Academic Excellence

Promoting Excellence in Teaching

Ningchun Han
Ningchun Han

Instructional Technology Specialist

Office of Instructional Technology

Another successful offering of the Digital Learning Faculty Certificate Program recently was announced by Purdue Calumet.

Some 159 faculty members have participated in the program, initiated in 2006, which is intended to support faculty as they design or re-design an online, hybrid or technology-enhanced course.

Program Funding

The Digital Learning Faculty Certificate program is funded by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and supported through the Office of Instructional Technology. The mission of the program is to promote faculty development in effective course design and innovation in teaching.

Currently offered during spring and summer semesters

The most recent Digital Learning program, directed by Emily Hixon, Ph.D, and Ningchun Han, Ed.D, found 19 faculty members and instructors involved during the Spring 2013 semester.

Throughout the semester, these participants engaged in a series of workshops—studying learning theories, best practices in course design, and strategies of technology integration and course management.

Participants demonstrate development

After working closely with their mentors in one-on-one sessions, those involved demonstrated what they learned, while developing their own courses in Blackboard.

Once the Digital Learning participant successfully demonstrates the learned objectives of the program, while teaching their own course, they will be awarded their Digital Learning Certificate.

Course Review

Last month, a team of mentors reviewed the courses that were developed from the previous year and taught during the spring 2013 semester and was pleased with the outcome.

The following faculty members recently were awarded their certifications: Dr. Constantin Apostoaia, Dr. Ricardo Calix, Dr. Ge Jin and Dr. Kathryn Sweeney.

Program to continue

The call for applications for the spring and summer 2014 sessions will go out during the upcoming fall semester.

To obtain more information about the Digital Learning Program, please contact Dr. Emily Hixon ( or Dr. Ningchun Han (, or visit which is available under the Faculty Support Menu on the Office of Instructional Technology website.