Find out about teaching with technology at Purdue, invite an educational technologist to your next faculty meeting

When Patti Darbishire, associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Pharmacy, started planning the college’s summer faculty retreat, she knew she wanted a speaker who could provide practical solutions – so she turned to a resource she knows well.

“I had worked with Teaching and Learning Technologies in the past, as they had introduced me to their RePlay app, which I absolutely love,” says Darbishire. “Our department head thought inviting them to our retreat was a great way to let our faculty know about the resources available on campus.”

Teaching and Learning Technologies, part of Purdue Innovative Learning, is the on-campus resource for instructional technology, including: classroom tools, course design resources, content creation applications, and more. Staff routinely meet with faculty in one-on-one consultations, host faculty professional development workshops and work with schools and departments to implement educational technologies.

Darbishire says she wanted her colleagues to learn about RePlay – a web app that turns quizzes into a game, with a game-like interface that allows students to compete against each other and reinforces course objectives – because her students found it to be a useful tool in memorizing important information. She figured a hands-on demonstration would be more beneficial than simply talking about her experience.

“The demonstration allows instructors to think about how they can use the tool in their own course. There are a lot of different approaches you can take using a tool like RePlay, so seeing it in action is really helpful,” says Darbishire.

To learn more about inviting a Teaching and Learning Technologies staff member to your next team meeting, department retreat or faculty seminar, contact

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Writer: Dave Stephens, technology writer, Information Technology at Purdue, 765-496-7998,

Last updated: September 19, 2019