Online and ready to learn
All Purdue University undergraduate students on the West Lafayette campus have been automatically enrolled in Learning Online 101 since its launch in the spring of 2021. The course is popular with more than their undergraduate community: Purdue graduate students, teaching faculty, and staff use Learning Online 101 as a foundation for developing their courses in Brightspace.
To date, over 57,000 learners have been enrolled in the course, with more than 3,000 students giving the course high marks in a post-course evaluation survey. 95.5% of respondents said they felt the content was helpful across all four of the course modules. Additionally, over 70% of the respondents agreed that the Learning Online 101 objectives were achieved by completing the course. Instructors across the university added that Learning Online 101 allowed them to focus on teaching course content instead of using class time to review how to use Brightspace.
“Positive feedback indicated this course provided a good overview and introduction to learning online, helped them feel more confident starting college and reduced their anxiety,” Maschinot said.
Learning Online 101 has also received several awards, including Purdue’s Bravo Award and the Award for Exceptional Teaching and Instructional Support, and was a nominee for the 2021 Learning Technologies Team Award from the eLearning Consortium of Colorado, Northwest Managers of Education Technology, and the NW eLearning Community.
Today, Purdue continues to improve its online learning services and supports for students and instructors. Using the learnings from the Learning Online 101 course and taking feedback from students, Purdue has created Learning at Purdue. Launched in the spring of 2022, Learning at Purdue enables students to practice navigating Brightspace features, including how to submit assignments and quizzes, the ins and outs of discussion boards and the Awards tool.