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  1. Will 2016 be the year Higher Education takes the Leap?

    How would I like to see higher education evolve in 2016? Well, wishing, planning, and executing in quiescent calm waters under blue skies is a qualitatively different activity from wishing, planning, and executing in agitated waters under stormy skies. The former has a leisurely quality with...

  2. Towards a Wholehearted Education

    Late in December International Innovation published the following interview and article about the work we are doing at the TransSTEM center. The feature is included here and can also be found at http://www.internationalinnovation.com/towards-wholehearted-education/ and is also included...

  3. Promoting competency based education through trade-off thinking

    Teaching creative and critical thinking by contingent evaluation of implicit choices made through technological communication infrastructures   We live in a world of things. Those who make the things define the way we live our lives.  Their decisions impact not only our trivial...

  4. The Wicked Problem of Higher Education

    We have all read, heard, and expressed our own views about the growing misalignment between the current resilient (STEM) Higher Education system and the contemporary needs. We have also all undertaken initiatives to reform, innovate, and adapt. Yet, the problem proved deep-seated, persistent,...

  5. Welcome to our New Group of Faculty

    A new First-Year Experience Team has been formed. This is the team of faculty identified by their department heads to lead the effort of examining the first year of all Technology majors and to redesign it using the Polytechnic Incubator experience as a springboard. This group will be meeting...

  6. Roadblocks to Creating a Competency-Based Program

    Competency-based education is such an intuitive and appealing concept that once we consider it, we start wondering, “Why did we wait so long?” In competency-based education, students earn a degree upon demonstrating competency in their chosen field of study rather than upon spending...

  7. Badges of Competence

    D.School professor Tina Seelig1 touts the power of seemingly trivial questions in opening our horizons and bringing to light unquestioned assumptions. Educational reformer Grant Wiggins2 illustrates this when he asks “What is the goal of education?” Is the aim really knowledge,...

  8. Open Minds to the Education of the Future

    “Though we often lose sight of this basic fact, the point of learning is not just to know things but to be a different person – more mature, more wise, more self-disciplined, more effective, and more productive in the broadest sense. Knowledge is an indicator of educational success,...

  9. When 15 Fellows Decide to Take a Different Road

      Most faculty chose their academic career because they thrive in the intellectual stimulus of scholarly endeavors, the challenges and rewards of working with young minds, and the academic freedom to pursue their own research agenda and share their findings with the public at large. The...

  10. Why we Polytech

      The Purdue Polytechnic Institute has been introduced and described using many different qualifiers and metaphors. It was designed as the zero-gravity space for faculty to unleash their creativity, to dream big, and to implement their most daring and promising educational ideas. It's...

  11. We're taking our own medicine and feeling great

      Our graduates will be thoughtful thinkers and makers who remain curious, create iteratively and collaboratively, and seek constructive thoughtful feedback. This is what the faculty fellows have been practicing while designing the Purdue Polytechnic Incubator's curriculum. They are...