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Purdue University STEM Education Initiatives

Purdue challenges traditional teaching by changing the way classes are taught based on our research that identifies how today's students learn best. Purdue has already redesigned 62 courses, focusing on fewer lectures, more group projects, and incorporating online and in-class components to optimize faculty-student interaction. For instance, with access to personal electronics and shared information in the redesigned general chemistry course, students performed significantly better on the American Chemical Society national standardized exams. Other results indicate that students have higher perceived levels of engagement, confidence and competence in the redesigned courses that may correlate to higher grade-point averages. Purdue aims to double the rate of class transformation within the next three years, and lead the nation's universities in creating a new world of learning.