Polytechnic Learning Environment

The Purdue Polytechnic Institute is responding to the changes in our students and society — we are transforming our learning environment to better serve their needs.

Purdue Polytechnic’s unique learning environment is defined by a combination of 10 key elements.

THEORY-BASED APPLIED LEARNING

We start by studying the theory, then we apply it . . . we really apply it. Learning by doing is the foundation of Purdue University’s polytechnic learning experience. It’s a powerful and proven approach that drives students to better understand and retain concepts.

TEAM PROJECT-BASED LEARNING

Companies and communities rely on teamwork to achieve success. We practice it. From the first semester to the last, team projects are a cornerstone of Purdue Polytechnic programs, exposing students to team dynamics, deadlines, and problem-solving techniques.

MODERNIZED TEACHING METHODS

Why do classes have to be taught by an instructor lecturing in front of a classroom? They don’t. More and more of our courses employ research-proven, state-of-the-art teaching methods known as active learning. It’s different, fun, challenging, and more effective.

INTEGRATED LEARNING-IN-CONTEXT CURRICULA

Students learn more readily when 1) they have a deep understanding of the purpose of their learning, 2) their learning occurs just in time, before it is needed, and 3) the learning outcomes are tied to practical experiences. Our courses follow these pillars of purpose, timing, and practicality.

INTEGRATED HUMANITIES STUDIES

The integration of technology studies with humanities and social science studies improves student critical thinking, creativity, logic, and innovation. Polytechnic students graduate with these skills and are well prepared for a lifetime of learning and success.

COMPETENCY CREDENTIALING

Students demonstrate mastery of concepts and applied skills (known as competencies), enjoy flexibility to focus on their interests while learning at their own pace, and build e-portfolios to showcase their capabilities. Purdue is a leader in competency-based learning.

SENIOR CAPSTONE PROJECTS

Real projects with real clients benefit students, companies, and communities. Purdue Polytechnic programs include senior capstone projects that allow students to apply what they have learned to solve real-world challenges selected by corporate and community partners.

INTERNSHIPS

We don’t simply encourage students to pursue internships – we embed them and other workforce-like activities into our programs. In the summer or during the semester, students use these opportunities to expand their knowledge and skills and set the foundation for future employment.

GLOBAL/CULTURAL IMMERSIONS

The world is shrinking while our global and cultural opportunities are growing. Boasting a multicultural learning environment filled with faculty, staff, and students from over 100 countries, Purdue Polytechnic also offers an enriched perspective through study abroad, international internships, and other global and cultural activities.

FACULTY-TO-STUDENT MENTORSHIP

College students are more successful when they have someone who takes special interest in their aspirations and progress. Our students have the unique opportunity to have a faculty member assigned as their mentor, steering them toward success by providing professional guidance and support throughout the school year.