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Update Regarding Summer Courses

Note: At this point, Purdue plans to resume normal classroom operations by summer term – in which we will offer more than 700 courses, including 200+ fully online options. If we need to transition to distance learning due to the continuation of COVID-19, we will roll out decisions prior to the first date of a given module (i.e., May 18, June 15, and July 13). We will give as much advance notice as possible should such a decision need to be made.

Think Summer!

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FLPT Online Testing

Given the closure of campus, we will of course have to cancel the planned 4/1, 4/2 and 4/3 in-person language placement sessions. We are in the process of setting up many of our languages normally tested in-person in the FLPT lab for online testing. We will not be able to offer all of our language normally tested in the lab in online testing, but will still be able to place the majority of students who would normally come to the lab for testing.

Online testing will be offered for students in: French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Russian.

Students seeking placement in Mandarin Chinese,  Heritage Spanish, Latin, Japanese, Korean will be offered in-person testing at a future date to be determined–we do not anticipate being able to offer online testing in these languages.

 Students in all other SLC languages (ASL, Arabic, Portuguese, Hebrew) will need to stay in touch with faculty in their language to find out more about placement. 

We are working to be able to offer testing still this semester online, and as soon as I can share more details about when and how students will be able to test, I will be in touch!

Director of Language Placement Testing Lab School of Languages and Cultures

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Additional ASC Webinar Information

Supplemental Instruction will continue virtually for the remainder of the semester.

●     We will be launching SI on the week of March 29th.  

o   This decision is based on feedback from student leaders and students on their needs of adjusting to their online courses (both their own courses and the course they lead SI sessions for) and moving home. This also allows us additional time to provide leaders with training and practice sessions to make the experience as smooth as possible for the students we serve.

o   If courses have an exam next week (3/23-27) that is continuing as originally scheduled, our staff will work with the SI Leader to determine some level of support during the week.

●     We will be using WebEx Training as our online platform. This will allow the ability for breakout rooms (smaller group activity/work), shared whiteboard space, and several other features that best align with the SI model of collaborative, interactive learning.

●     We will be emailing all students enrolled in an SI-linked course on Monday, March 23 with information about virtual SI and how they can participate.

●     In order for students to access information about sessions and receive updates from their SI Leader, students will be automatically enrolled in a SI Session Blackboard Course(s).

o   Given there are more than 11,000 unique students enrolled in SI-supported courses, we have had to separate the SI Session Blackboard courses into 4 courses: Math; Biology & Chemistry, Economics & Management; Engineering, CS, & Physics. These were chosen based on enrollment numbers and patterns of enrollment to reduce the number of Blackboard courses for the greatest number of students.

o   Each SI-linked course will have its own folder within the Blackboard course for updates, discussion, and links to register/attend the SI sessions. Due to the structure of WebEx Training, students will need to register to attend the session; however, registration is open up until the session begins and will be automatically approved so as not to be a barrier for attendance. A benefit to this structure is that it will assist in maintaining attendance tracking and automatically reminds students of their SI session with a direct link to join the session.

o   Blackboard will also contain information developed by TLT on how to use WebEx Training and engage as a participant.

●     SI Leaders will still be holding the same amount of sessions and office hours every week.

●     Most SI Leaders will be holding their sessions and office hours at their usual time, but some will shift due to time zones. We will update the SI website with any changes.

●     Leaders will be expected to engage in course content similar to how they attend lectures during in-person instruction. If your SI leader does not have access to your course LMS or site, please work with our professional staff to help them get access.

New ASC Webinars

·        The ASC will be hosting four webinars to help students develop and strengthen strategies for learning online.

o   Online Learning: Time Management & Procrastination – Monday, March 30 at 4:30-5:30 PM EDT

o   Online Learning: Study Cycle – Thursday, April 2 at 4:30-5:30 PM EDT

o   Online Learning: Bloom’s Taxonomy – Tuesday, April 7 at 4:30-5:30 PM EDT

o   Online Learning: Finals Game Plan – Monday, April 13 at 4:30-5:30 PM EDT

·        More information on signing up for these webinars and advertisements you can share with students will be provided in the coming days. Updates will be made to our website as soon as possible.

·        Webinars will be captioned and recorded so that any student can view them online at a later date and time.

General Information

·        As previously shared, ASC consultations and Peer Success Coaching will continue virtually.

·        You can continue to submit BoilerConnect alerts to the ASC and we’ll continue to create cases and provide outreach to students.

·        The university has created a website on Learning Remotely that includes some FAQs about how to learn in online courses along with links to the Online Student Toolkit and the Available Academic Support Resources pages. This is a great resource to direct students to – not just now during the COVID-19 situation but also in the future for any students taking online courses.

Please reach out to if you or students have any questions. Our team is working remotely so email or Skype for Business messages are preferred over phone calls.

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Mathworks releases Matlab Student Use Licenses for this Semester

Mathworks has released Matlab Student Use Licenses for this Semester (Similar to Adobe). ITaP’s Contracts and Licensing group has just released communication about this – they have truly done an exemplary job during this crisis.

ECN has posted the contents of the release on the ECN KnowledgeBase pages at: and are including the text here for your convenience:

Matlab Temporary access for students

At-Home Use of MATLAB

In light of the increased demand for remote learning due to COVID-19, MathWorks has made temporary at-home access to MATLAB available to Purdue.  Active students and faculty at the University can download and install MATLAB (and the entire catalog of MATLAB Toolboxes) to their personally owned computers for remote learning until June 30, 2020.  After this date, the temporary at-home license for MATLAB will expire, and Purdue students and faculty will no longer be able to use MATLAB under this offering.  As the situation evolves, however, MathWorks may update the expiration date so that Purdue users can continue their learning with MATLAB remotely. 

Download and Installation

Active Purdue students and faculty can download and install this temporarily-licensed copy of MATLAB on their personally owned computers by using the following link:

Individuals should review the page, scroll down, and click on the Sign in to get started button.  Most users will need to create a MathWorks account using their Purdue e-mail address by clicking on the Create Account link just under the sign-in boxes. 

If the individual already has a MathWorks account using their Purdue e-mail, they can sign in.  If they have created an account using another e-mail, they will need to establish a new MathWorks account with the Purdue e-mail to take advantage of this offer. 

On the Create MathWorks Account page, the user should type in their Purdue e-mail address to get access to download and activate MATLAB for temporary home-use.  A green checkmark will appear to confirm that the e-mail address provided is valid for this offer.  Once all the information in the user’s profile is completed, they should click on the Create button.

The user will then be able to download the MATLAB installer on the computer where they plan to activate and the software.  The computer will need to maintain a connection to the Internet during download, installation, and activation of the software. 

Transition Existing Installs of MATLAB to Temporary License

If an individual already has MATLAB installed and wishes to transition to this temporary license, they simply need to make sure they’ve created their MathWorks account as described above and re-run their MATLAB installer.  They will be able to select the temporary Campus-Wide License and then install any additional Toolboxes that are now available.  MATLAB should then pull down the proper license from the individual’s MathWorks account that is associated with Purdue.

Once the temporary MATLAB license expires, the user will need to re-activate their previous license by clicking on Help in the toolbox, selecting Licensing, and finally Activate software.

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P/NP Policy Change Information

New P/NP Policy – You should have received an email regarding the new P/NP Policy. Here are some things the advisors would like you to keep in mind regarding these changes:

  • You have until May 1st to decide whether or not to make your courses Pass / No Pass.The advisors are encouraging all students to wait until at least mid April to make decisions on P/NP courses to have a better idea about what grades they can expect to earn.
  • P/NP is NOT Pass / Fail. If you choose this option of P/NP, in order to “Pass” and earn a “P” you must earn a C- or better in the course. If you are receiving grades, you need to earn a D- or better in all ME courses to move on in our sequencing. Please keep this in mind when you are making a decision. 
  • If you change your grade mode to P/NP and earn lower than a C- in the course, you will earn a “NP.” Earning an “NP” would mean you must repeat the course.
  • When deciding if this option is right for you, we encourage you to use the GPA calculator to see how this might impact your cumulative GPA: 
  • If you have questions regarding this policy change, please refer to the FAQs on the Registrar’s website: If your question cannot be answered there, please email your Academic Advisor.
  • Pre-Professional Advising Office wants you to “please know that this decision can impact a student’s future professional school applications. While at present it appears that schools are open to accepting P grades in required classes, that DOES NOT mean these grades will be seen as equally competitive against applicants who have regular grades for those same courses. This is a fluid situation. We encourage students to take their time with this decision. Pre-Professional Advising will be updating the COVID-19 section of our website as new information becomes available. ( All of the Pre-Professional Advisors are available for student appointments via BoilerConnect and checking the email.

The ME Undergraduate Advisors are always here to help! Please let your advisor know if you have questions or concerns regarding this policy. We want you to have all of the facts and get your questions answered.