Focus session scheduled for digital education action plan

November 16, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The last of three focus sessions for Purdue University’s digital education action plan takes place this week.

“Broadening Access through Digital Education” is the third theme that emerged from general digital education discussions held in September. The theme will be discussed 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 19) in Room 131 of the Hall for Discovery and Learning Research, 207 S. Martin Jischke Drive, in Discovery Park.

The session offers a conversation about how digital education can help to extend Purdue educational assets to learners beyond the campus. Participants will consider what audiences Purdue wants to reach and what modes of digital learning best serve those learners, including MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), online degrees and alternative credentials.

Participants also will discuss how to support professional development, lifelong learning and unbundling strategies that serve the interests of a broader public and the university. The overall plan is to create a digital education action plan to guide the university over the next four years.

The session is intended for interested faculty, staff and students. There is limited seating, and advance signup is required online.

A flipped-classroom format will be used for the session in which participants will review background videos and articles before they attend. The session itself will be almost entirely devoted to small group work on three discussion questions.

Those unable to attend the session in person can participate online. Virtual attendees will be placed in virtual discussion groups with their input to the session submitted simultaneously with input from in-person participants.

People can submit other ideas after the session via the digital education website.

Two additional sessions were held earlier this month. Summaries of the participants’ input also is available at the digital education website.

A draft of the action plan for digital education is to be issued by the semester break. 

Writer: Brian L. Huchel, 765-494-2084, 

Source: Jon Harbor, 765-494-1255, 

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