prepared, write a course syllabus, establish course policies that work, give effective lectures, and write various kinds of tests. Instructors can register for a single workshop or for the series.

More about both Series I and Series II is at; roll over the Workshops & Seminars tab.