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2017 IMPACT Symposium: Enhancing Learning through Writing

Projects & Activities - 13 April 2017 - 9:17am

On April 6th, Instruction Matter s: Purdue’s Academic Course Transformation (IMPACT) program hosted the 2017 IMPACT Symposium, featuring Purdue alumna and Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English and Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University, Dr. Kathleen Blake Yancey. The Symposium included two workshops on writing for learning. Dr. Yancey spoke about importance of incorporating writing into all academic disciplines, in order to support knowledge transfer to future academic and professional contexts. She also offered concrete examples and suggestions for Purdue faculty and instructors interested in adding writing assignments tailored to their courses and disciplines.

Before the morning session’s workshop on informal writing assignments, Dr. Yancey and the attendees asked questions of a panel five Purdue undergraduate students (Josey Cline and Lexi Eiler from Wildlife, Danny Zuercher from Landscape Architecture, Kenny Nguyen from Neurophysiology, and Sahej Bains from Biology). The students described their experiences with academic writing, including what motivates them to complete writing tasks, and what they believe is critical to help other students recognize the value of writing in their academic areas. In the afternoon session, participants designed writing assignments that feature the writing genres specific to their academic disciplines. Following the day’s workshops, attendees joined Dr. Yancey at the Gerald D. and Edna E. Mann Hall for a reception.

The Symposium was hosted by Purdue’s IMPACT program, a Big Moves initiative that helps instructors redesign their courses to be more student-centered. The planning committee was comprised of Dan Guberman (Chair) and Laura Fritz from the Center for Instructional Excellence, Clarence Maybee and Rachel Fundator from the Purdue Libraries, and Sheree Buikema from Instructional Technology at Purdue.

Students Use Hicks Library to Prepare for Annual Event

Projects & Activities - 13 April 2017 - 8:53am

Undergraduate student, Sheradan Hill, worked in the Hicks Undergraduate Library last Tuesday to create a poster for 2017’s Purdue Ag Week. This was the sixth iteration of the event, where students research and share information with the Purdue community about the significance of agriculture today

April 4, 2017

From the Archives Photo Challenge Part 2

News & Announcements - 9 April 2017 - 5:30pm
Today we share the second photograph in our From the Archives series. This photo shows a moment that changed the face of Purdue’s campus. What exactly is happening in this image and what was its result? UPDATE: On Jan. 19, 1894, Purdue dedicated a new mechanical engineering laboratory building on campus named after benefactor Amos […]

From the Archives Photo Challenge Part 2

Archives and Special Collections - 9 April 2017 - 5:30pm
Today we share the second photograph in our From the Archives series.  This photo shows a moment that changed the face of Purdue’s campus.  What exactly is happening in this image and what was its result?  Take a close look, share your theories in the comments, and be sure to check back on Friday for […]

University-Wide PowerShift Case Competition to Address Real-World Gender Issues

News & Announcements - 4 April 2017 - 10:41am
Undergraduate and graduate students from Purdue University colleges, schools and academic units are encouraged to take part in real world, gender-issue case competition designed to help them lead in a diverse and changing workforce and use their skills to generate solutions. Set for April 21, the PowerShift Case Competition is held annually by Purdue’s Krannert […]

Hicks Study Break Events April 24-27, May 1-4

News & Announcements - 4 April 2017 - 9:53am
Take a break from the stress and grind of finals preparation at the Hicks Undergraduate Library later this month with the bi-annual Study Break events slated for prep and finals weeks. The first event will kick off at 7 p.m. Monday, April 24, with Caring Paws, which will provide students with the opportunity to interact […]

Wilmeth Active Learning Center to Open Aug. 7; Six Libraries Closing May 5 & 6

News & Announcements - 3 April 2017 - 9:00am
Six Library Facilities Closing After Spring ’17 Finals Week for Move to Wilmeth Active Learning Center   Purdue University’s newest building, the Thomas S. and Harvey D. Wilmeth Active Learning Center (WALC), is on schedule to open to the public Monday, August 7. The WALC Center houses 27 collaborative active learning classrooms. After the end […]

Faculty Spotlight: Purdue Libraries Professor Recognized for International Research Data Initiative

News & Announcements - 31 March 2017 - 11:51am
Purdue University Libraries Associate Professor Michael Witt has been recognized by the American Library Association (ALA) with the Oberly Award for Bibliography in the Agricultural or Natural Sciences. He shares the award with Frank Scholze, from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, for their collaboration on re3data, which is an online registry of research data repositories. […]

Purdue Libraries Extend Hours at 4 Facilities for Final Exam Prep

News & Announcements - 30 March 2017 - 1:32pm
Purdue University Libraries will extend hours at four facilities to help students prepare for final exams. Starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 23, the Siegesmund Engineering Library will remain open 24 hours a day through 5 p.m. Saturday, May 6. The John W. Hicks Undergraduate Library will remain open 24 hours/day from 1 p.m. Sunday, […]

From the Archives Photo Challenge

News & Announcements - 27 March 2017 - 5:50am
In association with Purdue Today, we introduce our new From the Archives series, sharing glimpses of Purdue’s past through photographs from the Purdue Libraries Archives and Special Collections.  On alternating Mondays during the academic year, this feature will allow readers a chance to view a historical photograph and guess what is taking place in the […]

From the Archives Photo Challenge

Archives and Special Collections - 27 March 2017 - 5:50am
In association with Purdue Today, we introduce our new From the Archives series, sharing glimpses of Purdue’s past through photographs from the Purdue Libraries Archives and Special Collections.  On alternating Mondays during the academic year, this feature will allow readers a chance to view a historical photograph and guess what is taking place in the […]

IMPACT Symposium 2017: Enhancing Learning Through Writing

Projects & Activities - 24 March 2017 - 4:19pm

We are excited to announce the upcoming IMPACT Symposium for 2017: Enhancing Learning through Writing, which will take place on Thursday, April 6th. Our guest speaker, Dr. Kathleen Blake Yancey, a Purdue alumna, is a proponent of student writing within disciplinary courses across all levels of the curriculum. Additional details about the workshops are below.

Register (free) for the workshops here: http://www.training.purdue.edu/Symposium

Morning Session: 9:00-11:30am Enhancing Learning-and Teaching-with Writing

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Writing in college takes various forms–from posters, case studies, and lab reports to essays, research reports, feasibility studies, and slide presentations. Research shows that engaging in such writing and in smaller, informal writing assignments is critical to support student learning. Moreover, when appropriately designed, such writing assignments can help faculty teach better. In this interactive workshop, we will briefly consider why we might use writing in our teaching before focusing on some useful, easily modified ways to do so.

Afternoon Session: 2:00-4:00pm Designing Writing for Learning, for Transfer

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This interactive session focuses on three dimensions of writing assignments, regardless of academic discipline—key terms; genre; and reflection–and on ways that these dimensions can help faculty design assignments rich in content and in good, disciplinary writing. Moreover, by designing writing assignments keyed to these three dimensions, we can both help students successfully complete the assigned task and support them in developing a working knowledge of writing that can assist them as they take up new writing tasks.

Faculty Spotlight: Stonebraker Recognized as “Mover & Shaker” in Library Journal

News & Announcements - 15 March 2017 - 1:17pm
It is easy to discern why Ilana Stonebraker, assistant professor and business information specialist, has been selected as a Library Journal Class of 2017  “Mover & Shaker.” Ilana—who is recognized as one of the librarians in the educator category in this year’s installment of the LJ project—engages deeply in her work at Purdue University Libraries’ […]

Winning Videos Named in “Why I Love Purdue Libraries” 16-17 Contest

News & Announcements - 10 March 2017 - 10:48am
Five Purdue University students showed the many reasons why they love Purdue Libraries in the Purdue University Libraries’ fourth annual “Why I Love Purdue Libraries” video contest. The contest, which was announced last fall and is supported by the Purdue Federal Credit Union, was open to Purdue students and received several entries for the 2016-17 […]

Faculty Spotlight: Maybee Selected as Instructor for ACRL Immersion Program

News & Announcements - 7 March 2017 - 10:54am
“In a society named for the ubiquity of information, it is essential that everyone knows how to use information to continually learn in order to be successful in their professional, personal, and civic lives.” — Clarence Maybee, Assistant Professor of Library Science, Information Literacy Specialist, Purdue University Libraries Information literacy is Clarence Maybee’s “thing” at […]

Grand Challenges research teams announced in Mellon grant

Archives and Special Collections - 10 February 2017 - 1:37pm
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $1.4M to date to support a unique approach to global grand challenges research, scholarly publishing and communication at Purdue.Purdue Scholarly Publishing, a division of Purdue Libraries, and the Purdue Policy Research Institute have announced the final proposals selected for funding under the grant “Breaking Through: Developing Multidisciplinary Solutions […]

WALC Sign in Place

Archives and Special Collections - 1 February 2017 - 5:33pm
It’s a sign… that the new Thomas S. and Harvey D. Wilmeth Active Learning Center (WALC) will open in 2017! Located in the heart of campus, the WALC (when it opens later this year) will serve as a central location for classroom and library space. The 164,000-square-foot facility houses 27 classrooms designed for active learning. […]

Open Access Advocate to Speak at Purdue University Libraries Jan. 26

Open Access - 20 January 2017 - 7:00am
“Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. Open Access ensures that anyone can access and use these results—to turn ideas into industries and breakthroughs into better lives.” — Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Long-time Open Access […]

“Maps and the Human Experience” Now Open in Archives and Special Collections

Archives and Special Collections - 19 January 2017 - 11:27am
Take the opportunity to explore the history, art, and science of maps and learn more about the people who created them and the individuals who use them at the Purdue University Libraries’ “Looking Down, Looking Out, and Looking Up: Maps and the Human Experience” exhibition through June 23. The exhibition is open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. […]

Purdue University Press Book Previews

Open Access - 18 January 2017 - 9:37am
Purdue University Press Book Previews is a new initiative from the Purdue University Libraries Scholarly Publishing Division and their open access text repository, Purdue e-Pubs. PUP Book Previews, created from the first proofs of the book to include several pieces of the front matter and first chapter, will provide an early look at forthcoming books. […]


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