Dean's Forum covers competencies, digital badges, and a Polytech student's perspective

Topics related to Polytechnic Educational Research and Development were presented to 150 faculty and staff at the College of Technology Dean's Forum on October 31, 2014:

  • Competencies 101: Transforming Your Course: Jeff Evans, associate professor in the School of Engineering Technology and faculty fellow, presented a primer for transforming existing courses for new competency-based programs. Amy Van Epps, faculty fellow and associate professor in Purdue Libraries, demonstrated using OpenPassport and discussed the Polytechnic Educational Research and Development team's first digital badges.
  • Self-directed learning motivates Polytech student: Peter Starr, a Polytechnic Incubator student pioneer, described the challenges and benefits of our new competency-based active learning program. He also discussed how having a say in what he studies (and in how he paces his work) is motivating him to learn.
  • Marisa Exter, faculty fellow and associate professor in the College of Education, and Mark Shaurette, faculty fellow and assistant department head of Building Construction Management, discussed the Program Evaluation team and its research efforts.
  • Fatma Mili, associate dean for educational research and development, recognized the various teams working on Polytechnic Educational Research and Development projects and the College of Technology's transformation efforts. She also briefly introduced the Transdisciplinary Studies degree proposal.

An hour-long video of the forum is available on YouTube at and below: