January 19, 2018

Provost’s Office awards $1 million to improve instructional equipment

Purdue’s academic colleges and Purdue Libraries have each received a portion of a $1 million grant designed to assist in the acquisition or replacement of instructional equipment for undergraduate courses and curricula. The Office of the Provost invited each college and Purdue Libraries to participate in a competitive process where they could submit up to three proposals for essential instructional equipment with a total budget up to $100,000. 

The criteria for selection included the number of students, courses, and instructors affected and overall degree of impact; relation to core outcomes of associated curricula; connection to innovation in teaching or improvements in courses based on proven pedagogies; and unit support demonstrated by matching funds or in-kind contributions, if any. Priority was given to proposals that supported innovative and high-impact teaching models or students’ experiences. Deans provided a priority ranking, and final selection was based on a combination of the deans’ ranking and overall criteria scores.

The Provost’s Office received 27 submissions and will fund 14 proposals totaling $1 million through Nov. 30. Following are the proposals that will receive funding for instructional equipment:

* Agriculture -- Innovating the experiential learning experience in the Crop Physiology, Soils and Genetics Teaching Labs so that students will gain hands-on experience using state-of-the-art instruments in classroom, laboratory and field-based courses.

* Education -- Updating audiovisual and recording equipment in Purdue Counseling and Guidance Center to enhance oral communications for Purdue undergraduates through advanced technologies.

* Engineering -- Increasing instructional apparatus needed to teach the laboratory portion of the Systems Measurements and Controls course. Allows underutilized instructional lab space to support increased student enrollment.

* Engineering -- Revitalizing Ideas-to-Innovation active learning lab to improve ergonomics and in-classroom collaboration for first-year engineering students.

* Health and Human Sciences -- Helping students better prepare for clinical patient care by integrating patient simulation and real-life skill applications into the Athletic Training Teaching and Learning Lab.

* Liberal Arts -- Upgrading critical technology to support the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts including computers, labs, projectors and printers.

* Purdue Libraries -- Providing hardware and software to enable seamless student-instructor class interactions with archival documents, rare books, and historical artifacts, fostering student active learning and engagement.

* Krannert School of Management -- Upgrading 49-seat instructional computing laboratory where faculty teaches tools and techniques commonly used in such areas as supply chain, information systems, marketing and data analytics.

* Pharmacy -- Purchasing mass spectrometer to provide undergraduate organic chemistry students in Pharmacy with practical experience in data collection, analysis, and scientific reporting. Will provide students with hands-on examples of how organic chemistry principles may be applied to drug discovery.

* Science -- Increasing student access to instrumentation in the organic chemistry teaching laboratories with the purchase of benchtop nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometers and providing hands-on experience.

* Purdue Polytechnic Institute -- Reducing course silos by deliberately fusing the interconnection between courses and use the Learning Factory as the platform to unify projects in the Manufacturing Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology programs.

* Purdue Polytechnic Institute -- Acquiring state-of-the-art metrology equipment to help students learn the science of precision measurement using some of the same equipment they will encounter as professional practitioners.

* Veterinary Medicine -- Developing a clinical skills laboratory for repeated practice in a controlled environment prior to students' transitioning to the clinical learning environment of the veterinary teaching hospital.

* Veterinary Medicine -- Using telemedicine and remote presence technology for real-time surgical and medicine teaching on real-time clinical cases and complex (often space limiting) procedures via a remote presence with interactive video, audio and laser pointers.

Source: Jenna Rickus

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