Instructor Testimonials

Barb Cicholski

Barb Cicholski, M.A., CCC-SLP
Clinical Assistant Professor, SLHS
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The help I received from Digital Education was invaluable in the development of my first online course. Debbie Runshe, from ITaP, was the instructional designer who guided me through the process. There was so much I learned related to best practices for Distance Learning and Adult Education. Debbie helped me to implement ideas that I had learned from research on effective teaching strategies, offered several choices on how to lay out my course on Blackboard, and also helped me problem solve technology issues.

This experience has benefitted me greatly and helped me improve my instructional skills. My Distance Learning course, Introduction to Clinical Practice in Communication disorders, incorporates a variety of teaching methods to engage students including video lessons, discussion boards and narrative interviews of professionals. Going through the process of developing this class gave me insights on how to use the most effective tools for online instruction. I am grateful for the support of Instructional Designer, Debbie Runshe and the entire team at Digital Education.

Patricia Hart

Patricia Hart
Professor, School of Languages and Cultures
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Designing a course with Digital Education was a truly fantastic experience. I won't lie; it was a ton of work on the front end, but with the help of designers Jeff Chicki and Chad Mueller from ITaP, I learned so much and felt delighted with the final product. The student evaluations confirmed our success. I started with misgivings about whether or not an online class could really meet Purdue standards for excellence, but came away convinced that distance learning can be a highly effective way to supplement our residential educational mission. It is possible to give students all they need for a given class while providing the extra flexibility that allows them to work and intern as they move steadily toward graduation.

Throughout the process, the designers posed thoughtful questions that made me reevaluate all of my teaching goals and methods. Honestly, the involvement I had with Digital Ed will change my future teaching for the good, whether in person or online.

Robert Ogles

Robert Ogles
Instructor of Distance Learning
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Prior to my first course for Distance Learning, I had primarily taught large-lecture courses for 25 years. For me, the fundamental elements of large-lecture instruction (e.g., clearly stated course objectives, statistically reliable exams) easily transferred to an online format. Adding voice recordings to existing PowerPoint slides was especially worth the effort, because the process forced me to explain difficult concepts cogently.

I have nothing but high praise for the Distance Learning staff, who in the span of about four weeks taught me how to use Adobe Presenter, and also how to make better use of Blackboard. I was then able to incorporate those new skills as I revised and improved my on-campus courses.

My experience with distance education has been quite positive. I’ve especially enjoyed communicating with off-campus students and their exam proctors. In sum, distance-learning instruction has been a good fit, not only for me personally, but also for the type of content I teach.

Jeff Perry

Jeff Perry
Lecturer, History Department
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My experience developing a course with Digital Education proved extremely informative. As someone who has long had misgivings about the quality of online education, and someone who was not fully satisfied with previous distance-education experiences, I finished excited about the course module we constructed and am eager to see it set in motion. The consultants I worked with, Erica Vail and Jeffery Chicki from Itap, were flexible in their schedules and committed to designing an interactive course that goes beyond the traditional discussion-board and weekly quiz format. They walked me through new software such as Voicethread and Webex, put together instructional videos for students (and myself), and took it upon themselves to upload and organize the course content which I provided. I am excited particularly about the Voicethread discussion forums, and believe that everyone involved in the course will benefit from the variety of ways one can connect and exchange ideas with the class. If you are new to online teaching, or simply thinking about freshening up your course design, I highly recommend working with the Digital Education Department. The time commitment is minimal (probably not much more than designing a course on your own), and it will certainly improve the quality of your distance-education course.

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