Understanding the impacts of unexpected shift to digital learning

The unexpected transition to online classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many changes for undergraduate students and their instructors. To understand the magnitude of these impacts and potentially improve digital learning, researchers in the Penn State School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) have received $196,136 from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Online Resources Make for Smoother Transition to Virtual Instruction as Faculty and Students Face Challenges Together

Different time zones. Spotty internet connections. Sometimes a stray family member pops into view during a Zoom meeting. COVID-19 has thrown plenty of challenges toward everyone in The Grainger College of Engineering, but our faculty and students have handled it all with ingenuity and patience; and have utilized a variety of online resources already in place before the pandemic shut down campus. More than ever, our faculty are finding effective, and sometimes creative, ways to stay engaged with students.

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10 ways to engage students actively online

Faculty, staff, and graduate students in Purdue University’s School of Engineering Education have put their heads together to offer 10 ideas for actively engaging students in online learning settings. These tips reflect our experience teaching and learning both face-to-face and online.

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